About the Smyth’s

I originally had created this blog to help family and friends without a social media outlet stay connected with us through our China journey. I started this blog in April 2012 and dropped it due to other interests. In June 2012 I picked it back up and started really diving in to it and sharing a bit more.

It started as a photo blog of sorts and has evolved to an eclectic collection and writings of our travels. My goal is to share with a positive attitude and look at subjects from different views and perspectives. I don’t always succeed but I do try.

We are an Expatriate or Expat American family from Michigan living in a rural community of China. We are located about an hour from Shanghai and Suzhou. While living here we have developed relationships with other people. Our community includes, Chinese, Canadian, Australian, & American’s. Were quite a bunch!

Follow us through this China journey. Experience this side of the world through our pictures and posts. Our motto continues to be the same whether we are in America or China and that is to, “Live Life & Simply Enjoy”. Our lives have forever changed through this experience and as our girls like to say, our passports have more stamps than we ever thought they would have.

Our journey continues….

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16 thoughts on “About the Smyth’s

    • Thank you so much for the lovely comment. Had I been told a year and a half ago that I would be blogging and enjoying it, I would have laughed and said no way, I don’t have time. Ha! I love blogging now.


    • Hi there beautiful!

      Wish I knew how to look up emails so I could send this privately.

      Hope all is well with you and your family. I see I have a lot of catching up with some of my favorite bloggers as the articles look fantastic!

      I’ve been very busy and a few weeks ago decided to put my blog on hold. I enjoy blogging and have been missing it.

      Life has a way of sneaking by and those super important things in life like, “family”, get’s put on the back burner. Not intentionally of course, but it does happen and did.

      Did I ever mention that I’m teaching? I teach at an offshore British Columbia boarding school. I teach five subjects 2nd – 6th grade. I like to say I’m volunteering or trading up as my teaching at the school allows me to send my youngest daughter to attend the school. Anyway, teaching 5 subjects to 5 grade levels 5 day’s a week takes its toll and has. Whew!

      Does it sound like I’m complaining…lol. I’m not. It’s been a whirl wind and I love it. I seriously do. There are days when I do wonder why I don’t just homeschool again and leave the craziness, politics, and those ill behaved kids to someone else. Ha!

      I’ll share more soon…. Looking forward to catching up with your blog!


      • I’m so glad to hear from you! I taught 3rd grade for 16 years, so I well know of the whirl wind that you’re speaking of! It’s wonderful that you’re teaching so your daughter can go there.
        I’m glad you’re doing well. My email is clares1964@yahoo.com; should you ever want to write. Take care of yourself! 🙂

  1. My family is planning on moving to Luxu this summer so my husband and I can teach at the Sino-Canadian school. I would love to connect with you and learn about you and your family’s transition to living in China. Were a little scared!! lol. Thank you for this blog though, it’s a wealth of information!

    • You are very welcome! I’ve sent you a couple of emails with information. I hope you find it informative. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

      I smile because I understand the fear of making such a journey. For our family, this trip has only enriched our lives. We’ve learned so much about ourselves and can now truly appreciate what we have back home.

      Will you be living on campus or off campus? We live off campus and in the actual town.


  2. Hello,

    My name is Amanda Roberts and I am the author of the blog Two Americans in China. I found your blog and contact information through Expats Blog. I am the author of Crazy Dumplings, a fun food fusion cookbook that was funded through Kickstarter. My dream, though, is to write a cookbook written specifically for expats about how to cook foods and dishes from their home country in their new adopted country using ingredients that can be found locally. However, I know my experience in China isn’t the same as everyone else’s, so I thought it would be a good idea to reach out to other China expat bloggers and ask about their experiences. I would love to hear about your experiences cooking abroad. Please click the following link to take my survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3DKT52R (Works best if using Google Chrome.) I will include a link to the blog of everyone who responds and helps me out in the book.

    Thank you so much for your assistance, and I look forward to hearing from you!

    • Hi Amanda, thank you for the note.
      I will participate in your survey within a day. You’ve got a fantastic idea! A cook book for expats using local ingredients, now that should be very interesting. Thumbs up. By the way, loved your article, “It’s not ok to poop in public places”, what a hoot and something I’m still not used to. Yuck!


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