Don’t worry we’re still alive 🙂 sorry for not posting earlier. We’ve been very busy with Christmas and all the festivities!
Where to begin? I’ll start out with saying that it was a very different Christmas for us here in Taipei. It was tough being away from our families during such a wonderful time of the year. On the other hand, it was a great opportunity for Sarah and I to really focus on each other and most importantly, the TRUE meaning of Christmas, Jesus Christ. We’ve really been diving into His Word and really focusing on following His plans for us. It’s an exciting point in our lives as a couple 🙂
Anyways, back to the festivities. Unfortunately, while you were all pigging out on steak and drinking egg nog, we were teaching the wonderful children of Taiwan. Yea, Christmas isn’t an official holiday here. That was rough. Luckily, our school threw a Christmas party for the kids. We sang songs, had a talent show, and did a gift exchange. I was even able to dress up as Santa Clause!
We weren’t able to personally give gifts to family and friends at home, but as you’ve seen from previous posts, we’ve become really close to our night market family. The three little boys are so cute and we wanted to give them some gifts. We hooked them up with some sticky balls, airplanes, swords, masks and other toys. It was so fun watching their little faces light up as they unwrapped the toys. We spent Christmas Day hanging out with our “family” in Taiwan. We couldn’t ask for anything better while we’re here.
Now, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without spending it with our real families. Thank goodness for skype! We got our butts out of bed early so we could spend Christmas with them via skype. It was almost like the real thing. We took turns opening our stockings and gifts and had just as much fun as we would have had at home. Dad, you’d be proud. I even had Sarah do a scavenger hunt for her presents 🙂 We would like to thank all our friends and family who sent us Christmas cards, gifts, notes, and star wars chopsticks! You’ve all made us feel very special this Christmas away.
We have an exciting few weeks ahead of us! My brother and sister are on their way to Asia as I type this blog. We will be meeting them in Thailand for a nice vacation and then they will be coming back with us to Taiwan for a couple weeks! Although it’s hard being away from family, we’ve been fortunate to have families take the time to come visit us.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Kyle and Sarah
A great post you guys. Sure glad Christmas wasn’t lonely for you. As I write, Jord & Bert are waiting in O’Hare to catch their first leg to Asia. To say they are pumped up is an under statement. I love my Viber app on my Ipad mini. OH YEAH !!!!!!
It was a very different Chirstmas this year for us too. It was fun that you got to join us via Skype though! It made my heart happy that you weren’t alone on your Christmas Eve and that you got to share it with your Taiwan “family”. We will be praying for you as you travel these next few weeks. Even though Dad and I can’t be there, I’m excited that my kids will be having an awesome adventure making memories to last a lifetime!
Kyle & Sarah
So glad you had the family there to visit and could “visit” during Christmas via computer. Just wondering if Flat Stanley arrived and was visiting you during Christmas. Cole was excited to be able to send him to another country.
Happy New Year
We haven’t gotten Flat Stanley yet! When did you send it? We’ll make sure to check our mail often. We’d love to have him visit us in Taiwan! 🙂
Kyle & Sarah
Glad that Christmas was special for you! We missed you here at the Door party!! It looked like those little ones from your Taiwan family enjoyed an American christmas thanks to you! We will be praying for you guys and Jordan and Brittni as you travel and get to spend time with them. Have fun and stay safe!!