Small steps...Taiwan journey

Small steps...Taiwan journey


This is the story of our lives, especially concerning adopting 3 siblings from Taiwan.

Monday, April 2, 2012


We've arrived!

This feels like the biggest adventure of my life.  We left Salt Lake Monday afternoon March 26, had a 9 hour layover in San Francisco and visited with friends of Tom's from college.  They fed us a great dinner and showed off all the amazing things they can grow in such a temperate climate...a fig tree, pomengranate, etc.   It was a convincing "move here" discussion with the exception of the close to a million dollar price tag of homes.  Also explored the Oakland Temple grounds and saw a beautiful view of the city.

They dropped us back at the airport, direct flight left at 1 am Tuesday and arrived 14 hours later at 5 am on Wednesday in Taipei.  We took a taxi to one of the two addresses I had written down...but, oops, it was the wrong one.  We were taken to the LDS church in Jhong Li, a suburb outside of Taipei and we had intended to go to the English school we'll be volunteering at. 

 So, with little Chinese on our part, no English on their part, some pointing and guesturing, our benefactor at the English school met us at the church and took us to his school.  It's a casual looking space with loads of magazines and books, a little like a small cafe.  It’s actually called DaDa school, and they teach 7-12 year olds English after school from about 4 until 8 or so.  

We are in an apartment that is 3 blocks from the school, right across from a park,
which is amazing because the city has an industrial feel, so we haven’t seen too much green space. 
We’ve been exploring a bit along with helping at the school also.  Ching asked me to teach a small class the day after we arrived, and I realized it’s been 15 years since I did this, although with church and kids, teaching is a constant thing.  I made a little game and linked it to the Iditarod; so far, the students have loved all things Alaska.  I brought Sam’s photo album of our AK experience—animals and snow and other such particulars and it’s at just the right level for elementary aged kids to enjoy.  Emma and Sam have jumped right in to learning Chinese and meeting 40 or so new kids, playing chess and soccer, braiding hair and listening to English recitations. 

Adoption update: We aren’t able to visit our own “to be” kids in the orphanage until after the judge’s first ruling, but we did get permission to skype the youngest who is in foster care.

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