Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Then and Now, a Photo Series



I thought it would be fun to do a little "Then and Now" photo comparison from when we lived in China before.  One of the reasons we were thrilled to be back in Beijing was that we have a history with people here.  It's a new home in a new location at a new school, BUT we're able to be with friends, former students, and teammates that we've known for years. I can't tell you how good it feels to move to a new place and already be known.  Here's a little taste.  
  

Aiden and his buddy then...


And now...



This is one of my favorite pictures ever.  Ellie and her best Chinese friend, Missy, with baby Aiden.  Then...

And now... Aiden was not about to hold still for this, and clearly, Missy was "not impressed."  



I had to put this one in for pure cuteness.  Ellie at the Beijing Zoo with her favorite, cotton candy.  Then...

And now...



When I was pregnant with Ellie, we went to her ultrasound to find out her gender.  Our teammates waited for the news, wanting to know if their daughter, Sydney, would have a best friend or boyfriend.  Turns out, it was a best friend! Baby Ellie on the left with Sydney.  Then...



And now...  Makes my heart happy that Ellie has a friend that spans all the change in her life.  



Ellie has always had a connection with "Uncle" William.  Then...


And now...


The guy on the right was my student during our training class our very first month in China back in 2006.  We became friends with his family, and his twin sister became my language tutor.  CRAZY that these kids are now grown, graduated, have jobs, and she’s married.  So fun to watch them go through these life phases over the last seven years.  Then...


And now...  Aiden was a big fan of her husband, likely overwhelmed him a bit.  The young couple was planning to have a baby in the near future.  After an evening in our home, I think they may have changed their minds.



This is where we had our last meal before leaving China in June 2011.  This restaurant, nicknamed "The Green Umbrella" was near where we stayed when Aiden was born, meaning we ate LOTS of take-out from this place, which we didn’t mind since the food is a-mazing.  I dream about their lemon chicken.  The restaurant then...  


and now...

or at least where the restaurant used to be, knocked down into a pile of dirt for Beijing’s next building project.  The rate at which Beijing is building, expanding, is really quite astounding.  Housing prices have tripled, yes, tripled in just the two years since we’ve been gone.  (Thankfully, our school provides our apartment!) It’s all about the demand.  Across the world’s most populous country, everyone wants to move to the city.  Beijing is the crowning capital city, offering the best in education and jobs, creating the current population of over 20 million, and a city under constant re-construction.  And now, tragically, no lemon chicken.

So there you have a taste of the change between then and now.  

I'm planning to do a blog post showing people our home here.  Check back for the grand tour!  But I'm curious to know what people are interested in seeing or reading about our life here.  Leave a comment and let me know!

ALSO...lots of work has been going on behind the scenes.  Exciting news coming about Velvet Ashes!!      




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