Showing posts from November, 2013

His Eye is on the Sparrow

So, Lucy Rocket is quite a sick little puppy.

And I am one nervous wreck. You can tell because it's 2:35 a.m. and I am blogging instead of sleeping.

We noticed some mild gastrointestinal upset over the last two days, but she was just so darn perky and happy and full of energy, that it was tough to take it too seriously. And then late last night she just started growing lethargic, and then this morning she curled up in her pet carrier and started crying. This was just not right, so the minute the vet's office opened we took her in.

Let me be really candid here. Human health care in China is one thing, but canine health care here initially frightened me, because pets, especially dogs, don't necessarily have the same status here they tend have in some other countries. I have seen dog meat sold here with my own eyes in two different places, both in my neighborhood. Friends around town have posted photos of the same in their own neighborhoods (I have taken no photos and will …

Street musicians

While I rarely give my pocket change to the panhandlers all over Shanghai, I always tend to drop a coin or two into the hat or instrument case of musicians playing on the sidewalk or street corners. Even the ones playing the screechy Chinese instruments that sometimes aren't that friendly to my western ears. I'm ever hopeful for a surprise like this little girl got when she tossed some change to a musician:

If it ever happens to me, you'll be the first to know!

There's a teenager in the house...

Happy birthday, Nate the Great!


I had a big writing deadline and I slid in under the wire. It was a script on the theme of HOPE, and man was it really difficult to write. I found a bunch of images for inspiration in the thick of the project, and the Star Wars fan inside me particularly loves this one:

The process took a whole lot out of me, and left me nothing for this little space. I'll be back to regular posting and sharing more of our Chase Family European Vacation (which sadly did not include one of my favorite Chases- Chevy) soon.

In the meantime, a favorite photo from this week:
That's my Ben in the middle from America, Alex from Australia on the left, and Ben from Canada on the right, playing in a Japanese soccer league on a rooftop gym with the Shanghai skyline in the background. Photos like this exactly capture why I love this life as much as I do. Love these boys and their mamas, all friends in the neighborhood. And in K-9 news, tonight Lucy Rocket is having a friend spend the night for the firs…