恭喜发财 Kung Hei Fat Choi (Happy Chinese New Year)!

by SomeGirl on February 15, 2010 · 6 comments

Happy Year of the Tiger to everyone! I love celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year! It all started in college where I met one of my best, lifelong friends (and bridesmaid) Mickey Lee. We started as conversation partners just after she moved here from Taiwan. And we quickly became close friends. She took me to my first Chinese New Year celebration, taught me how to use chopsticks, introduced me to her Chinese friends and great Chinese foods, and taught me how to say many basic phrases in Mandarin (including “it’s nice to EAT you.” oops… that should have been “meet” you… I LOVE that story!). We didn’t know it at the time, but she was also preparing me for life with my future husband.  Little did I know I would meet and marry and Asian American man! You can’t tell it by looking at him, but in many ways he’s more Asian than American (we call him cauc-ASIAN). See, his family moved to Taiwan when he was just 3 years old. He grew up there as a Missionary Kid (MK) and left at 18 to go to college (Baylor). He could eat Chinese food everyday, speaks more Mandarin Chinese than he’d admit, is most comfortable around other internationals, MUST use chopsticks when eating traditional food and doesn’t have the same childhood TV memories as most of us (which made it quite awkward when we were first married, going to sleep, saying goodnight to each other and I said, “Goodnight John-Boy.” WHAT??? I quickly had to explain The Waltons!) lol

All that to say, Chinese New Year is a fun part of my husband’s heritage. We don’t celebrate it as big as the true Chinese do, but we do our part (and we gladly accept red envelopes… Thanks, Mickey!). And, in honor of Chinese New Year here are a few lovely celebration photos…

Hope you have wonderful Year of Tiger!! 虎年行大運!!

Congratulations and be prosperous!!

Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

Psalm 1:1-3

Top photo from here all others click the photos to see where they’re from.

{ 6 comments }

Sharon

I’m always honored when someone chooses one of my photos for their blog etc. Gorgeous post all around!!!
Cheers,
Sharon

Some Girl

Thank you, Sharon! Your photo really is amazing! Thanks again for letting me use it!

Cali

谢谢米歇尔
(Thank you Michelle!)

Some Girl

欢迎您,我可爱的卡利谁爱非洲,大象和博客!

Mickey Lee

Dear Michelle (明雪—bright snow),

Thank you for showing me the article. It vividly recall me the day we first met, a lot of nice memories come to my mind—-how weird when we saw Teresa(Miss North Texas) holding a horse at “so call–friend’s house” place, we tried different Chinese food together in our college town, we went to International Student Conference, and how you introduced the most precious gift for me—knowing God. Thanks Michelle!! I won’t forget them , you’re my friend forever!!

Hope you have nice Year of Tiger!!

Mickey

Some Girl

Aw, Mickey… You’re making my eyes water. I am so glad God brought our lives together at UNT! And I had almost forgotten about Teresa and the horses… that was SO awkward! She was crazy (in a fun way)! Haha! Thanks for the sweet comment!

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