Meet Kara

I am a wife, mother, speech-language pathologist, volunteer, some-times blogger, an adoptive mama, and an expat (expatriate).  I grew up in a teeny-tiny town in central Illinois (USA) and I now find myself living in a city of approximately 10 million people in China.

My husband and I are high school sweethearts.  We lived in central Illinois for 10 years before being transferred to Suzhou, China with my husband's company.  We called Suzhou home for 4 years.  During the summer of 2015, we moved 2 1/2 hours inland by plane to our new city, Xi'an.  We have three daughters, whom we've nicknamed LBean (9 years),  EBean (6 1/2 years), and ChinaBean (4 years) to protect their privacy.  We also have a very cute puppy named Oreo.

I began this blog to serve three purposes:
1) Keep our family connected to family and friends back in the United States.
2) Record as many memories of our adventures for our children.
3) Help other expats and future expats as they transition to their new homes.  (I did a lot of blog stalking before I moved to China...well, honestly, I still do!)

Thanks for peeking into our little corner of the world!


  1. Hi Kara! Our family profile almost matches yours pre-China. Hubby was offered a position and I have SOOO many questions. Is there a way we can get in touch? Thx!

  2. Hi Kara

    Thanks so much for your husband and I will be visiting Suzhou in a few weeks as he has a final interview there for a job, so I am blog stalking too! We are believers, so it's great to read about the experiences of another Christian family. Your honest, positive comments have already helped me see that living in China is not only possible, but even fun and exciting!

    1. Hillary, I'm so glad that you found the blog! (Sorry it took me so long to respond.) If your family does move to China, please keep in contact. If you have any questions or need some encouragement, I would love to help. Living abroad is a crazy combination of fun, excitement, frustration, etc.