Written by (作者): Donna Freeman
Photos by (图片来源): Ningbo Mamas’ Group, Eudora Station
If you ask most expats living in China about what it is like living here, they will certainly tell you that they love it. Getting to experience a different culture, language, and way of life is full of rewards for anyone willing to embrace it and learn from it. For expats in China with families however, it can be a bit of a challenge.
Living thousands of miles away from family and loved ones back in your home town can be challenging especially when there are children involved. You want to enjoy your time living in China together but deep down inside you know you are missing out on all things family! Birthdays and holidays can make it that much harder but if you put yourself out there and build a community of friends around you, you will soon find family here too!
I recently had a chat with my friend Rebecca about our childhood memories and how we once felt that our lives in China meant we had to sacrifice those memories. We shared stories about birthdays and holidays growing up! I have noticed that like myself, many of my friends feel as if life in China means we are missing out on those things back at home when the truth is, they are just memories from our lives in a different place. Thinking about that and talking to Rebecca about it really got to me.
I want my daughter to have those same memories – of birthday and holiday celebrations with family and friends. I don’t want her to miss out on making memories! With Easter coming up, I knew I had to make it something special for my daughter and in return other families in Ningbo too. Through my connections with the Ningbo Mamas, a WeChat group that serves both the expat and local community of mothers and their families, I simply sent out an invitation to join my family and friends Fiona, Dan, and their daughter Ariel for brunch. Fiona and I thought that perhaps other families would want to join us in making lasting memories during their own time in Ningbo too.
Sure enough, we had a great turnout! 11 families, including Rebecca’s, from within the Ningbo Mamas network gathered together at Eudora Station for an Easter Sunday brunch. Families who were once strangers, came together for a meal and quickly became friends exchanging WeChat IDs and phone numbers.
We had a small Easter Egg Hunt in the garden of Eudora Station and Easter crafts to keep the little ones busy. Moms and dads chatted about raising children in Ningbo, tips and tricks for feeding babies, and plans for the next Ningbo Mamas gathering! Eudora Station provided an excellent space for our brunch and offered extra activities for everyone to enjoy as well. It turned out to be a special Easter Sunday for my family and many others. A lot of new memories were made and that is what life in China with a family should be all about!
I would like to give a special thanks to Flora and Eric at Eudora Station for accommodating our large group and providing a wonderful brunch for all of us to enjoy.
Donna Freeman is a wife, stay at home mom, dog lover and blogger who has lived in China with her family for 3 years. When not busy taking care of her kids she loves traveling, watching movies and making memories
with her family.
Donna Freeman 是一位全职妈妈、爱狗人士和博客作者。她和她的家人已经在中国生活了3 年。照顾孩子之余，她喜欢旅游、看电影、和家人一起创造回忆。