Amanda and Seth met online in 2008 and met is real life in December that year. In May of 2009 after Amanda’s master’s graduation, she moved to Orlando to start a new life with Seth. But that was when the economy was taking a severe nose-dive and full-time teaching jobs proved impossible to get. Seth had just graduated as a pharmacy technician and also was unable to find full-time work. With the debt mounting and the possibility of moving becoming bigger, they made the decision of “if we have to move, let’s move big!” Amanda had a minor in Chinese language and had always dreamed of teaching in China but never thought it would actually happen. But with Seth’s support and easy-going attitude, her dream and their new life began in China in August of 2010.
In December of 2016, their family finally got a little bigger with the addition of their first child through adoption.
The family is currently living in Shenzhen. Amanda is a freelance writer and editor and Seth works for a computer game company.
This blog chronicles their life here in the Middle Kingdom.