Date of Photo: 12-8-2010; This photo was taken on my first birthday celebration while serving in Yunyang, Chongqing, China. My students surprised me with a traditional hot pot dinner and noodles to symbolize a long life. At the end of the evening, they brought a huge birthday cake to the table. All at once they lit the candles and began singing Happy Birthday- in English! Though I was a bit afraid of the giant flames on the candles, as I blew them out, I knew my wish had already come true; I had made friends.