At first, this blog was written for those in the States that wanted to watch our life unfold in China. Consequently, many of the early posts are about China, our life there, and the new culture we learned about.
After returning in 2013, I would find my kids looking at old posts, reminiscing about their lives in China, and I realized how our blog was now more for them than for anyone else. The name has changed from “Simmonds’ in China” to “Our Gilead”. The Hebrew word Gilead means “a monument of testimony” and I chose the picture of a pile of stones to represent how God often had His people pile up rocks for future generations to see where He had performed a miracle.
“Our Gilead” is a written monument of testimony to what God is doing through our lives, it’s my way of piling up stories for my children, my grandchildren and generations after me.