Monday, May 30, 2011

Resigned Defeat

Caleb and Michelle

I love this picture!! And I love Caleb's little expression.  Check that face out.

It's like "oh shucks, she's got what....How can I get outta this one?!?"

Saturday, May 28, 2011


I wrote several weeks back about Springtime in Songtan.
We had a beautiful spring and I really enjoyed the abundance of color and the gorgeous display of flowers everywhere.

This past week we were out with Caleb and I was struck by the sudden and marked shift from spring to summer that had so quickly occurred.  I was also struck by the resplendent shades of green, everywhere.

just beautiful.

Please help!

Some close friends of ours are in the process of adopting.  They have been in the process for some time now and it has been a hard process.  I don't want to go into specific details here, not wanting to make any situation worse but I do want to share it with you and ask you to please help by being in prayer with us for this adoption and this couple.  I know a number of you reading have either adopted yourselves or are in the process of adopting or hope to one day adopt and I know a number of you reading are also big prayer warriors, loving to bring things before the Lord and watch Him work.  So please help by lifting up this couple, this process and these child(ren) to the Lord.  We know and trust that He is in control and that there are no "road bumps" to Him or to His plan and that He already knows the end of the story and we also know He tells us to come to Him in prayer - so please help and please join us in covering this situation in prayer and bringing it before Him!

treasured moments

Thursday, May 26, 2011


I think it is safe to say, Caleb likes blueberries!

"I'll take my blueberries with some eggs, thank you"

And pretty safe to say, I love my bluebaby!

what the adults were eating - blueberry crepes


Issac slept through most of breakfast - poor guy, missed out...hopefully his milk was blueberry flavored.

All Clean!

PS:  In case you are fairly new to the blog and didn't know this - I am not into purple toilets, sticker decals or pink/teal bathrooms, or said another way:  I did NOT pick out or decorate our hideous bathroom.  That said, I am very thankful to have a bathroom and a bathroom with a bathtub no less (not all Korean bathrooms have tubs).

(Asian) Plastic Surgery Capitol of the world

We watched this clip the other day (thanks for sending Michelle) and I thought it was an interesting culture piece to share.  Many Asians (and many, many Koreans from our experience) seem to be extremely appearance-driven.  Looks and fashion are a really, really, really big deal here (they say Korea is ahead of the US in fashion, if you can believe that - which I am not sure I do....If it's true, watch out America there are some intersting trends headed your way soon!).  Name brands are everything here and second-hand is unheard of.  Women even go hiking in high heels!

Anyway, apparently we are currently living in the Asian plastic surgery capitol of the world with hundreds of plastic surgeries taking place daily, many on young children.  This clip made me so sad....Sad for a culture believing a lie that they "don't look good enough" and that a "western" look is "superior."  If only they could see their beauty and embrace such beautiful differences!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

"Dood Things. Every Day"

We stumble upon a lot of random things in Korea and a lot of "konglish" (korean english), here's one I saw the other day:

Now that's some "dood" pizza!


On a completely seperate and unrelated note, Blogger (the website that I use for my blog) is having some major issues....I've been "losing" posts that I have written - they just disappear.  Apparently, it is happening to a lot of people who use blogger and they are "working on the issue."  I really hope they get it fixed because I've lost some posts that I put a lot of time into!  I hope to turn this blog into a book at the end of the year and I'll be really disappointed if I'm missing parts of our journey. 

 Not dood.

Anyway, this issues is making me hesitant to do a lot of posting or spend much time on any posts, since who knows if they'll be here tomorrow.  So bear with me, as I bear with blogger....and here's to hoping things are able to be reinstated and fixed soon!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

wrestling with mama

As you can tell from his hair, these pictures are from about a week ago (pre hair cut) but since I hope to turn this blog into a memory book at some point, I wanted to make sure to include these.  Fun afternoon of rough housing with mama....likely won't happen much in his life, so thought I better document it!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

First Haircut

Caleb's first haircut was long overdue.  First it was daddy who didn't want to cut it, then he gave in and mama hesitated, then he changed his mind and didn't want to do it....but it needed to be done so at 15 months, Caleb had his first haircut.

We bribed him with raisins (his idea of candy).  It worked really well.

love this picture - good shot, Daddy!

Baby Isaac asked his mama (Gail) if he could come and be moral support for Caleb:

He's such a thoughtful baby, always trying to help out his friends....

And that was Caleb's first haircut.  He did a great job (with help from Isaac and a handful of raisins)!

Happy Teacher's Day

This past week was "Teacher's Day" in Korea. Below is a picture of Steve and one of his (many) students.  Did you know that in addition to being the youth director at SCBC, my husband, Caleb's daddy, a part time substitute teacher at ICS, a part time student himself and a private English teacher, he also teaches at the Daniel school (a ministry attached to the Korean side of our church)?  Yes, he is a hard workin' man, wearing many hats these days.

In honor of Teacher's Day, I do want to stop and give a thanks to all the many teacher friends in our lives!  Thank you for all your hard work and your investment in the next generation - you are appreciated!

An extra-special shout out to Emily and Kevin Anderle and Alex and Christie Schmidt!!!