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"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." 3 John 1:4

Friday, November 25, 2011


This was our second (and last) Thanksgiving in Korea.  We had a few friends over, tons of laughter, and LOTS of food.  I made a pecan pie from scratch (Jon said it was a bit runny, but otherwise good), a pumpkin pie and apple crisp.  Then came turkey, stuffing, rolls, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, creamed corn, and gravy.  We didn't have very many leftovers this year, for which I am extremely grateful. :P

I am diving into Christmas this weekend- the tree is up, with the branches somewhat rearranged.. lol.. James and Caitlynn hung their 2011 ornaments (Jacob didn't want to choose one, so his will be up later), we took down the fall decor, and brought out greenery and ornaments. :)  I am trying to get my December playgroup items finalized, along with a creative snack for each day, and am also finishing a couple of Advent things.  I am trying to keep it relaxed this year, and if I get to it, neato!  If I don't, oh well. 
Hopefully, I will have time tomorrow to post some pictures of what we are doing.  We are attending a birthday party at the Aeshin Orphanage down the road- they have 48 orphans there right now.  Up 3 from the last head count I heard a few months ago.  Our unit sponsors them.  I made cupcakes for each of them tonight, as well as some cookies for other people that are attending.  We are hosting an annual Christmas party for them right before Christmas- last year they brought their handbell choir- AMAZING!!  During the baking, Caitlynn said to me, " Mommy, are we going to bring some of the orphans home?"  Dumbstruck moment for me. I tried to frantically recall the verse where we are to care for orphans, but she beat me to it, sort of, by saying that she wanted some more brothers and sisters.  I told her that God would have to tell Daddy and I if that was what we were supposed to do- she said, oh, we should pray about it?  lol.. Talk about an eye opening conversation!

And since its 11:22pm, and I can hear Jamie asking to "get out", I think I'll go snuggle him back to sleep. :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween on the other side of the world

We are so spoiled over here!  We might not be able to trick-or-treat like we do back in the States, but we've never been able to leave candy on the doorstep and go out with our kids together.  This year, we found a friend that has a teenager, so she said she would hand out candy for us. 
We live in a set of buildings called Viva Family (Shinchang Viva), and we are in the 100's buildings.  There is a group of 6 buildings in the 100's, 2 in the 200's, and 4 in the 300's.  We went to each building (families sit on the steps in front of each building to hand out candy) in the 1 & 200's.  The event was supposed to start at 7pm, but at 642, I could already hear screams and shouts and giggles through closed windows (and even though we live on the 6th floor- it echoes pretty well between the buildings).  When we started out, there were only a few other families, but boy, did they POUR outside a few minutes later. 
Anyhow, we walked around for about 20 minutes, hitting each building.  Take a look at the haul we got!

Here are a couple of photos from Saturday night's Trunk or Treat, sponsored by West Casey Chapel.  They had free hotdogs and chips, a few nice games, paint the pumpkins, a bounce house climber, and lots of trunks to get a treat from.

Happy Halloween!