Saturday, June 30, 2007

Job Search

As you probably know, we're coming back to the US in November of this year. Only 4 more months to go! Thomas will be attending Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC and I will be bringin' home the bacon. That being said, I have to find a job...deep breath. Over the past week I've put together my online portfolio so I can hopefully woo potential employers. Please keep this in your prayers. I was blessed with a job I enjoyed while we were in Charlotte and I hope to find the same in Raleigh. My prayer is to find a job I really enjoy and hopefully one where I can use my skills to God's glory. Thank you!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Sunday, June 24, 2007

World Vision Stir

And some people wonder why third culture kids often have a hard time adjusting to life in a self absorbed "developed" country. When one has experienced the "developed" and the "developing" countries of the world it can often be hard to justify and acclimate into the former.
James 1:27 says "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." There are so many ways that we can fight and champion for those far less fortunate than us even while sitting in our cozy, over stuffed, swiveling, office chairs (I would be more impressed if you actually got up and got your hands dirty though). Challenge yourself daily to "do something" of greater significance.... I'm rambling.
ps. Be nice to the next TCK you run into... they are weird but... it's not all their fault. Not that TCK's can't be spoiled brats too, I mean look at me, I had Margret for goodness sakes. But having been witness to so much suffering over a long period of time does tend to put things in perspective.
pps. I'm not ranting and raving against the "developed" world, it is after all the technology of that world that allows me to ramble here. I just wish we would better use our efforts and resources towards an end that benefits those who need it most.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Buddha has a birthday?

A few weeks ago Buddha's birthday was celebrated here in Korea. It's a national holiday so we had a day off work, wahoo! We went with some friends downtown to a Buddhist temple to see all the lanterns and that night saw the Lotus Lantern Parade. It was a fun experience and the lanterns were really quite beautiful.
Lanterns at the temple with prayers attached

A view inside the temple

Women in the parade

A float in the parade

The temple at night

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Family Visit!

Morris, Renee and Sheila getting ready to eat Tak Galbi for the first time

On May 23 our moms and Thomas's grandpa Morris arrived in Korea! We'd been anticipating their arrival for months and were happy the day had finally come. The first night was spent in Incheon where the airport is. We stayed in a nice hotel and even had a real breakfast the next morning. Breakfast is a rare find in Korea so we fully enjoyed it!

Our moms and Morris were able to stay in the IMB Baptist Guest House in Sinchon. It was about an hour from where Thomas and I live, but the low price made it well worth the distance. It was like an apartment with two bedrooms, a kitchen and a common area with couches, a tv and a computer with internet access. It was also very Western in style so our family was quite comfortable.

They were even able to take advantage of the oven! Renee baked us cupcakes and cookies! It's been hard here not having an oven, so that was a welcome treat that we shared with our kindergarteners and the other teachers at our school. Thank you Renee!!

Me and mom with a guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Below are just a few of the photos we took over the past two weeks along with some explanations. We had lots of fun exploring Seoul and visiting with our moms. It was sad to see them go. You forget how much you miss someone until you get to see them again for only a short time and then they're gone again. I love you Mama!

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Eating Korea's famous pork bbq

On Sunday we went to Yeouido Full Gospel church which boasts to be the largest church in the world as far as membership with 800,000 members. We sat in the international section and were able to listen to the sermon on headphones that had about 6 languages including English. We attended the 11am service and it was packed!

Dinner at Sala Thai in Jamsil

Last Saturday we did the USO (US army) DMZ tour. It was awesome. We went to Camp Bonaface which is right at the border of North and South Korea. We saw a great presentation and video about the Korean War and the ongoing conflict between the two countries. We went into a United Nations building that is literally on the border of N. and S. Korea. So we were actually able to stand in North Korea. Outside the building we could see N. Korean soldiers and were told that with every tour they photograph people on tour and look at you with binoculars. I actually got a pretty good picture of an officer observing us. Pretty cool.

Army officers at the DMZ Tour

South Korean Rock Soldier

North Korean Soldier

Renee and Morris with North Korea in the background

On their last day we went to the Korean Folk Village in Suwon. We got to see lots of traditional Korean houses ranging from peasant, to commoner, to middle class and wealthy families.

Me and Mom with kimchi pots

We got "Crane" written in Korean Script

It's hard to believe we've been here 9 months! It's gone by really fast. We only have 4 months left here. Our plan is to leave at the end of October and travel a bit on the way home. We may go to the beach in Goa, India and then to London. Thomas hopes to see and Arsenal soccer game if it works out. Then we'll fly home from London in time for Thanksgiving. It won't be long! Thanks for all your prayers during our time here. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon. ~ Leslie and Thomas