taekwondo: korea’s cutest warrior

TKDOctober2014 137Kaiser has taekwondo class daily, from 3:30-4:30. We call it his job; it’s his responsiblility to go, do the work, take care of his uniform and always be on time. Mom usually takes him, but I didn’t have to work on Friday, so I got to take him. There are two new students in his class, one of whom is quite small–and cute!

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our neighborhood: bird’s-eye view

TKDOctober2014 436My friend owns a business on the four corners near where we live. He took me up to the roof to take some pictures of the neighborhood. It was raining a little bit, but I think that added to the beauty. The first picture is of the park where we often play. It’s big enough for lots of kids to ride bikes and roller blade–and run around.

The bottom picture is the school where I work. Our apartment is behind the school on a side street. The “mountain” in the background is where we hike, look for insects and catch frogs. This is also the hill we walk over to get to church on Sundays.

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suncheon: where friends rise with the sun

SuncheonOct2014 163We recently visited friends in Suncheon. Suncheon Bay has a protected wetlands that can be explored by walking along the expansive boardwalk. All of the natural beauty can be appreciated without disturbing any of it. If you are planning a visit to Korea, please visit here.

The friends we visited are a few of the first friends we made in Korea. In fact, their daughter Nuri, is Kaiser’s first friend. They have grown together. While we were visiting Suncheon, it was like three couples, instead of two families. The two kids play well together.

The church we attend in Suncheon founded a bible school; grades K-12. They asked me to help staff the school, so I am in recruiter mode. The pastor and wife ministry team is remarkable. They are the most genuine, trustworthy people. They are steadfast and admirable, to say the least.

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color tour korea: mother and son afternoon

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Tamara and Kaiser spent an afternoon with friends hiking in the mountains. It’s a great time of year to be out; the air is cool and the colors are brilliant!

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more toofless again

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Kyz lost his second wiggly tooth while at taekwondo class. The other tooth has already begun to appear.

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our little path

walktochurch 056How do you get to church? We walk. We consider it a privilege to walk to church, especially since we get to walk along a mountain trail. It’s a peaceful walk.

Our church service is quite small, usually less than a dozen folks; a few Koreans, some Indians, us Yankees and a Brit. We are a part of a larger church community, but our service is after theirs, so we go unseen. There is a playground we play at before and after the service.

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free to be young

Facendas2 110We had some great playtime in the park recently. We met with another family, they have four kids; three old enough for Kyz to play with. The kids got out their air soft guns for target practice. We played bocce ball and football.

The kids had an American lunch (thanks to Grandma Lil) of mac-n-cheese, hot dogs and fruit. They played for hours. It’s great for the kids to play and not have to worry about language/cultural barriers. They all like the Green Bay Packers and don’t have to explain what that means. No explanations or apologies, just good old fashioned American playtime.

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