Samsung & Yeosu

I meant to update everyone last weekend but that didn't happen =) ... 

*Last Weekend (5/11-5/13) - A friend of ours, named Anders, gave us a voucher to stay at Samsung Hotel on our island! We headed there on Friday and got to sleep in comfy beds, see a beautiful view, eat American food, work out, and go to a Korean Spa. Saturday we spent the night at our friend Cherrel's house. Since our Mom's are gone and Cherrel's daughters were gone we cooked her Mother's Day breakfast and go to spend some time with her. Alisha wrote a more in depth blog post on the past weekend so feel free to read it here: http://fromkansastokorea.blogspot.com/2012/05/vacation-recap.html

Korean Spa! 
Cute Twins! 
Breakfast for 4 eaten by 2 =) nom nom 

*School - We took the kids hiking this week and they did really well! I wasn't so sure how they would do because the beginning of the mountain was pretty steep but they surprised me and no one tumbled down. I also got my kids ice cream this week. I have never seen kids get so excited for ice cream! Justin even drooled =). On a more serious note ... Alisha and I have felt led to get our School Principal and Director a Bible, they are currently Buddhists but we wanted to share about Christ with them. We wrote them a long letter explaining what Christ means to us and what the Bible means to us and we are hoping to find a translator this week so we can give it to them asap. If you feel led to pray for me specifically regarding school I could especially use some motivation and patience from the Lord right now =) I love my kids but teaching 8 classes a day can be tough. 

*Saturday (5/19) - Today we went to the Yeosu World Expo. The only way I know how to describe it would be to say it is like Vegas x100 without all the 'sin'. The theme is "The Living Ocean and Coast". There are many countries represented and they each have a pavilion. It was really beautiful and interesting! Pictures can not capture this expo, although I did try =) My favorite Expo's were France, Turkey and Israel! All were very well done and Israel had verses, which I especially liked. We spent an entire day there and I don't think we saw half of it! 
Their website has lots of information and pictures - http://eng.expo2012.kr/main.html?mobile_at=Y

All made from .... Legos!!! 


A field trip to pick ... strawberries

Today Kids College decided to take a field trip to pick strawberries. When I first heard about going to a field to pick strawberries I thought it was kind of odd. I mean, in America, I've never heard of a school going to pick strawberries. Plus, in Korea, I never know what to expect on field trips. However this field trip was by far my favorite field trip yet! Here is the recap:

Justin started my day off by covering his face with his hat because he wanted to be an angry bird =) He always wants to be an angry bird....

The bus ride took about 30+ minutes. The scenery was beautiful - mountains, oceans and screaming kids. That part wasn't so beautiful.. ;)

When we walked into the greenhouse we saw rows and rows of strawberries. They told us to go up and down the strawberry rows and pick as much as we wanted. Honestly, I don't care much for strawberries in the US but when I tasted one of these strawberries .... completely different! They were sweet, delicious and just amazing.   

We got to pick and eat UNLIMITED amounts of strawberries. By unlimited I mean I ate until my stomach hurt. It was grand. 
Strawberry heaven right here friends!
The kids loved this field trip! They were excited and by excited I mean so much so that even one of my kids peed their pants (oops)! I'm not sure why she didn't stop to say "Teacher, bathroom" but I guess she just forgot. 

Yummy!!! Ella for sure picked the most strawberries - she couldn't eat them all. 
The ride home was better than the ride back because, well, all the little excited kidos put themselves right to sleep. 
Justin is dreaming of being an angry bird. super angry.
I'm sure he is dreaming about being an angry bird! 
When we got back to the school they sent each of us home with another container of strawberries. So, we came home and made black bean burgers =) Nothing to do with strawberries but it was sooo good. I had never had black bean burgers and I was surprised at how good they were. 

Psalm 34:8 - Oh taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man that trusteth in him. 



Seoul & miscellaneous updates! 

Wow! I have never seen so many people in my entire life smashed into one place! We went to Seoul this past weekend with some friends from church. We got to shop at American stores as well as a Korean market. We ate Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo and also had enjoyed a delicious breakfast! Yes, there was bacon involved =). Our friends we traveled with had the trip planned out so it was nice to have some one show us around Seoul and also show us how the amazing Seoul subway system works! 

I was thankful I got some good deals on clothes as well as some Korean gifts for friends and family. However, for me, there were just too many people! It was over whelming. Alisha just informed me that each day over 1 million people pass through this area ... I probably won't be going there much more =)

Here are a few pictures: 

Lots of people! 
Starbucks =)

Making some beautiful jewelry! Who needs pinterest when you can see it live right? 
Hand painted fans!

Last but not least - this was my favorite part of the trip! I found a guarana! For those of you who are wondering what the heck this is - it is a Brazilian pop! I drank it as a kid and I still drink it at family gatherings when we cook Brazilian food! It gave me a taste of home and made family seem not so far away! =) 

Other life Updates: 

  • Alisha and I were on a hunt for rain boots! We have looked for a while but we were unwilling to pay $60 - $100 for rain boots! I decided I should pray instead of trying to figure it out on my own. Then a friend showed us a place at a market by our house that had rain boots for around $15. I am thankful our friend showed us around and I am thankful that God hears 'rain boot' prayers =) It reminds me how I need to pray more often!

  • Speaking of prayer - that brings me to my next point. Before coming to Korea, I knew my prayer life needed some major work! So, I prayed and asked God to help me in that area! He for sure has answered! Within two months of being here I have heard 3 sermons on prayer, I came across an amazing book on prayer (A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller), and Dave through various conversations has challenged and encouraged me to be better about praying. Back in the US Alisha and I had 'apartment of prayer' and we have started that again. So if you have something you want prayed for e-mail me and I can add it to our apartment of prayer list or I can pray for it on my own. (beka.l.brown@gmail.com) Our church has a prayer meeting 2 times a month so that is awesome as well! I'm definitely a work in progress but I have seen God answer big and little prayers and that has been encouraging! 
I think a passage from the sermon I remember most is from from Luke 18:1-8 about the persistent widow. It was a good reminder how I need to be persistent in prayers. I'm definitely a work in progress but am thankful God works with me and loves me regardless of how weak or strong my prayer life is. 

  • Tonight (Monday, 5/7) we had dinner with a friend from church and then had worship practice. (Yes, Alisha and I stil laugh that we are on the worship team but we are thankful for the blessing it has been.) I think this evening was a God send! Spending time with Christian friends and practicing music that focused on Christ was a huge encouragement to me! 
  • Well - I have lots more I could say, but I will save that for another post and will end with these verses:
  • I Thessalonians 5:18 - Pray without ceasing. 
  • Matthew 7:7-11 - Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye the, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?  

Thanks again for all the support, love and prayers!