1 + 1

My blog wouldn't be complete without a post about my 1 + 1 companion Alisha! I wouldn't have made it this year without her. There were challenges, fun times, hard times but all in all I wouldn't trade any of it.  We both have said that somehow this was one of the best years we and one of the hardest years we have had. 

For the record the challenges and hard times weren't because of us fighting! Our only fight (we even have a witness) was over each of us insisting the other take the last of the milk and I don't really count that as a fight! We both are thankful the Lord preserved our friendship.

 Here are some of the highlights of the year:

Our journey wouldn't be complete without the mass luggage we hauled across the world. I'm ashamed to say we both had two 50lb. suitcases, two carry-ons and I managed to haul my pillow and warm blanket. After living in Korea we realized how ridiculous we were about hauling so many unnecessary things. 

Among the 200+ pounds we both hauled together we somehow didn't think to pack lots of food from home. However, our friends and family were kind enough to send us 26 bags of black beans! We were known as the 'black bean' girls. We also appreciated Mexican food like never before! 
Teaching was hard but affogato's were oh so good! We loved them at night and hated them the next morning as an espresso shot poured over ice-cream around 8pm at night didn't allow for much sleep! 

We got ahold of traditional hanboks and our friends took a photo shoot of us. We laughed and laughed and laughed! 

Let's not forget the dogs! Sobe adopted us...ok, I let her out of the dog pin, brought her to the apartment and then she adopted us ... same thing, right? Anyways, Sobe LOVED us so much she even birthed her cute little baby Rea in our bathroom. They are now living happily on a farm running through the rice fields, or so we hope!

We worked out like there was no tomorrow ... ok, not really. But we took pictures of us planking and doing yoga random places and that counts for something! At least we had lots of fun! 

And last but certainly not least we successfully taught kids! I think I can speak for both of us when I say that these kids changed our lives. I can't tell you the Korean school was easy because it was one of the hardest things I have ever done but the kids were so worth it and I'm glad Alisha and I were there to help each other! Sharing the love of Jesus with these kids and investing in them was worth the hard times! 

These pictures barely begin to capture our year together. At the end of the year it wasn't 1+1 but was 1+1+1 with God being the first one! He carried us through this year as Alisha and I both know there is no way on Earth we could have done it without Him and I'm so thankful He did! 


Coming Home

Dear Family and friends,

Some of you know of what is going on but others don't. I'm writing this blog post to inform everyone.

Over this past fall and winter, our Bible study group has been studying the book of James. We were encouraged to memorize the book of James and were told that God would sink it into the marrow of our bones. I made the commitment to memorize, but asked God to use the verses in my life and to help my memory. Well ... that book could not have come at a better time.

The book of James says the trying of our faith produces patience, it says to ask wisdom from God who giveth to all men liberally, it tells me that the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God, it says that our life is like a vapour, and it tells me that I don't know what a day will bring forth.

I'm not even sure how to write all this or how to properly explain. Dave's Mom, Carol, has passed away after a hard battle with cancer. Being away from home is hard, but after a long 11 months of being away from Dave I am moving home tomorrow morning. These were not my original plans but God has each day planned and I know His plan is perfect.

God has done more in my life in Korea than I can ever begin to explain. He has healed my heart as I asked Him to do, has given me a body of believers, has allowed me to share Christ with Korean children, and more than anything else, somehow God has held Dave and I together this whole time and has grown our love in a way I never knew could happen.

I need prayer. Prayer to get home safely and lots of prayer for Dave's family.

While I am home in America, my main focus will be to help Dave and to be still spending time with the Lord. My phone will remain shut off and my contact, for now, with all my friends that I love will be minimal.

I can't tell each of you how much I appreciate your prayers, love and support!