• Writing

    food;words;dirt

    When we moved to Evanston for my grad studies, we interviewed for a basement unit. During our interview, the couple asked the general line-up of questions you would assume a college-aged student to receive. When they asked us if we had any questions for them, I blurted, Can we grow a pot garden?! I didn’t think anything of it until the silence. Frankly, I was really confused why they slowly turned their heads to each other and cautiously responded with, Do you mean a container garden? Yes! (nervous laughter) Needless to say, we didn’t grow a pot garden nor a container garden for the three years we lived there. Those neighbors…

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    Giving Grace

    The reactions you receive when discussing our journey TTC with people can be quite amusing. I wonder if this is because we are accustomed to keeping personal matters personal, not burdening anyone with difficult subjects. And believe me, TTC is a difficult, personal matter. In the past couple of years, I have cautiously opened up to others about this topic. Each time I open up to a new person or group, it feels like a step of trust and faith. For the most part, our story has been received with love and grace, but occasionally this hasn’t been true. Through this experience, I’ve learned a few things about others and…

  • Family,  Pregnancy

    Acronyms

    I think the first time I really experienced all-things acronyms was in college, which is probably true for many people. I remember wondering what the SDR was and what people did when they had a DTR with another person. But, pretty soon, these and other acronyms were part of daily life. With each stage of life, different slang, acronyms, and lingo naturally emerge. But I’ve sometimes wondered if we also use acronyms as a way to distance ourselves from emotion. This thought came to mind recently after I stumbled across another post that included an acronym I’ve encountered countless times over the last couple of years. Honestly, I had no…

  • Writing

    Bring forth words…

    I’ve found that change in life often spurs reflection. I remember when my parents moved from my childhood house to a different city, I wrote about the anxiety I felt that caught me by surprise. When Daniel and I got married, there was another set of changes. When we moved into our second apartment, when I started grad school, when he started a new job, when we moved churches, all of these moves instigated change: disruptions in our pattern of living. The disruptions also caused reflection. When we moved to our second apartment, we naturally reflected on our first: the building that had rugged stairs I was convinced I would one…

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    Leaving Seoul

    Today is our last day in Korea. We’re meeting with a friend for breakfast and then heading to the airport. I’m amazed at what we’ve accomplished in this last week since Monday. We’ve traveled from Seoul to Busan to Kyungchu back to Seoul all in a few days. The last two were spent solely in the Seoul area. I was looking through some pictures yesterday and saw one I took of an elevator. “An elevator?!” Yes. Here it is, in all of it’s glory. I took this to remember the first time we rode an elevator in Seoul and how I screamed as the doors quickly shut and all I…

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    Morning adventures

    This morning started a bit early. We packed our belongings last night. Rather, Daniel packed our belongings last night. He’s good at packing and I’m good at making lists to remember (most) things. He also packed the car this morning. I wish I had a before and after picture to show you just how much stuff he put into two suitcases. We came with two full suitcases and purchased gifts and clothes. We made our last trip to the local conbini to get coffee. I’m surprised we didn’t know the workers by name after this week after all of our early trips due to jet lag. We leave for Korea…

  • Family,  Food,  Uncategorized

    second time around

    I’m writing on a Saturday night in Tokyo. Back home, it would be Saturday morning but it’s Saturday night. Sometimes that still confuses me. We’ve been in Japan for only a few days, but it feels like much more. We’ve done a lot. I wish I could remember and record everything, but for now, a few pictures will have to do. When we first landed, Daniel’s parents picked us up from the airport and we ate sushi with them and his sister. I was already full from the amount of food we ate on the plane, but sushi in Japan is amazing, so I ate more. We came to this…

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    Singing again

    My best friend recently started a blog called, “Not a Wasted Day.” I love it. I’ve told her before, but I look forward to every post she writes. Daniel and I are getting ready for our second trip over the Pacific to Japan. This time we’re also visiting extended relatives in Korea. Preparing for the trip reminded me of blogging. It’s been quite a gap of time since the last time I blogged. Over two years. I blogged parts of our last trip to Japan and decided to read through those blogs. I ended up reading those blogs and the multiple previous entries I made. Some brought tears to my…