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6961451811_23f29f7962_bIt is hard to believe that my family and I are wrapping up our sixth year of living in South Korea.  Some of the things that I thought were going to be "impossible" here in Korea have become very normal parts of every day life.  Reading the Korean language is "almost" automatic (though most of the time I don't know what I am reading), I prefer eating with chopsticks (over a fork and a spoon), and the language, . . . well, I now have a rich Korean vocabulary of "taxi phrases" and "food" words.  It seems that some of the "impossiblities" of change have now become rather mundane aspects of life.

I find this to be the case with my surroundings as well.  Is it possible to take the towering skyscrapers, confusing subways, endless traffic and massive crowds of Seoul (15 million people) for granted?  Yep.  Nowadays I make trips to Seoul where I don't take a single photograph and I don't pause and utter a single "wow."

Below is a video I came across that reminded me of the "wows" all around me here in this country of South Korea.  As you watch it I hope you will remember that the inevitable changes in life are not impossible to navigate and we need to be careful to never take for granted the amazing people and places all around us.

India Memories

DSC01481The Roberts family spent Spring Break 2012 in India.  Dina and Ryan led a student service trip to a children's home in Bangalore.  We had an amazing time and it was such a privilege to share the experience as a family.  Becca and Sarah were a part of the great student team and the kids at the children's home were, of course, precious.  If you are interested, here is a video glimpse of our trip.

it's ok to have tears...

DSC01781Over on the side bar of my blog you can see that Ben Witherington's name shows up on the list of "sites I like."  I read his blog because he is a theologian that I can understand, and he seemlessly places the plotlines of today in the midst of the timeless Story of God.  I enjoy his practical approach.  Recently, Dr. Witherington's daughter died unexpectedly of a pulmonary embolism.  In this article in Christianity Today, he writes about the death of his daughter, and in the midst of his reflections he reminds me that, "it's ok to have tears."  From a hard place, he has some important and heartening things to say about grief, hope and God.  It is an article worth reading.