slice of life challenge day #2: missed calls

slice of life 2014

The first thing I do in the morning is usually checking my iphone or pressing the snooze button on my iphone alarm. Today was a Sunday morning, and I woke up on my own a little before 9AM. I always keep my phone on vibrate during the night, so when I checked my phone, I was surprised to see a bunch of text message and 10 missed phone calls from my dad in the States. I opened the text message from my dad that said, “Halmuni (grandmother in Korean) passed away now.”

It took some time for it to really hit me what those words meant. Everything else on my mind seemed to take a pause.  It was the moment I was dreading, the moment that deep inside I knew would happen, especially after the heart attack she had earlier on in December and considering how she was 102 years old. I just thought that I would have more time.

I kept thinking about the last conversation we had over Google hangout on Thursday night, where she asked me what I ate for dinner, and then asked me when would I see you again. And I replied, in 3 months, when I come home for the summer. It looks like it might take me a little longer to see you again. ❤


a southern {love} story


The first stop on my summer travels was Memphis, Tennessee. This was my second time visiting Memphis. Last year I had visited, and my brother was starting his first year of residency, settling into a new place and single. It’s funny how quickly things can change within a year. Here I was back in Memphis after one year, and this time to witness and be part of my brother’s wedding. He met her last fall at the hospital and now they were getting married less than a year after starting dating.

Yes it happened all so quickly, yet it worked. Even in the short time that I’ve seen them together, I could see how they humbly seek after God together. I was so blessed by the entire time, through the wedding ceremony, and spending time with all of the family and friends gathered. The worship time during the wedding was so powerful. As we were singing  a song, One Thirst, I was so moved. I was overwhelmed by God’s love and His presence there. I know that there are greater things in store for the both of them as a married couple!

I know how at times when their siblings get married you can feel like  you are “loosing” them to another person, but I’ve already witnessed how I’m gaining so much from the two of them together. They are truly a beautiful couple on the inside and outside. Thank you for your continued love and support.

Lyrics from One Thirst by Bethel Live

You say to us seek Your face
Our hearts reply, Your face we seek
And come teach us Lord, reveal Your ways
Anoint us for the greater things.

We have gathered with one thirst and hunger
We’re here to drink of glory and wonder,
Here to cry out
Come and fill this place
Come and fill this place

And our single wish, our sole desire
To gaze upon Your beauty God
We will not rest, nor will we cease
Till with our eyes, Your face we see.

Pictures from my iphone using pudding camera! 🙂

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Stay tuned for more posts on my summer travels in the States!

j o y.

2012 has seemed to snuck up on me. I mean I knew that the end of the year was almost here with Christmas rolling on by, but I never seem fully ready for it.  As a teacher, I naturally categorize the beginning of the year in August when the school year starts, and the end of the year in June when school ends. So I always kind of forget that our actual year ends in December, and I should be thinking of new year’s resolutions.

Since Stacey posted about having one little word for the new year on the two writing teachers blog, I’ve been trying to think of what my word should be. It’s always hard to narrow down your hopes and goal for a year into one little word. However, in the process I’ve came up with 3 words that I think are important for me this year:

  • freedom
  • love
  • joy

Out of these three words, I’m choosing j o y as my one little word! I feel like 2011 was a pretty amazing year for me in many ways. I grew a lot as a teacher, friend, and sister. I made some important decisions about my career and really deepened a lot of amazing friendships I have in Seoul and NY.

Even though this past year was really great, it was also really busy. I think that in a lot of ways, I lost sight of the joy I have in doing these things because I was more focused on getting things done than really enjoying the moment.

One of the definitions for joy in the dictionary is a source or cause of delight. I want to rediscover in 2012 my joy for teaching. I want it to be more than just a job. I want it to be something that gives me joy daily. I want to give my students joy in their journey as learners. I’m not really sure what that will look like practically every day, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out along the way.

I’m also hoping that I can experience more joy, not only in my teaching, but in my relationships, family and spiritual life.  I want to really delight in all the amazing people and blessings that God has placed in my life.

Here are some things I’ve found j o y in 2012 already!

Spending time with my brothers who like to take photos like me!

Spending time with my friends who do crazy things. Ok, this is not that crazy though.

Spending new year's with my extended family!

Fry pan chicken, deep conversations & melody JOY welton!

Hanging out with my brother in person!!

Starting a new teaching blog with an amazing, talented, and self confident friend!

What is your one little word for 2012?

For more slice of life entries go to two writing teachers! I hope some of you will join this amazing writing community this year. 🙂