E-Mart. So cool. Clothes just as amazing, but cheaper than Muji.
He was taking pictures of us. We were taking pictures of him.
We felt like movie stars at this baptism.
A trip to see my parents wouldn't be complete without my mom's bread and a game of scum
Cranberry Walnut--yes, they shared their beloved walnuts with us
My dad confided as we walked by, "Those look really good, like french fries. But they're not."
The long awaited 12" cones
I learned how to write a bit of Korean, to send home a giant lantern
One of the missionaries at the baptism told me to sample his favorite Korean treat. I tasted it, turned to him, and asked, "How long have you been in Korea?" We had a good laugh, but in reality, I loved the Asian cultures. My dad has picked up a few sparkly ties. My mom splurged on a silver purse. Ryan got himself a skinny, knit tie. I admit, I even purchased a pair of stretch corduroy leggings, and wished I had purchased the jean ones as well. It rubs off on you. We quickly began bowing at everyone we encountered, saying On-yong-ha-say-oh, or Kan-som-nee-da. Even Olive learned to say it by the end. Comparing the differences between Japan and Korea was fascinating: the traditional Korean dress, a Hanbok, and the traditional Japanese dress, a Kimono, their everyday fashion, their interaction with us, and the foods they eat. Anthropology has always intrigued me. One day I'd like to experience other Asian cultures to have even more of a comparison.
We had the best tour guides one could ask for. No matter where they find themselves, my parents discover the most remarkable places to see, sup, and shop. But of course missionary work always comes first. "Watching" them welcome investigators into their home to be taught the gospel and tirelessly support the younger missionaries has been heartening to me. They spiritually feed the malnourished. They offer a genuine friendship. They share personal experiences of growth, learning, and understanding. They get their hands in the soil and work. They don't complain and they certainly don't make excuses. They simply do it, as President Kimball used to say. Thank you M & D for being the example to our children and to me. We love your guts.