Thursday, May 28, 2009

English, John and A New Baby!

This is John, one of our apartment English students. Elder Knudsen is helping him with one of his essays.

He is getting his masters degree in Korean history at Yonsei University. He is EXTREMELY nervous about his wife having a baby ANY MINUTE. We are excited for him and this best of all adventures!

Monday, May 25, 2009

A Walk Through the Market

Always working, working, working

Scallion pancakes

Mirror, mirror......

Kimchee ready to mix

Fresh beans

Buying fresh peas

Little crunchy melons

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Here Come the Watermelons!

They give you these handy watermelon carriers

This is a Korean stamp right in the skin of the water melon.

The Official Watermelon Sticker

So how many do you think we will have by the end of summer?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Need Garlic?

On our way home from English class in Hwagok we got some of this produce--truly a rare food bargain in Seoul. We accidentally left it on the subway but luckily it is one of those routes that goes back and forth. So we waited and after the third train---voila! Our precious produce!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Elder Turley is the Current Burrito Champion!

Elder Turley broke the tie with Elder Booth tonight by eating FIVE burritos!

Elder Matyskiel and Elder Turley with No Chong Lee

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Happy Birthday, Doctor

Once in awhile people show up in your life that you wonder what you ever did before they came. Like, who would risk their very life to rescue some dogs. I mean, who? And then smile about it. About now he would say, stop it, just stop it. But I won't stop it because I really love this guy. He loves people and he is impossible not to love back.
Happy Birthday, Craig! YOU ARE FANTASTIC!

Yu Mi

Yu Mi and Sisters Hunt and Ho visit in preparation for Yu Mi's baptism on Sunday. We are excited for her!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Pick Your Color

So, you know, I love mechanical pencils. And I fell in love with these with the matching erasers! Now, how cool it that. I bought a lot. Do you want some too?

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Choke Cherry Forest

Imagine our surprise after we arrived in the fall and the leaves turned colors and fell to the ground and then spring came and the trees leafed out, the cherry blossoms came and went and then, low and behold, I looked outside and we have a whole forest of choke cherry trees. I mean tons of them! I know what Gramma Fae is hoping right now, that I make choke cherry jam. Yes sirree. I just might.

Golden Grace

Cindy, Grace and Carol in the wonderful picture they sent us for Parent's Day

Friday was Parent's Day in Korea. It is tradition to give your parents carnations. But Grace didn't just give us a carnation, it is 24 carat gold carnation! Thank you Grace, Cindy and Carol for the best parent's day!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Today at District Meeting we had a mini Folk Art lesson during lunch. "I don't get it," said Elder Matyskiel. "I just don't get it." There is a tiny treasure in Seoul called the Mokin Museum. It is full of wooden carvings reflecting the personality of the carver. Folk Art---art from untrained artists that is pure and honest. These works were not made to sell but to be buried with or by the dead. Two little museum rooms that take your breath away.

Elder Matyskiel was not convinced but we did make a little progress!