Korea: Time to Leave on Trip

We leave for Korea today, and while packing, I found that my favorite black pants needed hemming. Ducked taped it and then remembered Mrs. McDonald, my high school home-ec teacher who never approved of my methods. So I found a needle and thread, but only found brown, so I sewed the hem and it looked worse than the duck tape, so I went back to the duck tape. Fellow classmates please don’t sigh.

My new wood floor looks great. I know it’s a crazy thing to do just before our trip, but the trim still needs re-done and the walls painted where I used the wrong color. I made 4 trips to the store to try to match the paint. No luck. Guess Bill will have something to do while I’m gone. 🙂

Anyway, I’m almost packed and looking forward to seeing many former students, lovely young men and women who visited our home in Edmond for Bible studies, a meal, or simply a chat. Please pray for our time with them. Here’s part of our schedule. We’ll spend 3 to 4 days in three different cities.

In Seoul, we’ll meet Seung Heon Daniel, who will take us to the hotel. We’ll see Jung Hwa, (our shopping tour guide) her son Minsu, HD, HongKun with his children Ruth and Joseph, JongChae, SungEun, Song Hee, and Victoria. We’ll see lots of sights because it is Buddha’s birthday.

Then we’ll travel to Daejeon and have lunch with Solji before going on to Gunsan to visit the orphanage.

Lastly, we’ll go to Pusan and visit Yeong Eun, Jiin, JongHoon, BoMi, SoonMi. Also, Jessica Lough, who is teaching English there, will come sometime that weekend. What a wonderful time we will have.

If any other friends are in Korea, please contact me. We don’t want to miss seeing you!

We can still get texts and facebook (hold the phone calls because they cost $2.59 a minute).Gotta go finish rolling up shirts. We’re meeting at my daughter’s house tonight to drive to Dallas and then at 5 am, we fly to San Fran before leaving the good old USA. See you in a few weeks!


Our Trip to Korea

I’m excited for my 3 daughters and I to be going to Korea, me – after 38 years.  

When I was 19 years old, I left Oklahoma to live in Korea, because my husband at the time was stationed at Kunsan Air Force Base. While there, we adopted two baby girls. He left and I stayed in the orphanage for a while. If you know me, you know it was hard to leave Korea without a dozen more children! I came back to the US, had a baby girl and my husband and I divorced. How God took care of me and my three children during the next twenty some years is another story, but He did – in amazing ways.

My three daughters grew up, graduated from college, married wonderful guys, and gave me beautiful grandchildren. After they were grown, God blessed me with Bill, a godly husband, and three step children. Our heavenly Father has been so good!

Through helping International students at UCO, Bill and I have met many wonderful young people over the years, and grown to love them. Many times, Korean students have invited us to visit. I want to see them again, face to face, and encourage them in their walk with the Lord.

I contacted the orphanage, Il Mag Won Babies Home, the one where my daughters lived, and it is still there. About 35 children live in the orphanage today. The Orphanage Director is the son of the couple I knew before. In fact, his mother who ran the orphanage is now ninety years old and, hopefully, we’ll see her.

So for the first time since 1974, on May 24th, 2012, my three daughters and I will travel to South Korea and spend 12 days. I remember the old Korea, but I’ve been assured it has changed a lot. Just like I have.

Ilmagwon Orphanage and loved Korean students, here we come – we will never be the same, well, actually, Korean orphans changed my life many years ago!