Sunday, May 31, 2009


I have been gone for a looong time.  But as life tends to do, it teaches lessons all the time - and all I have to do is pay a little bit of attention.  Well, the most recent lesson I have learned is that I have an amazing family and I am a complete moron for losing touch with them for so long.  The past weekend, Zoe and I zoomed down to Atlanta to see my Korean side of the family.  It was all my Dad's sisters and whoever else could make it.  It was a mountain of food, laughs, and love.  It was wonderful.

Here is what every reunion needs... a snake - and it wasn't me!  The real men (brother in law Dave, cousin Caleb, and myself) went down to the river to muck around a bit while the less manly crowd went to get steaks and alcohol:)  But we came upon this black rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta, of course) at the trail head and I really got to turn into "Mister Science Teacher" for my 6th grade cousin.  Yes, he's like 12 or 13.  Yes, he could thrash me.  But he's sooo cool.
My Aunts with Liza, Zoe, Mia, Lauren, and Caleb.  It was so much fun to talk to my aunts again.  Its pretty sad, I didn't get a pic of my cousin John (but we did stay at his house the night before), my cousin Keebs, my cousin Jason, or any of my uncles....Igoo, Igoo, Igoo....  They (my aunts) asked if I wanted to take some food home - I said "sure, I'll take a bit".  They worked for 45 minutes and the doggie bag was an actual cooler.  My family ate Korean for lunch and dinner for a week.  It has been a week and I am still eating kimchee....niiiice.

We Koreans do the picture thing right.
I hadn't seen my sister Aimee and Dave for too long.  I absolutely loved hanging out with her again.
John's wife Cindy - I used to go see them all the time when I was in high school - it was wonderful with those guys again.  Zoe was a huge hit.
Zoe with Mia, Hannah, and Lauren.  Hannah is an amazing person and was absolutely wonderful with the kids.  Mia and Lauren (I hadn't seen them since they were babies) were just a joy.
Post reunion stuff - Adia at a petting zoo.
Zoe and Adia adding some amendments to the soil in Damascus this weekend.  Lookey how nice the taters are doin, boy!  I need to get one of those rice paddy hats....

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bye Bye Clot!

Just a quick post.  Ashley got her leg scanned yesterday to see how the clot was doing.  We both just figured that it would be solidified and stable and maybe Ashley could get of coumadin.  We figured that things were going fine, but the scan showed


God, that is such a relief.  Something that caused so much anxiety and pain for so long... to be gone and having blood flowing is wonderful.  Thank you to whatever grace delivered that.  And today she got the news that she could get off coumadin.   And today we got the news that the balance of $800 that we owed the hospital is now zero.  Good couple of days.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


  • It was a long time coming but last weekend was magical.  And I really won't do it justice here but I need to at least report it.  I got to meet my long lost sister. Thats right (technically half sister, but I'm counting her as full).    Her name is Liza and she lives in Atlanta and is married to a super cool guy named Tony.  She is absolutely wonderful - an absolute force of nature - if there was a "beautiful day" equivalent to a hurricane, it would be Liza.  I have always been a bit reserved when it comes to expressing how I feel towards people and it has done me no good in my life.  Liza thankfully has none of that and even better, she spreads it like a breath of fresh air on these wonderful spring days we've been having.  Any person that gets others to say "I love you" easily - is in touch with some greater force.  Thank you Liza.  
  • We then went to downtown Asheville for some wool stuff Ashley needed and the great times continued but now out of the sun and with ice cream and wool spinning lessons.  Pretty sweet.  When we left, Zoe cried for Liza... and I did too, a bit.  In fact, when we got home I actually passed out due to either emotional overload.  Thank you Liza for being such a wonderful person and a healing force.  
  • I just really couldn't resist.  I told her to look mean:)  But its not all my fault - Liza helped!  (this is great - another sister to blame stuff on!)
  • Tony, you had me at hello.... you had me at hello.  Tony was amazing with the kids (I include myself in that group) - I can't wait to get to know this guy better.
  • Sunday was still great - there was an Earth Day church service outside and we spent the rest of the day at Russ' house cutting down dead locusts for fence posts.  Niiiice.
  • Here is a quick video of everyone doing what we do best - hanging out and eating.  This video is soooooo much more to me than a shot of people sitting around eating.  I can't wait to have a couple of more sisters in a video sitting around eating, too.
  • Remember to click the linked paragraph to my pictures - if anyone wants a higher quality image than what's on picassa - let me know and I'll send it