Monday, November 7, 2011

Korea - The Daejeon Chapter

My dad lived in Korea as a young man. It's common in our faith for young men and young women to devote 18-24 months of their lives sharing a message and a testimony that is near and dear to their hearts. I say "common" - but I sometimes discount how truly exceptional it is.

Decades later {I won't say how many, Dad :)}, my parents are back in this beautiful country. They've been asked to serve, or volunteer, for three years overseeing the missionary effort in this area. It's a sacrifice on a lot of levels - missing the birth of new grandson or precious time spent with aging parents - but one they are cheerfully and wholeheartedly engaged in.
It was such a treat to spend time with my sweetheart, my parents, my sister and her wonderful husband, and their sweet little guy in a place that has such a special meaning for our family. 
The time spent in and around Daejeon, their city, was priceless. It was so fun to catch a small glimpse of their lives there - hitting up their usual restaurants {the babe was a hit - I don't think we held him at all as he was passed from table to table}, morning walks with Mom around the town and nearby campus, and strolls through neighborhood alleys - Dad interacting with the little old ladies who graced their paths.

While Korea held a lot by way of new sites and adventures, an absolute highlight was experiencing a bit of their routine and meeting a few people with whom they frequently associate. And as Koryn put it, picturing where they are when we speak on the phone :).
{I adore this picture of my dad - great catch, Noah.}


Jen said...

These photos melted me, Al. Your parents meeting the new baby, your Dad from behind looking alarmingly like his own Dad. Ok, I'm choking up again....
Thanks so much for sharing!

Alisa and Crowells said...

What a tender post! I got all teary-eyed at the ones of your parents with sweet Bennett and the embrace of your dad with Ashley....all so beautiful. I bet it was so fun for your parents to share with their children a little of what they've given their hearts to.

Amber and Travis said...

Travis didn't tell me that your parents were over there. One of my really good friends is serving in that mission. It is so neat that you got to visit them.

Margie said...

Thanks for the photos. I stalk your blog occasionaly. I did your Mom's hair in Layton and check for possible updates. This time was the jackpot. Tell her Margie says hi! They look well and happy.