finding land

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving!
It is so nice to be with family and eating turkey for the first time in a few years.

What is Sam looking for as he searches for land to build our school?
-close to town
-flat
-easy to expand in the future
-cheap

Well, this week, Sam has found land that fits that description, and more!
We are able to get the land title, which means we will have full ownership of the land!

It is two acres.  Not only is it a good price; we can make a downpayment, then make payments to finish.
Sam has already put a commitment payment in, saying that we will be making a bigger payment by next week.

 

 

 

We are so excited by this!
We need your help, though.

The land is 90,000,000 shillings, which is about $25,000.
The money we have raised through CITY is about 50,000,000 shillings (about $13,700).

In order to make the downpayment, so we don’t lose the land, we have had to dip into our personal account.
To finish purchasing the land, we need about $11,000 (which is 50,000,000 shillings).

I know around the holidays, money can be tight; but we ask you to please join us on this exciting journey of starting our school.
To make a tax-deductible donation, please click here.

 

much love!

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… and automobiles

When Sam was in Uganda, at the beginning of this year, we bought a car.


Sam with some of our kids in front of our new (to us) car

 

It is a good car.
We were so happy to have found it!

While there, Sam used it all the time – he even slept there a couple of nights.  When he traveled back to Korea, it was still being used to take our kids to school.
That is, until it broke down.

Unfortunately, it is still sitting, in need of repair.
When Sam gets to Uganda next week (Whoa!  Is it really almost November?!) there are many things he has planned to do – most of them made easier with a car.

Please, can you help us fix our car?
It will take about $1,300 for all of the repairs to be made.

→ Car Fixing Fund:) ←

Thank you and much love

 

-If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them
–Oh, and in case you were wondering, it is a dark green Toyota Land Cruiser

 

ch-ch-ch-changes

When I came to Korea, over two and a half years ago, I was hoping that God would send me to another country, after my time here was done.  I figured I would teach for a year or two, then head to America before going elsewhere.


from the beginning of my time in Korea

 

Haha.
My how life changes.

Little did I know, I would leave Korea for home, but that home would not be the USA; it would be Uganda.
And much more surprising to me, I came here single and am leaving with my amazing friend and husband.

from the day we got married

 

Did she say leaving?
Why yes, I did slyly mention that I am leaving Korea:)

In just a few short weeks, Sam and I will leave this place we have called home since getting married.
But, the added twist: I am coming to the USA before I go to Uganda!
I am excited for the opportunity to see friends and family after so long.

 

Much love!

 

morning views

Life has been changing over the past few months.  I’ll make sure to fill you in on some of the details:)
For now, I wanted to let you know, we are doing well, living life and spending time with friends here in Korea.

One thing that has been nice, the past few weeks, I have been walking around a lake in the morning.  Not only it is nice to walk in cooler temperatures, but it is so great to have a lake backdropped by mountains.


yes, I am a morning person:)

 


the lake is really beautiful

 


even with the construction and buildings.

 

I know this blog isn’t full of juicy information, but it does a hold a promise:
I will be writing more, much more, soon.
Be on the lookout!

 

Much love!

 

In case you didn’t know…

It is finally Spring!

The long (or actually short), frigid days of winter are gone.  The grey skies, late sunrises and early sunsets have been exchanged for warmer temps, more hours of sunlight, and green grass.

I have enjoyed seeing the trees and grass come back to life the past couple of weeks.
For me, one of the best parts was seeing the cherry blossoms.  They are beautiful.


cherry blossoms down the street

 

The other weekend, Sam took me to the mountain.  We were hoping to see cherry blossoms.  That didn’t quite pan out, but it was beautiful.  Also, Sam can no longer say he has never been to a mountain!


Sam in the trees as we trekked part-way up the mountain

 


enjoying nature together

 

My walks to school are rather pleasant.  I am not looking forward to the fast approaching humidity of summer.  So for now, I will just enjoy this nice weather and beautiful nature God has created.


walking to school this week

 

much love!

 

I ate chocolate today…

…and I didn’t die:)

Maybe I should let you in on some Bethany Trivia: I don’t like chocolate and haven’t liked it for over half of my life.
I haven’t eaten it for a few years (as far as I remember).

Well today, one of my students sweetly shared a mini, dark-chocolate cube with me.  I politely took it, thanked her, then set it on my desk – to be enjoyed later, of course.

The lesson continued and she raised her hand, “Can I stand up?”
“Yes.”  (Assuming she wanted to throw something away).


my classroom

She walked around to the side of my desk, picked up the chocolate, and again handed it to me, while saying, “Teacher, eat!”

She got me.  My dad would be so impressed by her.
I felt like I had no choice but to eat this detestable sweet.
So I did; all the while trying to keep a straight face and fake enjoyment.


chillin’ in my classroom, pre-chocolate:)

 

much love!