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!

 

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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!

 

i’m a mom

Have I ever told you about Sam and my family?
Well, a year ago, when I said, “I do” and became a wife, I also became a mother.


visiting with kids the day after our wedding, before they went back to school
(not all of the are our kids:)

 

For those who have known me for a number of years, you’re probably thinking, “I thought she didn’t want kids.”
You would be correct, I didn’t.  But, over the last few years, God has gradually changed my heart and made me love kids in a way I never did before.

How many kids do we have?  Currently, we have 7.  Although, I’m sure that number will continue to grow over time.
Continue to grow?  Simply put, Sam and I both have a heart for kids.  When we hear a child’s story, the hardships and the pain they are in, our hearts break.  We both want to be able to give them hope and fill them with love.
Although we created CITY to help kids, we also feel pulled to certain children and want them to be a part of our own family.


Sam with some of our kids on their first day of the school year

 

Who are our kids?  We have two boys and five girls.  Their backgrounds are varied: some have lost one or more parents, a couple have been diagnosed HIV+, some have a parent who is not able to feed them or pay school fees; but all of them deserve the opportunity to go to school and be a part of a loving family.

These children are incredibly precious to Sam and me.  When we talk about our future or anything we want to do, our kids are definitely part of our decisions and plans.

 

much love!

 

new year. new project.

New Year’s Eve, three years ago, I was celebrating the countdown in Germany, while my heart was in Uganda.

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New Year’s Eve in Berlin

 

A few days ago, I was bringing in the New Year in South Korea, while my heart was in Uganda.
This year, my heart is even more so in Uganda than before, as my husband is there right now.

sam-and-the-kids
Sam on an outing with our family, the day after New Years

 

Why would my husband go to Uganda and leave me in Korea?
Great question.  So glad you asked:)
We have started a new ministry, called CITY; one of our first projects is starting a school.
CITY comes from the words, Christ’s Identity, which is an important part of all we do.

city-block-red
our logo

 

CITY’s first school will be a nursery and primary school; basically the equivalent of pre-school through middle school.  The name of the school will be Christ’s Identity Nursery and Primary School.
There is a lot that goes into starting a school, as you can imagine.  The first step we need to take is buying land, so we can start construction of the buildings.

Sam has been asking around and checking out different potential properties. We are hoping to get at least two acres.
So far, it looks like the cost will be around $28,000.
Although that might seem like a lot of money, I think it is reasonable for a decent amount of land and for it to be in a good location.

How will we raise all of that money?
If I am completely honest, I don’t know.
But I do know that God will provide; whether it is through you, or maybe even someone you know.

Please consider partnering with us to help build our school.
Also, if you have any connections or suggestions of someone we should reach out to, to help with this endeavor, please let me know.

All donations are tax-deductible!
We have partnered with an organization called The Cause.  Any money you would like to send to us / CITY, please do so through The Cause.

Find out more information on how to give HERE.
or
You can click HERE to donate!

Thank you in advance for wanting to be part of what we are doing in Uganda.

 

much love!