Sledding Madness

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

Today, the Kim family decided to venture out to conqueror a new hill that was discovered a few days ago. With the fresh snow that fell the day before, we were resolute to go sledding even though it was freezing outside.

We had an incredible time!

Even though some of the snow turned icy, the downhill ride was awesome. One of the greatest joys is going down together in the same sled with your children and to hear them yell and scream in excitement. It kind of makes you want to scream along with them.

I realized more and more that it is the simple things of life (the non-expensive stuff) that creates some of the greatest memories as a family.

We are hoping that it will snow even more – I still don’t understand how people can live without the snow… four seasons, baby!
 
 
 
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We were getting ready to race – the boys get their competitive nature from their mom :-)
 
 
 
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Josiah took the lead. KiKi was screaming the whole time.
 
 
 
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Sledding: $0; Creating Memories with Kids: Priceless!

Pastor Appreciation Day

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

I went to Josiah’s and Elliot’s school today. As some of you know, they are at a Christian school. Christina and I had debates about whether to send them to a Christian school or to the public school.

We came to the conclusion that in these formative years, it is more important to focus on the environment than anything else. If things like self-esteem, identity in Christ, Christian values, etc. are nourished and developed then it will go a long way when they get older and face all the peer pressure.

The school invited the pastors of the community in order to appreciate us. The boys were excited to show off their dad who is a pastor – I am praying that this is how they will feel for the rest of their lives :-)

It was also a blessing to see so many of my pastor colleagues in the county there. It was nice catching up with many of them.

The best part was when they showed a list of all the things that pastors did (the list was formed by all the responses from the kids) and they were thankful for us. Man… the list was long … no wonder pastors are always burnt out… haha!

We closed out by getting into their normal prayer groups and all the pastors joined a group and received prayers from the students and then the pastors closed out in prayer for the kids. It was truly a blessing. Then the pastors were invited to stop by any of the classrooms to say hello. I quickly found Josiah’s and Elliot’s classrooms. You should have seen their faces!

It is my prayer that they will always be blessed to be PK’s.
 
 
 
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All the different classes participated in making this day happen. Some of them read Scripture and others sang… but the Kindergarten class made this necklace for all the pastors… I was blessed.

Pink is Her Color

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

Oh my! You should have seen Karissa when I gave her a pink rose for Valentine’s day. I told her that the color pink was for a princess and that she was my princess (I know, I know… I just can’t help it).

In fact, I started to have regrets when she took the rose and started to walk with it in a weird way. She had this huge smile on her face. We asked her what she was doing and then she responded by saying, “I am getting married!”

I said, “Give me back that rose!” ;-)

New Valentine’s Tradition?

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

I had everything planned out for an intimate dinner for two at our place (candle lights and all). After putting the kids to sleep, I was planning on a nice dinner and some quiet time alone just between the two of us. But all the plans went out the window when Christina said, “I think it will be good if we have dinner with the kids and show them how much we love them especially on Valentine’s Day.”

You should have seen my face!

I realized that being flexible is a very good trait for a missionary, BUT NOT on Valentine’s Day, especially when a person planned so hard for the night!

Somewhat reluctant and trying to figure out a way to explain to people what we did for Valentine’s Day, we went out for dinner. We explained to the kids that everyday we need to express our love to one another and to people around us. We also said that it should not only be on Valentine’s Day where we remind ourselves of the responsibility to love.

After dinner and as we were enjoying our dessert together, we decided to go around the table and share one thing that we loved about each other. We went clockwise and then counterclockwise so that everyone would hear two things that they are loved for.

In the midst of sharing our love, I couldn’t help but to notice a gentleman with some flowers waiting for “someone” to come and join him. As I looked over at his table (constantly), I couldn’t help to notice that 30 minutes have gone by. He finally decided to order his food by himself. The thought that this man might possibly get “stood up” stuck in my mind. Then I couldn’t help think about how blessed I was to sit in a table with people that love me.

There are many lonely people in the world. The challenge for us to invite them into our lives is inconvenient but the rewards are eternal.

I don’t know what we will do next year, but I think I like this new tradition that we have started. Maybe we will stop when the kids are sick and tired of us :-)

Therefore, I will have to choose another day to celebrate V-Day with Christina…

p.s. For those of you who are wondering, Christina and I did spend some time together after putting the kids to sleep.