Hanam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
We are currently staying in Hanam with the Um Family. I say “we” but most of you know that Justin is away working at the moment. He is doing a 22 day camp, and he spoke about that in a previous blog post. You can see that here. This is a “small city” in that there is not much in walking distance from where we are staying. That is how I categorise where we stay: If we can walk to stores and restaurants, and have many options, I would say we live in a “big city area”. I must admit… I miss that. It feels lonely out here, like there is nothing to see or do. Now that Justin is gone, I find myself just wandering around, but there isn’t much to see so I can’t wander very far. If the ice wasn’t so thick on the roads, I would go for a long run to find a main street with cafes, but I’m afraid of slipping on the ice and needing crutches at our wedding next month!
This is the view from my bedroom window. David Um has graciously given up his room for me.
He loves to sit in here with me and study, or play games, but he never bothers me. In fact, he is really sweet, so I enjoy his company. Even more so because he reminds me of my youngest brother, David.
Shoving snow outside the school.
This is EMart ~ The only place where I can buy anything I need. Fortunately, it is three stories so there is plenty of stuff in there. I recently stumbled across a “secret floor” and was overjoyed. I had wondered why there were so many things I could not find up until that point. There was a escalator to the one side of one of the levels… silly me!
There is a cafeteria inside EMart and they serve cooked food. It is lonely eating here without Justin, but I go there when I need some food. It’s hard to keep telling the Um’s that I don’t want to eat certain types of food (because I’m trying to stay in shape) so I escape here for some meals. My body is just not built to eat rice, noodles and fried foods.
We have been helping out at the Um’s school (One Spirit Christian School). I have been doing level tests, speaking tests, and some Math tests. There are a number of new students, and they need to be placed into the correct classes for the start of this year of teaching. Next week things are going to get crazy, and I may be at school for about 10-12 hours a day. That will continue for two weeks.
The big news for today, is that…
He has been gone for 10 days, and I miss him terribly!!!
As I said, there isn’t much to do around here, but we don’t really care, we just want to see each other. He can only stay one night, and then he leaves again tomorrow. I pray that this time is easier than the last time he left. I cried for a long time! The only peace I can find in him leaving tomorrow again, is that this week he will only be gone for 5 days. Ten days was too much for us ~ We are “Physical Touch” kind of people (See Gary Chapman’s, “Five Languages of Love”. Great read!!!), so this separation and lack of friends or family means that we are both struggling right now!! I find myself randomly wanting to hug David, but I don’t want to freak him out!!
Maybe I need to get one for these signs…
haha… Don’t judge me!!
I haven’t had any physical contact (at all) for 10 DAYS!!!
Munching on Fried Chicken
Justin will be home in about 3 hours. We don’t know how we will spend the next 24 hours, but we are just happy to be able to spend some time together!!!!! Perhaps we’ll go for dinner, or maybe we will just get some take out, and relax “at home”.
Random point: When Koreans can’t eat food with chopsticks or a spoon, they use gloves.
I find this so funny. Out in the public places, I understand that there are many germs, but here in the house, I just don’t get it. The food is harder to grasp… hahaha! Last night Pastor Debra made me a huge sub sandwich. When she saw me eating, she gasped, and said “Do you need gloves?!” LOL. She looked horrified that I was using my hands.
I’m so excited that I don’t know what to do with myself.
I think that I will go for a run to kill some time!!!
News about Justin’s first visit…