Ah, the joys of the McDonald's highchair train. Life doesn't get any better than this. For a spell, about half of our church would gather for Sunday lunch at McDonald's. Not so healthy for the body, but oh so healthy for the heart in other ways.
In March, my Mom and Dad came to visit so they could witness my ordination. (And that, by the way, was an interesting story. Apparently, the KNU President and the District Superintendent kind of pushed me through the ordination process, skipping over several steps, so that when our church was officially organized in April, we could have an ordained pastor at the helm.) While my parents were in town, we went to the zoo and the folk village, and our friend YoungMin took us out for Bul-Dalk (Fire Chicken). Thankfully, YoungMin was wise enough to bring along a few liters of milk to cool the flames in our mouths!
While my folks were in town, Sarah and I took a trip to Seoul for our anniversary. We got to see Korea's most famous theater piece - Nanta - which is a dance, percussion, comedy. Sarah even got chosen to go up on stage as one of the audience participants. Here's Sarah striking her best Nanta pose before the show.
We also had several fun social outings as a church. Sarah and about 10 other ladies went on a ladies retreat hosted by a church near the US Army base in PyoungTaek. About 30 of us also participated in a 5K, 10K, half marathon. That was loads of fun, and I ran with Jayson Gitt (younger and much more fit!), so my time was my best ever.
Sarah, Joe Willey, and YongGi Kim all graduated with their Master's degrees that year. But since Sarah and Joe did theirs through an extension program at MidAmerica Nazarene University, they weren't able to attend their graduation. We all attended YongGi's graduation, and then Sarah and Joe took turns wearing YongGi's gown and cap for pictures.
Emma also started taking piano lessons from our good friend Adam Smith, who, by the way, arrived at our church less than a week after our former piano player left! Many Catan games and other fun would follow with Adam, Elisa, and Jackie.