Saturday, May 31, 2014

May 2014 W&W Bookworm Book Club

I love to watch Swamp People because I enjoy listening to their accents and learning about their down to earth way of life near the bayou.

That's exactly what I got when I read Under the Sassafras by Hattie Mae. Mae truly captured the essence of both the place and the people.

Under the Sassafras is the story of a widow and her children who come across a mystery man in the swamp. The story takes places as the family falls in love with the man struggling to reclaim his memory.

Under the Sassafras is part mystery, romance and place story. Give it a whirl. You'll love it. I know I did.

Check it out here:

If you've read a good book this month feel free to link up here! Next month's topic is Religious/Spiritual. Go ahead and pick out a good book. Reviews will go up the last day of the month.

Also, don't forget to grab the book club button!

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

How We Got Here

If you read my first post, you may remember that I mentioned that my husband and I are currently teaching English in Daegu, South Korea.

                                                        (Our trip to Suseong Lake)

I would like to share with you the story of how we came to be in South Korea.

In 2009, my husband and I were dating. He took advantage of the opportunity to teach in Changwon, South Korea for one year. Before the year was out, we were engaged and I spent my summer vacation visiting him.

We married in 2010, moved to PA and tossed around the idea of moving back to South Korea pretty continuously.

In 2013, we were seriously considering either moving to sunny SC or back to South Korea.  One day, Mike looked at me and asked, "Tell me what you want to do. South Carolina or South Korea?"

Instantly, in my gut, I felt that I should answer South Korea. However, I spoke out of my own desire to move back to my home state.

Before bed, I did a Bible study in my Charles Stanley Life Principles  Bible. Throughout the Scriptures he highlights consistent life principles. Throughout my study,  one principle kept standing out. Basically, it said that to obey God means to obey the initial promptings of the Holy Spirit. (Side note: if you don't have one of these Bibles I highly recommend it. He explains things so clearly.)

I started to feel as if I should have gone with that "gut feeling" and told my husband we were going to South Korea. I prayed and asked God for a sign that this was the right decision. I turned to the next page in my Bible, and there it was- the same principle again!

The next day, I told my husband we should go to South Korea and explained why. We started looking and applying for jobs.

Nothing was coming through, yet we still felt this was what God was calling us to do. So, we put in notices at our jobs and with our landlord.

We packed up and moved out.

The day after we moved out, my husband found and applied for a particular job. Within days we had interviewed and accepted the job.

And, here we are 8 months into our first year's contract.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hey Y'all!

Welcome to my new blog!

I'm a born and bred Southern girl who's currently teaching English in South Korea. I made a 3 year pit stop in PA along the way. There's definitely a world of difference between the southern USA and South Korea!

First and foremost, I'm trying my hardest to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. I wholeheartedly believe in one sovereign God and that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross. His death pardoned me from my sins and allows me to spend forever in the presence of our Holy Father.

Second, I've been married to my dear hubby for almost 4 years. I still consider us newlyweds and we are definitely still doing a lot of learning. Being together in South Korea has definitely made us a lot closer!

I enjoy baking, crafting, scrapbooking and trying to score a good deal! I also love board game nights with girls and bonfires with the with the whole gang.

When we move back to the Land of the Free, I plan on transitioning our family into a much healthier food lifestyle and helping my husband start a business. As for myself, I'm debating between going to pastry school and/or looking for freelance writing work.

In the meantime, we're enjoying Korea. I'm trying to tone up and am working on a book idea.

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