Sts. Andrew Kim Tae Gon and Paul Chong Ha Song

Today is the feast of 103 Korean Martyrs.  Sts. Andrew Kim Tae Gon and Paul Chong Ha Song are the most famous among them.  Sending all my love back to the Land of the Morning Calm, and my people in South Korea. The arrival of Christianity to Korea came by a very unusual route. Christianity came to […]

Best Ever Picture of a Korean Restaurant

So I’m scraping together my very last brain cells to write a What We’re Reading post (for which I have read many Caldecott books this week) when all of the sudden, my sister-in-law Vanessa sends me a picture.  And I simply had to drop every last thing and make a meme from this photo because […]

Stories of South Korea, In Case You Missed It

A lot of you asked me to write about Korea this week.  And I really want to do it.  It feels very silly to me to have a blog named “California to Korea” and not write about Korea more.  I don’t know how to describe why I’m resistant to the idea other than it feels… […]

Coincidence? I think not…

  As a young wife, I began a love affair with Trader Joe.  He was a calm port in the storm of grocery store strikes, a haven for those in Southern California who didn’t want to cross picket lines.   But our love outlasted the union turmoil, and it grew as our family grew.  Organic […]

My Last Tour in Korea, DMZ part 2

Does this topic feel like it’s been dragging on to you? I feel like I’ve lost my oomph with it.  This post has been sitting in my drafts folder for a few weeks and I just can’t seem to figure out how to make it better.  But alas… I’m going on a short vacation from […]

My Last Tour in South Korea, part 1.5

You can read Part 1 here. Just going to take a little detour here, for fun… The Korean War may have devastated families and divided a nation, but it also unintentionally created a nature preserve with the most diverse wildlife population on the peninsula.  According to Stripes, the military newspaper: While mention of the DMZ conjures […]

My Last Tour in South Korea, part 1

Last Friday I had the honor of attending a tour to a very small and particular area of South Korea called the JSA.  The word ‘honor’ feels awkward.  It’s not like I was invited, or that it was some special tour only for American mommy bloggers in Korea.  (On the contrary, anyone with a passport […]

3 Reasons, Vol. 3, with bonus 3 Surprising Quick Takes

I don’t even know if this is allowed.  A link-up within a link-up?  Seems like a blogger pyramid scheme is there were such a thing, and if there was any money to be had by being so uncouth. Ne’ertheless, please forgive my bad manners, read on, and participate if you so choose. 3 Reasons I Love […]

Organizing, Packing, and a Whole Lot of Sitting

It doesn’t make a difference how much effort we put into moves, we always always have a few late nights the week before the big day.  This move is no different.  You know you’re in trouble when you drink coffee at 10 p.m. to stay up til 2 and then stumble into the the kitchen for […]

Five Favorites

I’m joining the lovely and effervescent Hallie (the moxie-est wife!) for my (First Ever) Five Favorites. In case you were suspicious: yes, this IS a total cop-out post.  But it’s 10:45 p.m. and I’m just sitting down on the couch.  Soooo, you get what you get and you don’t get upset.  Or something. ~1~ My husband is […]