Wk 3: Sight 2 See

July 5, 2009 at 3:27 pm 8 comments

This past week, we took a sabbatical from all the intense reading & reading since some of you were worried for us. 🙂  My parents flew our kids up on Tuesday into Seattle so we took a break and drove down to pick them up.  We arranged for it since Seattle happened to be the location for my Dad’s 50-year high school reunion, so we spent a couple of days together in Vancouver beforehand.   It was very touching to see  my Dad interact with his old friends from Korea, dating back 50 years — that was a sight to see…

After dropping my parents off, we picked up some long-time good friends of our own, Ahmi & Daemin (from Gracepoint Fellowship Church – SF), whom we’ve known for nearly 25 years since our college days in Berkeley when they were older sister/brother to me and Susanna.  They were going to take a family trip with their daughter Lydia before she heads off to college, so they came up to Vancouver to visit us as well.  It was doubly good since Lydia is Kristen’s favorite older sister, and Tabby (one of Kristen’s good friends) also got to join.  Actually, I’ve known Ahmi since 1976 when my family lived in the same apartment complex as hers in L.A.  She didn’t hesitate to remind me that I was a rascal when I was young, just like Taylor is now.   I’m praying for a double portion of that blessing on Taylor’s children. 🙂

We finally got to visit some of the more typical sightseeing places around Vancouver with them.  (Since most of you don’t consider libraries as sightseeing spots!)  Vancouver will host the 2010 Winter Olympics, so we drove to nearby Whistler mountain where some snow competitions will be held.  Too bad there wasn’t snow for me to show off my downhill double-back-flip-tow-somersault-hand-waving-snowboarding-crash — that would have been a sight to see, especially since I don’t snowboard.

We had a great time sightseeing for the two days, but even more memorable was the journey during the car ride as we chatted about life/ministries/politics, told jokes/puns (Daemin is very punny!), sang songs (courtesy of The Barley Girls: Kristen, Lydia, Tabby), and reminisced the good ol’ times while looking forward to the challenges ahead.  It was one full minivan, full of laughter, memories, and friendships spanning generations, covering many miles traveled together…many rich relationships that God graciously brought together.  Now that is a great sight to see.

Picnic on the way to Whistler

Nice picnic lunch on the way to Whistler, host to 2010 Winter Olympics

Bottom of the totem pole

It hurts to be at the bottom of the totem pole (esp. with older sisters above you)

Hallelujah Point of Gracepoint & Waypoint Ministries

You decide: "Hallelujah!" or "Put your hands up, you're under arrest!"

Revenge of the rascally younger brother

Revenge of the rascally younger brother. But where did he learn that from?

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Winning at Losing Wk 4: Family Fun For Four

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jennchen  |  July 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Glad you’re enjoying yourselves! Vancouver is so beautiful at this time of the year. Stanley Park has always been one of my favorite places to visit!

  • 2. mKim  |  July 5, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Hi P. Joong and Susanna SMN! wow it looks like you guys are having a blast up there! Man, that’s so crazy how your dad had his 50 year high school reunion. =O Thanks for keeping us nice and updated! The pictures are hilarious! hahha

  • 3. Helen K.  |  July 6, 2009 at 8:39 am

    OK, next time we’re going up there with you. It sounds like a blast!

  • 4. akim  |  July 6, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Hallelujah! What a sight indeed!

  • 5. Dennis K  |  July 6, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Hey P. Joong, the comment on the length of time your friendships have lasted over the years at Gracepoint really is pretty awesome. Glad to be part of a family of faith that can have such relationships.

  • 6. MW  |  July 6, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Pastor Joong, Susanna, Kristen, and Taylor,
    Hope you’re having an awesome time in Vancover !!! I believe around this time of year, Victoria Park’s Garden has awesome flowers in bloom. 🙂

  • 7. sylvia kim  |  July 9, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Hi P.Joong and Susanna smn!
    I’m so thankful that you have this special set apart time to spend with the kids, your parents and also long-time good friends. Thank you also for the pictures!

  • 8. Bo  |  July 9, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Hi Pastor Joong and Susanna,
    It’s great to hear that you took a sabbatical from your intense reading sabbatical, though I know that reading is what you both really enjoy! Thank you for the pictures – it looks beautiful there now. I’m so glad to hear that you had a wonderful time with everyone’s visit and Kristen and Taylor finally joining you up there. I hope Kristen and Taylor enjoy reading too =). We miss you here in Davis and we’re continuing to pray for your time up there. We’re also counting our weeks and our days until you return =).


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