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Jason & Dyanne

February 10, 2016

Here is the video that our friend, Melody, created for our wedding reception. Thank you again, Mel! This video was so great to share with our friends and family members.



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writing drought but my cup overfloweth

February 10, 2016

After a two year drought of not writing on my blog, I am back and challenging myself to write at least once a month.

So much has happened in the last two years…getting married being the biggest change and joy in my life recently.

You can read our story here. Stay tuned for more posts about marriage and life. =)

It’s been a whirlwind to say the least. But a very happy whirlwind at that. =) My cup is overflowing with love and joy. 11701211_10155839693610367_170361813176274985_n

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don’t be a “3-dates-then-sex” kinda girl

March 22, 2014

“Shhhh…” she cocked her head just enough to show her sister that she wanted to eavesdrop on the conversation behind her. Seconds passed and her posture hadn’t changed. Her sister attempted to break into the silence only to be shhshed again.

A minute passed. Looking in on these two it might have looked like a still-frame shot. Her sister, who now wanted to hear as well, reframed the picture; she leaned in but her position was one foot too far of hearing the two white guys speaking.

Her sister became aware of the Koreans speaking behind her and the hint of Kimchi wafting in the air. But her eyes– they remained glued on the mysterious conversation.

Finally. She broke the silence, “Okay, we can talk now.” As if wanting to move on she didn’t mention what the men had said.

“Wait a second, what were they talking about that was so important you had to stop to listen?” her sister demanded, wanting the conversation to be revealed.

She hesitated, then went on, “Well, I just wanted to make sure that I heard them correctly. One guy said, ‘I’m tired of having to wait two weeks to get sex.'”

“What?!” her sister asked with a little bit of shock.

“Ya, that’s why I had to listen,”  she sighed, her posture now more relaxed, leaning on the the table with her elbows.

“So…explain,” her sister insisted.

She paused, as if collecting her thoughts, “Well, the one guy was griping about Korean women and how it takes him at least two weeks before they’ll sleep with him.” She smoothed back her hair and continued, “He complained about how he couldn’t wait to get back to America where he could sleep with a girl after three dates. He went on and on about how annoyed he was that he couldn’t get sex after three dates.”

“Whoa. Seriously?” her sister said with disbelief and a bit of disgust. Well, maybe with a lot of disgust.

Her eyes rolled with annoyance at the conversation she had heard,”Yup. That’s why I had to listen. I thought I overheard wrong. Oh, but I didn’t.”

There was a bit of a pause in their movement and thoughts. Then, the two sisters picked at their food and changed the topic, almost wishing they hadn’t overheard the men after all.


This is a true story that happened to one of my friends (who will remain anonymous). As she relived that experience for me to hear, I couldn’t help but think about this video I saw the other day that came out of the Austin Institute:

Be the Gatekeeper and be a woman of dignity. Be a woman that holds a high standard for pursuit. Your body is not something to just give away. Keep your body for a man who will pursue you, cherish you, and commit to you.

I could go off on a rant, but I think that I’ll let these videos and articles speak for themselves.

Here’s a book that I read when I was in High School that opened my eyes to the world of teen sex all around me.

Here’s an article that I read recently about the legalizing of prostitution in Germany.

There are so many other good resources out there. These are just a few.

Respect your body. You are worth more than a one-night stand. You are worth more than just three dates.


October 26, 2013


today i biked 40k to bring awareness to the human trafficking issue in korea and to help raise money for the orphans.

this morning i helped escort 15 North Korean students to Ara Lock Bike Festival. it was surreal. even though i could not really communicate, it was amazing to think that these students have endured things i probably could not even imagine. and they were coming today. coming to support a great cause. that in itself was enough to stir my heart and give me joy and hope in knowing that God’s plan for this nation has only just begun. HIS heart for reunification and justice for the vulnerable– this is only a small taste of what is to come.

it was a beautiful day! slightly chilly, but perfect for biking. big blue skies, beaming sun. colorful foliage. calming river. laughter. conversation. friends. passion. justice. and just plain fun.

my legs are mush and i know the soreness will sink in by monday, but i feel so alive. totally worth it.

morning paper

October 26, 2013

morning paper

what an adorable old man.

What Teacher Ed…

October 22, 2013

What Teacher Education Programs forget to tell their candidates:

•A teacher cannot be all things to all people
•You are not a “bad person” if you are not always able to meet all the needs of all your students
•You are a powerful and compelling figure in the lives of your students
•In recalling their school years, students mostly remember their teachers, and not the courses they took
•You need to find a “critical friend” whom you can trust to serve as a sounding board
•At times students can be very cruel, difficult, and mean-spirited
•It is a mistake to personalize a student’s unacceptable behavior
•Teachers love their students as their parents love them–but in a different way and for a different reason
•Few people will ever appreciate the amount of time and effort teachers give to their teaching
•By choosing to be a teacher, you have entered an emotionally dangerous profession
•You are both a role model and change agent
•You need to pay attention to both your physical and emotional well-being
•Teaching is not like inducing a chemical reaction, but more like treating a painting, or planting a garden, or writing a friendly letter.
•Teaching is a complicated business because students are such unexpected blends of character, personality, and background
•Most of the significant advances in civilization have been the result of the work of teachers
•Teaching is an act of faith in the promise of the future
•Teaching is a way of life

a friend sent this to me today. as a teacher, this resonates with me deeply. 

[around the world]

October 21, 2013

are you mixed up?

last year Korea got confused. it thought that the rainy season was in december. its winter warmed enough for clouds to shower rain rather than a white blanket.

sometimes in life, we get the seasons mixed up. ecclesiastes says, “there is a time for everything.” the Word warns us to be a people who know the times and seasons.

if we are continually thinking back to an old season or jump ahead to a season we are not prepared for, we might fall behind or forsake the harvest.

if we pursue our own dreams outside of God we might find ourselves utterly lost, confused, disheartened.

in my own life i’ve been thinking on this a lot. we need to know the times and seasons of our own lives as well as the greater picture of what God is doing [at your job] [at your church] [in the city] [in the country] and [around the world].

i don’t want to be a rainy winter or a cold summer. a short fall or withering spring.

i want to know what God is up to and co-labor with him.

i don’t want to have any regrets.

i want to ebb and flow with the spirit of the Lord. run with God and find that i am in the center of HIS dreams and purposes. i don’t want to be confused. i don’t want to be caught with an umbrella in the winter or a jacket in the summer. i want to know the seasons and walk hand-in-hand with the Lord.

Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.