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He’s moving on to 8th grade! Jacob is a pro at being a middle schooler. His favorite classes were Bible, Pre-Algebra and Social Studies. He liked chapel and his small group, too. If we can get him to stop carrying everything in his bookbag, I’ll be happy.

A few 7th-grade highlights 

Week Without Walls in Korea (ziplining, lots of outdoor activities, traditional Korean food, etc.)

Everland (amusement park)

Skiing over Christmas break

Turning 13 in Hong Kong

The New York City Subway System is the largest subway system in the world, with 468 train stations and 26 subway lines. That's one massive subway system!

 

 

 

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We had a whirlwind trip to the U.S., full of airports and long car rides, visiting family and friends and lots of shopping. I do not like shopping. At all. That being said, my tall kids and their parents needed clothes. We stocked up on stuff, threw in some Target, Amazon  and Wal Mart randomness and called it good. 

We had fun seeing cousins and friends in (HOT) MS and AL, fishing and kneeboarding, bowling and swimming, celebrating July 4th and my Dad’s birthday and eating too much. 

This is my last week before school starts. The 2nd year overseas should be a breeze! (please, please, please)  The kids have 2 weeks. Only 1 kid is excited. Guess who!

Quick summer breakdown in (a lot of!) photos…

 

  

    
    
    
    

  
   
    
    
 
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because I screenshot everything, hoping I’ll actually remember good ideas! ❤️ I still love middle schoolers! 

Happy Summer, y’all! 

  

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February in Seoul has been very busy and cold. I’m ready for sunshine and a beach. I also miss Target and our church in Memphis. (in that order? No!?! No.) It’s funny how I miss different things at different times. Food isn’t a big deal for me but familiar routines are. Oh, and I miss the Jeep. So I could drive to the beach.

I’m thankful for my Valentines. Caleb makes me laugh everyday and steps up when Sean is gone. Jacob is my steady, grounded one. Today, he told me that he’s glad we moved to Seoul because they have different candy to try. Important stuff! Julianna is a ball of energy. It’s never boring here. 

   
   
I was telling a friend that I’m enjoying the kids as they get older. I like being around them–they make life better.

Happy ❤️ day! 

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It has been almost a month since we moved to Seoul. We have started getting used to using public transportation (it’s really easy and reliable), eaten all kinds of good food, tried (and still trying!) to adjust to the humidity and heat and walking and we’re debating over getting a car. Should we, should we not?? 

  
Things we like…

Jacob–the orange juice and frozen chocolate covered pineapple pieces

Julianna–playing

Caleb–trying new food (street food, preferably)

Tonya–walking around the city

Sean–bubble tea

Things that we need a little longer to get used to…

The complicated recycling system, extreme humidity, not speaking Korean. (yet!)

We have started orientation for school–students start next Monday! I’m excited but a little sad to see the summer end. But I’m not going to lie…this summer has not been very restful!;)

This is a super short video of us in Namdaemun, an area of the city with lots of shopping. Stores and street vendors galore. But first, a picture of Sean thinking about how he would rather have a bubble tea than the coffee he just ordered…

    
Seriously.


Ok, you can’t see a lot past my face– I’ll do better next time. Maybe.  (Disclaimer: the video plays in my edit/preview screen. If it won’t play for you, I’ll post it separately.)   Next update will include a few pictures (or a tour!) of our apartment. Because, apparently, I need more than 3 weeks to set it up! Don’t judge.

All is well with the Garricks-hope the same is true for you.

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It’s been a busy summer! After packing, selling, donating and chunking our excessive junk we’ve accumulated, we said goodbye to our home in Southaven this week. After 7 years, there may have been a tear or two.  It’s bittersweet leaving church/school/community/friends—familiarity!  The boys have been at Greenbrook, SIS, SMS and DC, making great friends along the way! We can’t forget Julianna loves her Purple Bear buddies.The next few days will be spent with family in Mobile then off to Seoul. We’ll be on an aeroplane according to Julianna– thanks, Peppa Pig! 

We loved living in Mississippi (<— who knew an Alabama girl would say that?!) and have great friends and memories there. It’s hard leaving but it’s also exciting to move on. I’ve learned over the years that you can feel “all the feels” at the same time! 

Happy 4th of July, everyone! If you find yourself in South Korea, we’ll have coffee…or bubble tea:)

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This is a quick update of our first week in SK. 

So far we have

lugged our stuff all over, tried new foods, explored and gotten lost, greatly surpassed our daily 10k recommended steps, gotten over the hump of jetlag, started to like Korean coffee–(so many options!), experienced lots of firsts…

had to change destinations in a taxi to somewhere we could say, double paid a taxi driver (cash and card swiped by 2 of us at the same time!-oops!), heated chicken strips that I thought were precooked but were not (surprise!), not been able to find canned veggies at the store, except corn, obviously;) <–corn is big here…bought grapes that were actually scuppernongs…and the list goes on!

We are {slowly} settling in and look forward to more adventures. Probably with lots of hills. 

   
  

       

**silliness, pedestrian bridge, taxi queue (<–you wait in line), 7 Eleven, mandu, Korean restaurant**

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Okay.  Now you know where are heads are these days, so let me tell you about something else very near and dear to me.

When people adopt internationally (and domestically, for that matter), they have to write some pretty big checks. It’s expensive, plain and simple.  Well, there is this ah-mazing website that I stumbled across during my many hours of web surfing about funding raising and paying for adoptions.  The idea of this site is this: if everyone gives a little, it can make a HUGE difference. That makes sense, right?? It was started by Beth Cupitt, a mom who is also adopting and who saw a need.

I reeaalllyy want you to check out this website. You will hear more about it later…