Playing Catch Up:

Wow. It’s been a very long time since I blogged. Sorry :/ . I just forget about it when I do have the time then remember when I don’t. Anyhow, I figured that since 2014 is winding down I’d look back, through pictures, at events I’ve been a part of these past 3 months.


October was a busy month. My birthday was on Thursday the 9th and I got to celebrate for two days because in Korea October 9th in a federal holiday. It’s Hangul Day. The day where they celebrate the creation of their language.

The day before my birthday, my staff bought my a delicious cake and they sang to me in English while my students sang to me in Korean. Then each student wrote me a little note. One student even wrote her’s in English. It meant a lot that she tried so hard.

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The day of my actual birthday was spend with my lovely friend, Tiana. We went on a bus to see a part of the city that we’d never visited before. We ending up hanging out on a pebbled beach and then eating Shabu-Shabu.

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The weekend of my birthday was really special. I went with three friends to a Lantern Festival in the nearby city of JinJu. There were hundreds of lanterns 20 feet high floating on the river. It was quite a sight to see.

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The last week of October was amazing. I spent it in Japan with my fellow missionary class for Mid Terms. We got to explore in Osaka and Kyoto which was nothing short of a spectacular trip. I have a lot more pictures and stories but for now, I’ll just share these.

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October ended with my favorite holiday, Halloween. Unfortunately, Halloween isn’t a big holiday here but I was able to carve a pumpkin and watch the Peanuts Special on my laptop, so I was happy.

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November was a much calmer month. First, I finished my second semester of Korean class.

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Then, spend the next three weeks hanging out with my students full time. We did many activities such as…


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Had a Thanksgiving program:

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Wrapping projects:

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and put up a Christmas trees:

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As December begins I’m thankful for the warmth inside my apartment and the joy of my friends and students.

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I was so blessed to be supported by so many friends and family from home on Giving Tuesday. Thank you again for your love.

If you feel like sending a Christmas card my way, I’d sure appreciate it:

Michelle Ivy
105, 42 Kkachigogae-ro 197beon-gil,
20-4 Ami-dong-2-ga, Seo-gu
Busan, 602-827

This beautiful alter was created by a teacher at our school for Advent. I love it. Merry Christmas to all!!

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