Friday, July 10, 2009

It's that time again....

at To Know Him

1. I am assuming mostly women will be participating...What is one item, or article of clothing that you don't mind spending a little extra money on (shoes, purse, etc)? Why?

Jeans. Do I really need to explain why? The right pair of jeans can lift the buttocks, take an inch off the thighs, manage that belly pooch, and make a person look 10 years younger. Ok, so maybe those are only magic jeans that I dream about, but I think you get the general idea. The wrong pair of jeans can make a person look 10 pounds heavier and turn even the trendiest girl into a sporter of the mom jean. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, google "Amy Poehler mom jeans" for one of the greatest SNL skits ever. I would post it here, but NBC won't allow me to open it in Korea due to loose copyright regulations here. Go figure.)
ANYwho, I wear jeans almost every day; so I rationalize spending a pretty penny on my magic jeans like this: if I divide how much I spend on the jeans over the number of days I will wear them, it usually comes out to, like, $0.02/day. If you ask me, that's a whole lot cheaper than a surgical buttocks lift.

2. Are you married? If so, how long? Give the short version of how you met your spouse?
I have been married five years as of June 5 this year. My husband and I have known each other since kindergarten because our parents attended the same church. But we really got to know each other when he fell in "like" with my seventh-grade best friend and, in true middle school fashion, I was the official "note delivery girl" between the two of them. You know, check "yes" or "no" and all that... From that point on, we were pretty inseparable (at church, at least). We started "officially" dating the spring after I turned 16, and we never looked back.

3. Do you find that you have a level of authenticity (being real...the good, bad and very ugly) in your circle of friends? In your Christian circles and Church? If yes, why do you think that is? If no, why do you think that is?
Back home in the states, I have a small group of girlfriends that know more about me than they probably ever wanted to know. They know when things are going well. They know when life is the pits. They know the desires of my heart for ministry. And they know the areas in which I struggle. I miss those ladies very much. Honestly, that has been one of the most difficult parts of coming here. I have a couple friends here with whom I can be very honest; but they don't live close enough to have a whole ton of interaction. Among my acquaintances and fellow Samonims at the church, I try to be as authentic as I can while staying within the cultural norms. "Face" is very important here, and it would reflect badly upon my husband for me to be too "authentic." So, striving to find that balance between being authentic and being respectable is a daily struggle. Still, I love my girls back home, and I try to stay in contact with them via email throughout our time here.

The End.

1 comment:

Toknowhim said...

Totally agree with you about the right pair of jeans... I am still looking for my dream pair :)

I think that is so sweet that you and your hubby have known each other for your whole lives too :)

It has to be hard when you feel like you can't be yourself totally...but you can always be yourself totally with the Lord when there are no friends around...

Blessings, Kim

The Quote That Started It All...

I myself have twelve hats, each one representing a different personality. Why be just yourself? - Margaret Atwood