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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

South Korea Girl {CC}

South Korea Girl is not coming home for Christmas.
 It is good news though. Really. Many of you have asked about her in e-mails and in comments. She will complete her semester at Sogang University in Seoul this week. She studied Korean and Asian history. She loves South Korea. CC has been studying Korean for over a year here in Georgia but there is no substitute for total immersion in the culture.

She had been fervently applying for South Korean internships. She was interviewed for two in the last two weeks. Time was drawing near for her to fly home and it was making me anxious. Flying to South Korea is expensive and she would have to fly back for an internship.  

Being a mom I was caught up in the myriad of details. What about a visa extension? What about the plane ticket? What about approval from her home university? What about the cold winter?

CC was in perfect contrast to her mother virtually unconcerned about all of the above. She had met with a missionary couple and arranged to live with them if an internship happened. She arranged to help them teach orphans. She felt that God strongly wanted her to stay. She was and is resolute. I am proud of her faith and in awe of her.

She accepted an internship at Seoul University to work at a museum. 
She will be helping a man there with his English as they work and he with her Korean. We continue to talk and text, for free, via Kakao Talk. It is a free app that hardly ever cuts us off. The winter in Seoul will be nothing like CC has ever experienced. It can get in the negative numbers. We live in a state where coats are optional.

The image above is of CC (on the left) and her now roommate. I think they are adorable. Her roommate is from Georgia and also attends CC's home university. They did not know each other before this South Korean semester. They can continue their friendship when CC returns.

I tried to pull some images of Seoul and CC in the snow off of Instagram but could not. She is coffeeaddict0021. She takes a lot of pictures of Korean food, coffee and historic sites.

We will miss her terribly at Christmas but we will be fine. I will be fine. I am happy for her.
Thank you all for asking about her.

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Happy Christmas


  1. Aren't kids just amazing. CC reminds me of my oldest daughter, plowing on through while I worried what to do if...
    You should be proud. Very proud.
    So No, you don't get the Bah Humbug.

  2. Love CC and so proud of her! Yes, we give them wings to fly. Looks like she is soaring!

  3. Adorable photo of CC and her roommate! They look like they're doing great! So glad an internship worked out for her, but I can imagine the emptiness you'll experience at Christmas. I guess it's bittersweet because we love when our kids are doing so well, and yet miss them terribly at times.
    Mary Alice

  4. Olive,

    What a wonderful mom you are to encourage CC to fly with the wings you have given her! This is such a great opportunity for her and this is the time in her life she can do it. You've given yourself an early Christmas present as your heart will be so full of pride for your daughter as she follows HER heart and makes a difference in another part of the world.

    I loved your description of the contrast between your worry and her seemingly easily made arrangements. It reminds me of my own kids when they took off to follow their dreams. You will have so much to share the next time you are together and it will be all the sweeter.


  5. That is such a lovely photo of CC with her room mate - all my best wishes to your beautiful daughter and to you and Joe of course. Worrying is what we mothers do best. You have every right to be proud of her, she's amazing.

  6. I am so glad it has all worked out for her..and yes, you are right...You will be fine.....we raise them to be independent of us... sniff, sniff... and mine have been gone from home 20 years. Sounds like you have done a marvelous job with her...
    Love, Mona

  7. She's where she's meant to be. And what's better than teaching orphans. I'm proud of her. And I'm proud of you for being OK with it!

  8. i am glad she is doing something that makes her happy & enjoying the learning experience. how fun!! ( :

  9. my daughter feels that way also. Sniff, sniff. Her daughter is 20 to be 21 soon.

    Oh both are adorable. You gave her wings to fly. Be proud.

    Love your blog and pictures.

  10. I know you are so very proud of her....doesn't keep you from missing her though. I'll miss my 'kids' this holiday, too. I try not to feel sad...most days I do fine....other days I can't help it. Sending you some holiday hugs my friend.

  11. I'm sorry you will not get to see your daughter for Christmas! It sounds like she is having a great time though and is very happy on her new adventure :o)
    Merry Christmas!!!

  12. We share a lot in common I love thrifting and vintage anything and I am also a nurse. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

  13. Olive, I am thankful that you did a post about your girl. I know I am not the only one who has been thinking of CC. She's a happy girl. Blessings to all of you. I know you will miss her, but realize sometimes it's better if they stay put instead of trying to catch flights in bad weather. xoxo,Susie

  14. Olive,
    I am proud of CC too! What a blessing to have a daughter so wonderfully grounded in the Lord. No parent could ask for more.

  15. I'm sorry she won't be home at Christmas, but don't you know, she is having the time of her life? How exciting! Pop a candy cane in your mouth and toast to CC with hot chocolate! You've raised an awesome lady!

  16. From the first time I met CC, I knew she was a strong, independent woman. So happy she was able to get the internship before time ran out. Thanks for updating her adventure in South Korea. You must be one proud mama!

  17. How proud you must be of CC. She is an independent gal and having the time of her life in South Korea. I know she will be missed at Christmas but be happy for I know you are.

  18. Looks like you and I will be in the same situation during Christmas with our children not being home. Sounds like your daughter is doing well in Korea though. She must be very smart!

  19. That's all such good news! Something tells me she has some wonderful and encouraging parents. :)

  20. What a wonderful experience for her!

  21. I'm sorry she won't be with you this holiday, but she looks so happy in that picture, and I'm sure she is making memories that will last a lifetime!

    xo Kat

  22. This is great news! I know how hard it is for a mom to encourage a child to be so far away but you know your sacrifice is helping her find her calling in life.

  23. What a lovely photo of your daughter and her friend. Gosh, you must be so proud of her, and rightly so. Youngsters these days are amazing aren't they?! I would be like you, and worrying about all the small details. That's what mums are for though , isn't it?! CC will be very much missed at Christmas I'm sure, but she is doing what she loves doing , which is lovely. Hugs to you my friend.

  24. what a wonderful experience for her. It amazes me how many young people do internships in other countries. I noticed this when my daughter 3 years ago studied in Germany University she loved it only couldn't get use to small rooms in houses where she stayed and no air conditioning in summer
    I know you will miss her but knowing she is safe and happy will make you happy for her
    blah blah I sound like a Mom

    Merry Christmas

  25. What a wonderful young lady your CC is - I know you are proud of her, and rightfully so! Sounds like she is loving S Korea and being immersed in that culture. What a wonderful experience!

  26. It will be tough not seeing her but it sounds like she is in the center of God's will. She and her roommate look absolutely adorable!!


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