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More Family, Food and Gifts

Last month, we began our Christmas celebration while visiting family in Tennessee (at Thanksgiving). There, Ethan received Christmas gifts from grandparents. Today, we had our annual Christmas gathering with the Flaughs in Roaring Spring, PA. Families exchange names of the children at the Thanksgiving gathering and buy Christmas gifts for them. As you’ll notice inContinue →

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

What an amazing Christmas this is already! It’s wonderful to experience things through the eyes of Ethan. Everything is new and larger than life! Here’s a little of what we’ve been up to. Weekend before last was the Christmas Parade in Clearfield. Tradition has Santa arriving by train. It was so cold, we looked forContinue →


In the months before we brought Ethan home from Korea, a friend told us about teaching her children sign language even before they were able to communicate with words. One of the first signs we taught Ethan was “more” (to help us know if he was still hungry and wanted more food). And recently, we’veContinue →

Vacation Hangover

We wondered how Ethan would handle our recent vacation, visiting family in Tennessee. It was the longest Ethan’s been away from home since being with us. As it turns out, he handled it pretty well. Ethan went to sleep each night without too much difficulty, but he didn’t get as much sleep as he neededContinue →

One of the Lucky Ones

Last night, Joleen, Ethan, and I went to Seoul Korean Restaurant, an authentic Korean restaurant in Chattanooga, TN. You can read their story at You can also read about our last visit to an authentic Korean restaurant here. We met one of the co-owners, Kye Cha Paris, who was very helpful. She really enjoyedContinue →

Saturday Nights

While it’s Saturday, this Saturday is not a normal Saturday (because we’re on vacation). Most Saturday nights, though, it’s just Ethan and I while Mommy leads a worship gathering at West Side. Sometimes we play. Sometimes Ethan let’s me do last-minute work on my sermon for the following day. One Saturday, a few weeks ago,Continue →

Images of Clearfield

We have now lived in Clearfield almost 5 months. On one of our walks awhile back, we took a number of photos around town. We intended to take more on future walks but haven’t gotten back to it yet. We are enjoying getting to know our new home town. We both found ourselves saying, afterContinue →

Slinky Action Zone

Today, we took Ethan to the birthday party of one of his cousins, 8-year-old Hannah. The party took place at Slinky Action Zone (Duncansville, PA), a place where kids can play all kinds of games. It’s a popular party spot for kids. It was Ethan’s first time there. He jumped right in and had aContinue →

Tennessee Flashback

We’re going to visit family and friends in Tennessee for the week of Thanksgiving. Due to a pretty crazy year (in a good way), it’s a long overdo trip! It’s been just over a year since we’ve been to Tennessee. The last time we were there, we received the first photos of our baby boyContinue →

Hanging Out with the Pastors

Today, we started something new, holding a time of “hanging out with the pastors.” We invited people from both West Side and Centre Grove to join us at Old Town Road Dairy from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. We had a great response our first time out. Today’s meeting was scheduled on pretty short noticeContinue →