107 Years

I must say, we started off the New Year just right. First, a solid breakfast at one of our favorite spots in the city – Ella’s. Next, a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge… just to say “hello” and because it amazes me every time I see it.

Sportin’ our new Christmas beanies, of course. (Mine is a Sarah Baer original!)

Then, a hike along the coast, just north of Santa Cruz, and a picnic lunch on the beach.

But to top it off, we got to enjoy a special and spontaneous dinner with my godparents (Steve & Margie) and Margie’s 107-year-old dad. 107 years. (I thought that was worth repeating.) Although he’s lost his hearing, we were able to hear fascinating stories from him by asking questions via an “Etch-a-Sketch.” Stories of him taking a 30-day journey across the Pacific, from Seattle to Korea, to start missionary work, followed by his beautiful descriptions of his first impressions of the country. Stories of his language lessons, and finally, how he fell in love with his Korean wife by writing her letters (per Korean customs) and planned their wedding in 2 days with only $20. We were in the presence of a gentle man of God with a wealth of life experiences and history, just waiting to be told. Truly, a gift to be with him, and a wonderful way to start our new year.

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2 thoughts on “107 Years

  1. That was sooo dear to share your time with us and my dad. Such a beautiful tribute to him. He, as well as we, enjoyed that visit from you sooo much! I will pass this on to my family! Thank you so much!!

    Love, love!

  2. I’m Grace Peters Alexander, Margie’s older sister. I know your parents from our Belgium trip together, and enjoyed getting acquainted with them. Thank you for your kind words about our Dad. He truly is a special man of God, and we appreciate those who take the time to listen to his life stories. Fortunately, his life story is written down, and much has been documented on film.
    He continues to bless so many Koreans who contact us to visit him.
    God bless you and your husband.

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