Visitors from Afar

I know this is a blog about cards.  But, my life encompasses more than just cards.  I am busy mom of three kids, though one is out of the house living half way across the country.  I am involved in church and the community.

So, when I get a message late one night that starts… “I know this may sound crazy but would you consider…”  I’m just like of course…I’m game.

This is how “Lucy” and “Ed” came to be part of my family.

What was the crazy idea that my friend approached me with?  Hosting a student from Korea!  Crazy, right.  But, I just couldn’t take one – we had to host two.

So, a Korean professor from Utah and her husband, a professor at Southern Illinois University decided to bring 25 students from Daedong Taxation High School in Seoul, South Korea to America.  An instructor at SIU became involved and thought our community would be the perfect place.  So, these kids flew from the Republic of Korean to our little itty bitty town of 1600 at the very bottom of Illinois in the middle of nowhere.

What trip to Southern Illinois would be complete without a visit to the giant Superman statue in Metropolis?

This is how Huiju Jeon and Sehun Lim came into our lives.  Poor kids, they will never be the same 🙂  They have experienced the American high school school day, lunch with friends, dinners at home, the small American malls and the quiet nature that is the Shawnee National Forest.  They have seen deer and skunks and cows and horses… so many new experiences!  And, of course, our lives will never be the same as well!  When they leave, they will take a little bit of my heart with them.  Though they have been here but a short time, they will be forever a part of our family.

Learn more about their adventures by watching these news stories….

First Day with Ed

Lucy’s Experiences

Oh… and why didn’t I have time to post a new card yesterday since they were in school?  Well, our church has become like their home church.  So, last night we hosted the students, their host families, the student council students and their families, Vienna High School staff, church families and members of the community.  All told, about 200 people were here last night to enjoy fellowship with each other over a meal – because you cannot gather at a Baptist church and not eat, right!


Well, someone had to cook the food!  So, I gathered my team of outstanding women and we cooked for a couple hours.  Thus, I was just too busy to do a blog post.  But, I am back a with a vengeance.  If you have read to this point… here are the cards 🙂

What type of Stamper would I be if I did not make cards to send my new kids back home with…

These cards feature the Swan Lake and Dragonfly Dreams stamp sets from the new Occasions catalog.  There was some embossing and die cutting involved along with some coloring and Wink of Stella!

And, speaking of Swan lake, I think that is my most favorite set from the Occasions catalog.  I love the bold images.  The sentiments are great.  You can use them for a ton of things, so be watching as I use this set a lot in coming weeks.

That being said… one of the cards I designed for the recent card swap was this elegant Swan.  Black, Vanilla, and Gold… how can you go wrong?


Here are the details…


Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers 🙂

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