Thursday, August 19, 2010

Guest Post: K. Davis from Believe It & Be Satisfied

(( i hope you enjoy the first of many guest posts over the next 4 months! 
first up: k. davis from believe it & be satisfied.))

Hello Yellow Songbird/ Oh, Sweet Joy readers... Kim invited some to guest blog, and I jumped at the chance! I'm K. Davis (I know I know, it's so close to Kim... just a different first name!) and my normal hang out is at, "Believe it and Be Satisfied".  Kim recently moved overseas, temporarily, and that's another thing we have in common!  I'm actually typing away from my computer in S. Korea right now (2.5 years left)... and before that, I was in Germany for 3.5 years.  Such is the life of a military spouse! 

So really, instead of saying "hello", I should start off by saying "an-niyong-ha-say-yo" (spelled out, exactly how you say it... now you know 'hello' in Korean)!  I will spare you the
18+ hour plane ride, and share some photos of a typical walk around town... so grab a coffee and get comfy, and experience Asia through my lens...

I live about 1.5 hours south of Seoul... even though it's only 60 km away, it takes triple the amount of time, thanks to all the traffic.  Where I live, I'm surrounded by farmland-tons and tons of rice paddies and it's absolutely beautiful, although sometimes the stench can be WAY overwhelming.

I have a thing for bikes... photograph them whenever I see them... I know, total habit of mine! But aren't these adorable?  Right behind those bikes are fields and fields of growing rice plants.  Be happy that the stench can't come through the computer... because it can be pretty STINKY!

There are so many beautiful "temples/shrines" all around the area... there is a huge amount of detail that goes into painting each and every one of these, but I'm so fascinated by the shape because it's so different than anything I saw while living in Europe.  

Now lets head over to the "urban" area of where I live... we just call it, "downtown."  This is where all the vendors are, and boy oh boy, let me tell you the street food is to DIE for.  Okay, so the folks on the military base tell us not to eat it because we might end up with a foreign "visitors" inside our digestive tract, but I can't stay away! 

And did I mention how precious the Koreans are?

Don't even get me started on the fact that I have a huge warehouse FULL of rolls upon rolls of inexpensive designer fabric... did you know that Riley Blake's factory for her fabric is here in Korea and that it is not too far away? Oh yes, I am one happy camper... 2.5 years left to go... I think I can handle it!  

It was hard at first, especially continuing to live overseas after already having been away from the states for a bunch of years.  I miss out on birthday celebrations, holidays, bbq's and seeing my nephews and nieces "growing up"... but I know this... God put me here, right now, for a very specific purpose, and although it can be frightening and scary at times... I can find peace in God's Word when he tells us in Joshua 1: 9, 

"... Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."  

How wonderful and comforting is that?  When everything around you changes, He remains your constant.  I continue to enjoy where He has put me... and I'm so happy that I was able to share with you what I experience on a day to day basis.  

I hope you don't mind if I come by again next month... perhaps it'll be a fun craft tutorial (wink wink!)


  1. Thanks K Davis! This is awesome!

  2. wow, that is incredible that you live there! that must have been a real adjustment. your photos are stunning! and what an encouraging verse.

  3. Meg, it's a beautiful place to live!!! I have 3 years to adjust... and then I won't know what to do with myself if we move back to the states!


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