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    Happy Pepero Day!

    Pepero Day is a kind of holiday in Korea on November 11 (aka 1111). The tradition is to give people Pepero, which are long skinny cookie biscuits dipped in chocolate. It’s similar to Valentine’s Day but has the underlying Hallmarkism of Sweetest Day. There are prominent displays at the grocery stores of the seven different flavors of the original Pepero brand.


    Pepero boxes


    Pepero is manufactured by Lotte, a multinational food, chemicals, and shopping corporation. Lotte seems to rule Korea… there’s even a Lotte World amusement park.

    People once exchanged Pepero with wishes to be tall and skinny (so says Wikipedia). However, now people give Pepero as a sign of affection. The tradition started sometime in the 80’s.

    David came home with a lot of boxes. Some students wrote cute messages on the back:


    Pepero box messages


    As someone who is a fan of 11:11 and chocolate, I can get down with this holiday. I don’t have a lot of hope that eating these will make me taller, though. Maybe wider.


    A Pepero stick


    Happy Pepero Day!



    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    We set up our Christmas tree last night and put up a few Thanksgiving decorations as well. Some of our friends had us over for dinner this week, and we made some thankful turkeys with them. The stuffed animal is actually a hat. David wore it to school on Wednesday and the kids got a kick out of it.


    Thanskgiving in the living room


    The pies are made, turkey is in the oven, and soon we’ll be enjoying a feast. I am also so excited to have my mom in Turkey for this Thanksgiving!

    There is so much I am thankful for, it’s hard to even begin! Most of all, I am thankful for my family and friends and the love, mercy, and forgiveness from my God and Savior.

    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34