Eugene Cho

the grand canyon – oh, my god…

“Oh my God…”

Those were literally the words that came out of my mouth couple days ago as my family and I soaked in the majestic beauty of a sunset at Grand Canyon.

Minhee and I are both aware how blessed we are to have this time – not only with our children but also with one another. Honestly, I’m not sure how if I’ll ever get to take our whole family on a 10 week cross country drive and exploration again. While the first two weeks haven’t necessary been “restful” with three kids doing their kid thing in the back, we’ve had some really precious moments of family bonding and creating memories.

By far, the most special moment was soaking in our visit to several national parks including this trip to the Grand Canyon. We grabbed a great spot (a bit too close to the ledge for Minhee’s comfort) to witness another example of God’s amazing creation.

I wish I had more profound words that came across my mind but I simply thought

Oh my God. How magnificent you are…

again and again…

I last visited Grand Canyon about 17 years ago and while I hope it doesn’t take me another 17 years, who knows what the future holds. I’m trying to live neither in the past or too far into the future but to simply rejoice in this day…

If you’ve never had a chance to visit the Grand Canyon, I hope these pictures compel you to make plans – not only to visit but to plan on soaking in a sunrise or sunset. Click on the images below to see the higher resolution pictures. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

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your favorite national park?

As most of you know, Minhee and I – and our three kids (12, 10, and 8 ) are driving about 7000 miles around the country (mostly around the West and Midwest) for our sabbatical. We’re loosely making things up as we go along – which is both very adventurous and very stressful. But one of my hopes is to show my family – especially our urban kids – the amazing beauty of this country.

During my younger and single days, I drove through every single state in the Mainland U.S. and attempted to visit every single national park. I was pretty close.

While we won’t be able to visit every state or every park, my goal for our sabbatical road trip is to visit a handful of them. We were recently able to spend several hours at one of my favorite national parks, Arches National Park. It’s definitely in my top 3 if not my favorite. While you’re not able to see much wildlife, there’s something about the rocks and the dizzying shades of light that’s throughout the park including numerous spots and “caves” where it’s probably about 20-30 degrees cooler that the area temperature.

This country is so amazing and beautiful so here’s a simple question – both for my curiosity and for our planning:

What’s your favorite national park and why?
Any you’d like to recommend?

Here are some pics from our visit to Arches National Park: Read the rest of this entry »

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Invest in your soul.
Read the Scriptures.
Pray & listen. 
Embrace silence.
Go for a walk.
Laugh with friends.
Enjoy a good book.
Soak in God's creation.

#NatureIsMyLoveLanguage Final sunset.

Aloha. Mahalo. Hana hou. Ohana.

Thank you, Kona, the Whitlocks, YWAM, sea turtles, Nemo, Restorers DTS, and Scandinavian Shaved Ice. Our three children.

One will be heading off to college in one year. The 2nd in three years. In six years, Minhee and I will be empty nesters. As a young parent, my prayers for them often surrounded their purpose in life. While I still ponder those things, there are three things that I most pray for:

1. That they may love Christ and obey Christ. Not just the idea but to actually follow Christ and thus, to love people.

2. To hold God's Word - the Holy Scriptures - dear and near to their hearts.

3. To love one another and be there for one another for life. To be loyal to one another. To protect one another. To never allow pettiness, conflicts, jealousy,  money, or whatever to get between them in the future. Ever. 
May it be so. Amen. Kona sunset. #nofilter

Perhaps from the outside...things look great but this has been one of the most challenging years of our life. The most painful has involved one of our kids who've had to endure through a lifelong chronic illness. This year, we've gone to the hospital 3-4 times/week trying to get her better. Ups and downs. Emotional roller coaster. Parents will understand this but nothing hurts more than a sick child...especially when you can't "fix" the situation. We were praying that our trip to Hawaii would be a balm for her soul...but it has been hard. Really hard. Lots of tears hard. But soaking in this sunset with our kids is something we don't want to take for granted.

We continue to pray and hope. Hope is not that God promises us perfection or everything we want but that in all situations...God is with us. Believing - while faltering - in this truth for our child. My Hawaiian Seattle Korean queen. #kona @minheejcho A family that hikes together stays together. #kona #pololuvalley

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