The Cho Family is too cheap to mail out letters and Christmas cards so this is their sincere attempt to extend blessings to you and yours. If you’re interested, you can read more by reading this ‘this letter or clicking on the christmas card to see the adventures of their family this past year.
The Cho Family Adventures of 2006
It’s true. Another year has come and gone. Like many of you, Eugene, Minhee, and their three kids have no idea how this year went by so quickly. It seemed like just a year ago when Eugene wooed Minhee in Korea and swept her off her feet with his long flowing curly hair, vibrant hand gestures, and long monologues but alas, 9.75 years have passed by. Indeed, in about five weeks on February 1, Eugene and Minhee will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary. But back to this past year, the entire Cho Clan thinks it was a great year.
The kids at least, have been told it was a great year by their parents and they had great fun, have nothing to complain about, and they have great parents. J is now in third grade. Through her school, she enjoyed an after school drama program and continues to excel in sports and may one day honor her father’s desire for her to earn a Division I scholarship. T joined her sister’s school this year and despite being the youngest student in her first grade class, is adjusting and enjoying her new experience. Both Eugene and Minhee love taking turns dropping and picking them up at school. T continues to enjoy art, jump rope, and plays a mean game of checkers. My son turned three in June. For a while, his parents were concerned that he was acting more like Jabba the Hut than a Jedi as he had difficulty putting a few words together into what we would normally call a sentence. But alas, the force is strong with this one and he has made leaps and bounds in his communication to the point that his parents miss the days of his simple questions. He attends something ridiculous called 2 day Pre-Kindergarten. J enjoys cars, dinosaurs, crashing into things, and bugging his sisters.
Both Minhee and Eugene took one more step closer towards the looming 40 (a couple years away). They remain committed to having one parent (this would be Minhee) remain at home until all three kids are in public school. While there are days she wants to kick Eugene in the shins really hard because he gets to ‘work’ and enjoy free coffee daily, she really does enjoy this season of her life. Somehow, like an amazing superhero, she enjoys her hobbies of crafts and cyworld, leads the Moms’ Group at her church, volunteers at her kids’ schools, attends BSF in Seattle, and strives to regularly pray for her husband, children, and church community. Her mother (who lives in Korea) recently had a back injury so Minhee went to Korea to tend to her mother for couple weeks during her rehab. Minhee returned to Seattle only to discover that Eugene fed the kids macaroni and cheese for Thanksgiving dinner. Thank God that she understands the importance of forgiveness.
Asides from his privilege of being a husband and father, Eugene continues to serve the city of Seattle and a growing church called Quest as a pastor. The Seattle Times recently published a short ‘portrait’ of Eugene and his ministry. He also masquerades as a barista at QCafe and enjoys the perks of free coffee and free admission to the live music shows at Q. As some of you may know, Eugene and Minhee planted Quest Church in 2001. This past November, Quest celebrated their five year anniversary but they were unsure why people were giving them a standing ovation when they get to enjoy so much the blessings of this ministry. Eugene also managed to keep busy by: 1) a handful of speaking gigs at churches/conferences, 2) a vision trip with a small group of pastors to Thailand, Burma, and Japan, 3) unretiring his basketball shoes to no longer allow his ruptured Achilles injury of 2003 to hold him back, and 4) starting this new blog you are currently reading.
The Cho Clan thanks you for your friendship and partnership and hope that in some way or another – email, phone, text message, or smoke signals – can continue to stay in touch. They extend blessings to you and yours this Christmas and in 2007 and beyond.