Eugene Cho

growing up too fast

Where is the time going?  It’s already been 30 years since my family and I immigrated to the United States.  I was my second daughter’ age [6] when I entered this country.

Only seemed like yesterday when our oldest daughter, J, was born.  We were so profoundly humbled and overjoyed by her birth.   T was born at the most difficult time of my life.  She was a sign of great hope and she continues to bring hope to our family.  I still remember preaching with her on my back as we were starting Quest.  My son, J, turned 4 years old yesterday.  4 years old already?  Minhee and I wonder…”Where is the time going?”

This past week, we enjoy couple special moments with our children.  My two oldest daughters finished their school year and are now officially in 4th and 2nd grade.  During their end of school year assembly, they were honored amongst a handful of others with the Humanitarian Awards.  While I am immensely grateful for the devotion and commitment my parents showed in helping us pursue academic excellence, our prayer as parents is that our children would grow to be those who simply, “Love God and Love People.”  That is our first priority…an Ivy league degree is a far 2nd.  Our kids receiving those awards have deep meaning to us…we are so proud.

And yesterday, we had several folks over from the church to help celebrate my son’s birthday.  It’s a great joy to see how our children’s community has grown in the past couple years.  The first two years were bare.  Just our children and if were lucky, a handful of others.  Now, it’s difficult to invite all the families and kids so we simply invited those at J’s age or younger.  Check out these pics and slideshow (w/ soundtrack) from J’s party [Much thanks to photographer Hage Creative]. 

Time has no prejudice.  We have one life.  Let’s enjoy it and make it count.

 

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6 Responses

  1. ek says:

    Thanks for the example that you and Minhee are as parents and as a family.

  2. Tracy says:

    Jedi has the most beautiful spirit.

  3. Blake says:

    Yeeeeah! Your boy’s the man! 😉

  4. Kris says:

    What a darling video, and each of those children’s faces is so PRECIOUS. Your son is indeed fortunate to have a community of dear little friends. The little curly-haired girl has a precious, intense look on her face. And I noticed a transformer gift – oh my, do I remember those (our son is now 27). Thanks for sharing this event with us in blogland.

  5. Thanks for letting me capture those moments in your son life. Your family means a lot to Katey, Ez, and myself. It’s just one way to say thanks for what you have done for us. I look forward to seeing what a TRUE superhero Jedi will be for God.

  6. e cho says:

    kris: 27?! does it happen that quickly? i’m actually pretty excited about the transformers gift myself. i didn’t get one when i was younger so i’m going to play with this one.

    hage creative: thanks again.

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Human trafficking is not just an issue. It’s ultimately, about people. Depending on the sources of statistics, there are anywhere from 29-40 million people in some form of forced labor and slavery, including sex trafficking.

And one thing I’ve learned, personally, is how easy it is easy to reduce people into projects which is why mutuality, reciprocity, and dignity are so vital. These are critical because God never intended people to be reduced into projects.

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