Friday, August 26, 2011


We had two very lovely surprises last week.  Don't you just love surprises?

The first was from our Korean neighbor, Kye (Kay).  Almost one year ago I asked her to help me try and locate a statue of St. Andrew Kim Taegon, the first Korean priest who was martyred.

It is so difficult to locate any form of sacramental on this saint beside medals.  I thought with her being Korean Catholic surely she would have a better chance of locating a statue than myself.

I heard back once.  She was having a difficult time herself and then I  never heard about it again.  I thought we were out of luck.  Until last week when she rang the doorbell and presented us with this large box.

We carefully unwrapped it to find this::


It's him!  It is the statue of St. Andrew Kim Taegon...all 18" of him.  Isn't it beautiful?

I think Kye was more thrilled with finding him than we were.  Once I put her on this quest, she soon realized how difficult it was to come across a statue of him in the United States as well as South Korea.  

Apparently, a friend of a relative of a friend (I think) found it and shipped him to Kye.

St. Andrew Kim now stands among Stan's other Korean items on a shelf in his bedroom.  Quest accomplished!


On Saturday, the hubs brought in the mail and handed me a brown envelope.  I saw that it was from Eleanor, our old neighbor and friend up in Illinois.

(From our visit with her last summer -  '10.)

Eleanor reads my blog each day.  She really enjoys being able to keep up with the family with the stories and pictures.

She read that I was on the hunt for some new recipes and sent me this::

Her late husband Charles was a WWII vet in the U.S. Navy and served and protected our country from aboard the USS Essex CV-9.

Writing this I had a flashback....when Sally was little she always called Charlie "Char-Chee".

I called her on Sunday and had such a lovely chat.  I thanked her for the gift and told her that even though I was not feeling good the night before, I was able to look through and mark a some recipes that I look forward to trying.

Yes.  I'll definitely post about them.


Thank you again, Kye and Eleanor, for the thoughtfulness that showed.

~  Patty  ~


  1. what is that they say about friends being the flowers in the garden of life? Kye and Eleanor are two beautiful friends ! I love that statue -- truly a beautiful gift to Stan, and the recipe book looks intriguing!

  2. The statue is gorgeous!! I'm surprised it was so difficult to find, it should have been easy in Korea.

    I bet you will find some great recipes in that cookbook!!

  3. Love the statue! The detail is amazing. So glad you had some nice surprises. :)

  4. Awww, lovely thoughtfulness and cheer, just warmed my heart for you! That Korean statue is amazing grace:)


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