wow - has it been two years since our last update? we are so sorry! with Facebook and Instagram and what not, it feels like so much of our life is already "out there". nonetheless, a short update for those of you still following along.

family:

obviously the big news is that another little one has joined our ranks! baby ellie was born on april 6th, one day before her due date. it was definitely the most challenging pregnancy and the second-most difficult labor for min, but she was a champ and nearly one month into it, everyone is doing great. we are thrilled for the birth of a daughter and are excited for life with three kids.


JJ's personality has really started to blossom. we love this age - even though 2 can be challenging, it is also full of so much joy and laughter. he is starting to ride his balance bike, loves reading peppa pig stories and basically copies everything his big brother does. here's our little guy's preschool portrait:



sammy is turning 5 in a few weeks and will be in kindergarten this september! early childhood really does blow by! he is such student of life and every time he learns something new, he obsesses about it for weeks. i guess this is pretty normal for kids his age, but we really get a kick out of it. recently he's been into the solar system, the water cycle, the life of plants, soccer and yes, even the bible. ha ha! a pastor's kid he truly is.


church plant:

we are now in the 2nd year of our church plant. it's slow-going but we're actually we're thrilled at how our little community is becoming a family and people are gradually living into their giftings and callings. since our last blog post, i (mike) got ordained, we hired an associate pastor (joe riffe) and a pastoral intern (david tassell), and our services moved from bi-weekly to weekly. we recently celebrated a wedding, a baptism, a fantastic easter lunch and an entire sunday devoted to serving our community. if you ever want to follow along, you can always visit our website:  www.tablecov.org






anyways, that's a quick little update for now. we really are so grateful for our life here - for friends, family, supporters and neighbors. our time in virginia has been so full of life - from babies to church plants to new relationships, we take nothing for granted and feel so blessed.

hopefully our next update won't take another 2 years!

love, mike and min.


hello friends and family,

we are so sorry, but we haven't posted here in almost a year! clearly it's been a busy year. well, we won't overwhelm you with info, but here are a few quick hits:

1. baby JJ!

obviously, the first reason it's been such a busy year is because of the birth of our wonderful second son, JJ. his full name is joshua jihoon han, but we affectionately call him, "JJ".

since it's almost been a year, here's a collection of his monthly photos. as you can see, he's a pretty active kid.

    





 this was the peak of his "fatness"







he's been a super-fun addition to our family. he eats well, sleeps well and loves to smile. he constantly drools and is always on the move. we love our little JJ!

2. church planting

a year ago we were just starting our church planting journey. after a summer of discernment, we had decided this was indeed what God was calling us into. we began a conversation with the evangelical covenant church and now a year later, we are official! we were tasked with gathering 30 committed adults, raising $20,000 and partnering with a local church and thanks to your prayers and generosity, we did it!

here's a picture taken during our training day this past weekend where mike got to sign the official "church planter's covenant agreement", ensuring 3 years of support from the ECC as we try to become a healthy, missional church.


along with this, mike is pretty far along in his ordination process, and if all goes well at the final interview in Chicago in January, he should be ordained at our denomination's annual meeting in June. this is a long-time coming! prayers would be appreciated!

if you want to learn more about our little church plant and our journey, check out our website: www.tablecovchurch.org

though we've raised our first year's budget, we still need help with our second and third year's budget. if you would like to contribute financially, you can do so at:  give.tablecovchurch.org

3. sammy starts preschool

after a pretty successful stint at a local mother's-day-out program, this year we took the plunge and enrolled sammy in a four-day pre-school. and he LOVES IT! we drop him off and he happily sits down and gets to work. he's genuinely happy to be there and seems to be making lots of new friends. we are so thankful! besides school, he went through a pretty hard-core construction site phase, loves to read and draw and really took swimming this past summer. we can't believe how fast this kid is growing up.


the above mentioned construction-site obsession


a sample of his art work (from left to right: mommy, sammy, daddy, JJ and penny)


sammy and his best-buddy lucas yukking it up at his 3rd birthday party


dedicating our boys at community covenant church

we are so grateful for all of you. though we have not done a very good job of keeping in touch, we hope this short little update gives you a glimpse of what's been happening this past year. it's been a full, good year and though it's been super-busy, we are really excited for the coming year.

love,

mike, min, sammy and JJ





Hello Friends!

It's been an eventful summer and we are off to a very exciting start to the fall. The theme of this season is BIRTH!

First, Baby Han is coming any day now. Min is in her 37th week and all signs point to an early arrival. Looks like both Mommy and Baby are ready to get on with the show! We are not positive about a name yet but we have a few front-runners. :)

A lot of the logistical stuff is done, but from what we've heard, the jump from one kid to two is a pretty big one. We're bracing ourselves, but we're very aware of the reality that we have many, many people supporting us and are ready to provide help and relief. We are so grateful for our communities both near and far.


Secondly, after a summer of discernment, we have committed to planting a church here in Fairfax, VA. We have been meeting with a dedicated launch team and are growing more and more excited at the prospect of seeing this dream become a reality. Here are a few details:

1. VISION:  though it is still very early and we we don't even have a name yet there is a strong sense of why we are going forward with this church plant. Though there are many fine and healthy churches in the area, we know that many people, particularly Asian-Americans are falling through the cracks and church plants have the unique opportunity to reach both the un-churched and de-churched. Also, no name yet. :)

2. EVANGELICAL COVENANT CHURCH:  the denomination we are planting with is the ECC. I still have to go through the Church Planter's Assessment Center in March, but should we be approved then, we will be well on our way to seeing this church plant happen. If you are curious about who the ECC is, you can check out their web page here.

2.. RECRUITMENT:  Our primary goal is to take our launch team of 12 members to 30 by March 2015.

If you are local to Northern Virginia and are intrigued at being a part of this launch team, please don't hesitate to contact us. We'd love to let you know how you can get involved.

3. FUNDRAISING:  We also have to raise a certain amount of money to have a fair shot at getting this launch off the ground. If you're interested in contributing, there is an easy method available online. Just go to www.eastcoastconf.org/give and make sure to designate your giving to "DC/Virginia Church Planting"



We're excited but nervous. We realize that planting a church is no easy feat and neither is having two young children in our lives. We are totally stepping into this in faith. We have thought hard about this and looked at all the angles and consulted many people, but at the end of the day, it is still very much a leap of faith. Would you pray with and for us?

We are grateful for all of you who following along with us and pray for us!!

And now, what you've all been waiting for -- pictures of Sammy! Here are a few from this past fall:


Sammy's first day at Pre-School - it was rough at first but now he loves it!


A painfully cute and awkward school picture


At Cox Farms feeding the goats


A last minute emergency led to Sammy dressing up as a little lamb for Halloween


Sammy had the privilege of walking the flower girl down the aisle at a friend's wedding - he did surprisingly great!


we were thrilled to host sammy's cousin Lucas and his parents over the weekend. these two got along so well!