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.


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!

hi friends.

it's been a really long time. part of the reason for that is because so many things were up in the air. well, many things remain up in the air, but we feel like now would be a good time to bring people up to speed.

first of all, Sammy's going to be a big brother! min has a bun in the oven and we should be expecting a little one around December 1st!

second, Sammy just turned 2! we got to celebrate his birthday in Edmonton with his grandparents, aunts and uncles. he's really turning into a super fun little boy and as anyone who's been around him knows, right now it's all about the ABCs. 

third, we are starting a little experiment this summer where we're going to gather some friends and discern together if God is inviting us to potentially church plant here in Northern Virginia. anyone who's church planted knows it is not an easy road, so we want to take our time discerning with our community and interested individuals. 

you can follow along at our blog: thirteensundays.tumblr.com

min continues to enjoy her work and though thrilled to be pregnant is not particularly enjoying the symptoms. first trimester was rough so hopefully second one is better. 

I'm still taking courses for the evangelical covenant church's orientation. next week takes me back to Chicago for a week long course. I'm loving being a stay-at-home dad and am grateful for friends and family who allow me to do my dad thing but also get away to study and meet up with people. 

well, that's a short little update covering a pretty long span of time. we'll try to be more consistent with the updated, especially now that things are a little more settled. thanks for reading, friends!

sammy on his second lollipop after getting his hair cut and styled 

sammy and cousin lucas

chillin' on his motorcycle