Kim Family LifeLife adventuring with a family of six.
From Minnesota to Hawaii to South Korea
Lym and I met in college – a small liberal arts school in St. Paul, Minnesota. A few years later we graduated, tried to find decent jobs, got married, bought a house and were raising one, two, and then three Kimlets when we got this itch to move out of Minnesota and closer to our families. That took some time to decide – I’m originally from Hawaii and Lym’s from South Korea, so it’s not just few-hour drive to another state. Well, long-story-short, we moved to Hawaii in the spring 2013 and dove right into school activities, (having a baby), dance classes, gymnastics, (working full-time), and soccer, soccer, and more soccer! While we originally thought to stay in Hawaii for three to five years and then move to Korea – it took us almost SEVEN years to make the jump overseas.
We just moved to Cheonan (about 90 minutes from Seoul) in January 2020. We spent the first month working to register as resident aliens, sign the Kimlets up for school, and figure out how to expand our online income (mostly affiliate and SEO-related) into something bigger and sustainable. To make things extra exciting, we also moved right before the Coronavirus hit Korea hard (we didn’t know!) and have almost zero Korean language skills (except Lym – he’s fluent!). We’re hoping that by staying here a few years we’ll learn Korean, spend time with Lym’s family and flex our entrepreneurial muscles.
Thank you, friends and family, for all of your support and for watching us in the next phase of our Kim Family journey. Here we go!
The Time of Our Lives
“Lots of people wait around ‘for the right time.’ People don’t know that there is no such thing as the ‘right time.’ Time is never right nor wrong. The only negative factor of time is that you can lose it and the only positive factor of time is that you can seize it.” – C. JoyBell C.
Stay tuned for additional updates and family stories! Thank you!
***Please note: That this is the process that we went through but it might be different depending on the type of visa, the reason you’re in Korea, etc.*** Here was our process: BACKGROUND: In a nutshell, Lym and I are both US citizens - Lym was born as a dual citizen...
Top Left Clockwise: Sunghoon getting cozy on the couch in our new apartment, Faith looking for house supplies, our first family picture at the new house, looking for padded mats (a must for Korean apartments to muffle to noise from stomping kids 😳, Faith with our new...
So, about a week and a half ago was American Thanksgiving. Originally, we really weren't planning on doing much since it's an American holiday and we're in Korea – in fact, I don’t think the kids even knew it was Thanksgiving in the States until we mentioned...