Welcome to the Park Press!

26 09 2007

After putting off our regular updates, we felt that this probably was the best way to share our adventures with our friends. We hope to update the blog on a weekly basis, Lord willing and my (Sung’s) obeying.

To start our first entry, let me tell you about our 4-day blackout experience just two weeks ago (12/7). Our two year stay here in Bartlesville, OK has been climatologically-speaking…quite extreme, ranging from extreme heat and drought to snow blast last year and this year with a whole lot of rain and thunderstorm including tornado siren going off in the middle of the night and to top it off, the ice storm. The ice storm knocked out all the powerlines and tree limbs sending over 300,000 people back to the day of pre-electricity. The odd thing was that our neighbors across the street and to the left had their power the whole time while we were freezing in cold and darkness. We were the “lucky” grid! But thanks to my well-prepared wife who had purchased a butane gas burner and plenty of butane gas cans beforehand, we were able to cook at home.  

After two days of buring firewood which didn’t warm anything up except the fireplace itself, we decided to ask to run an extension cable from our neighbor into our living room so that we can at least use the heat dish and the portable work light. That was a much needed reprieve. On the fourth day, after plenty of grumbling and desperate prayers, the power was finally restored on Nicole’s birthday (12/13). Our neighbors were kind enough to offer to cook breakfast for us and opened up their home during the blackout. We sure appreciated their midwestern hospitality.

The blackout was a small reminder of how blessed we are to have the conveniences of the modern civilization. But I also appreciated the coziness of gathering around a small fire, flickering candlelights that provided barely enough light for reading, and the warmth of the daylight…reminding me of our Lord who is the true Light and also the warmth the comes with the light.  




2 responses

26 09 2007
Mr WordPress

Hi, this is a comment.
To delete a comment, just log in, and view the posts’ comments, there you will have the option to edit or delete them.

15 02 2008

Hi, Sung, Nicole & boys,
Cool blog!
I can truly relate to your experiences w/harsh weather as well as midwestern neighborliness. While I’ve met helpful neighbors wherever I’ve lived(now East, West and Midwest), perhaps those neighbors in areas of extreme climates get more practice/opportunity and that makes them habitually friendly? I do believe that facing the elements as you have, does prompt us to more closely face our Creator and Lord, as well as our own vulnerabilities. Living in prosperity and nearly constant sunshine, as we do out here, tends to lull us into a false sense of self-sufficiency. SO, as you move back to the warm, comfy west, may you bring along w/you the closeness to God and the care for people that you experienced there in Bartlesville.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: