Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Eve with Happy Tao

Padma and Matthew Strater welcomed the Happy Tao family to their home on Christmas Eve, and with the help of Philip and Hyo Jong, Ray/Jin Kwon, Hye Jong, and many others, created a warm, spiritually uplifting night of fellowship, learning, and celebration.

In one or two shots, Padma and I receive birthday greetings for her birthday on December 22, and mine on December 23.

Here are a few pictures. And don't forget, it is easy to download and keep pictures from any of the slide shows on this site. Click on the slide show to go automatically to the picture page where you can download pictures you'd like to keep).

God bless you all, Happy holidays

Sunday, December 23, 2007

55th Birthday

This birthday was a treat, My kids cooked a gourmet meal, and together with Hiroko made me a guest of honor in my own home. A special time.

Here are a couple of pictures:

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

President David S.C. Kim's 93rd Birthday, December 18, 2007

On December 18, 2007 approximately 25 friends and family gathered to celebrate the 93rd birthday of Unification Theological Seminary, President Emeritus, David Sang Cheol Kim.

This day, December 18 is the Lunar calendar reckoning of President Kim's birthday. Interestingly it is also the anniversary of Father's (Reverend Moon's) 1971 arrival in America (at Washington National airport), as well as the founding in Seoul of PWPA, and the maiden presentation of the Encyclopedia publication World and I.

To tie us to, and reverence the commemoration of Father's first time in America, Seiko Lee led all gathered in a chorus of God Bless America

We began the celebration with Family Pledge and prayer, followed by a brief discourse and guidance from President Kim. Together with an abundant meal, sharing, festivities, fun and a cake, there was much in the way of respect and spiritual awakening and encouragement. Robert Brooks (with the quiet aid of Philip McCracken) served as master of ceremonies. Prepared testimonies were offered by Robert Brooks, Dorothy Hill, and John Lowen.

President Kim was on hand together with his wife and 3rd son Young. He led the group gathered in a number of spiritual ceremonies, brief times of teaching throughout the afternoon, a round of "fortunes" with all gathered, and a time to give each one present his own gift to us.

David Kim continues to invest vigorously and enthusiastically with clear vision in the present dispensation for God's Kingdom under the leadership of Father and Mother (Reverend and Mrs. Moon) and their family.

Here are a small few pictures from this enjoyable time:

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Holiday at Sobul's

Philip and Hyo Jong hosted Happy Tao friends at their home last night. I was a little weak on taking pictures this time, but Ray (Jin Kwon) got a hold of my camera, so there's a bigger dose of my own silliness to be seen this time.

A lovely night of food, drink, reflection and conversation, a call with Sabonim toward the end of the night, and of course the Karaoke machine did its usual tour of duty.

Here are a few pictures:

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Tanja's birthday

I had a delightful experience Friday night. Tanja, my eldest was born to my Japanese wife and I on December 7, Pearl Harbor day. On Friday the young lass turned 20.

We have religious ceremonies for birthdays very early in the morning, but then the kids always have a couple of parties in addition to that.

The special part for me about the gathering in our home honoring Tanja Friday night was the phenomenal diversity of those on hand. Three or 4 generations gathered from 8 or 10 countries in all, and managed somehow to rock together for a few hours.

Much fun and a blessing indeed.

As always pictures could be better. Still here are a couple of pictures just to get an idea of our time together: