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Monday
Oct172011

[FAMILY] HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

For those who have been following me over at SHIM & SONS know that our family spent a year living overseas in Busan, South Korea. I was really unsure what to expect since I had only been to Korea once when I was 3.5 years old. But it turned out to be an amazing year and filled with so many wonderful memories. As soon as we returned back to the States we were longing to be back in Busan. Although we were able to go back to visit our friends and enjoy our old stomping grounds last March, Appah and I continued dreaming about moving back to Busan while the boys are still young. And guess what? Our DREAM is coming TRUE!! In two months The Shim Family will be settling in to our new home in Haeundae Beach, Busan. I am beyond thrilled and feel so blessed to have been given a second opportunity to live in our favorite city. And I'm happy to finally be able to share it with all of you. This move is long term so we are clearing out the house and only bringing the essentials (hence all the major purging going around Casa Shim the past month). The boys are excited but also sad to leave their friends. Although once we told them we are living on the beach their eyes lit up (apparently you can't beat the beach as your front yard). The reality of our move finally kicked in once we received confirmation from the international school the boys will be attending and now I am madly creating spreadsheets of everything that needs to happen between now and our departure. One thing I regret about the last time we lived in Busan is not taking more photographs and documenting our lives there. This time around I am not going to make the same mistake. I'll definitely continue sharing my favorite eats, shops and design goods but from my new home base in Busan, South Korea. 

Reader Comments (46)

congrats on coming home! yes, please take more photos of your life in busan once you're there. ;-)

10.17.2011 | Unregistered Commenterangie

LISA // Thank you! Cannot wait to share our adventures in Korea with everyone!

YVONNE // Thanks, Yvonne! And when are we going to ever meet in real life? Maybe we need to meet mid-way? :)

STEPHANIE // Thanks!!

CHRISTINE // 10 years ago I would never have imagined moving overseas but look at me now (and for the 2nd time)! Never say never! :)

JILL // Thank you, Jill! Very excited about our new adventure. And doesn't hurt to live in the same city as Muji and Uniqlo! :)

AMY H // Thanks, Amy!!

JEN // Thank you!

AMISHA // Thank you so much, Amisha!! :)

CONNIE // Thanks! Can't wait to share!

LAUREN // Thanks, Lauren! Glad I can still feel connected with everyone via blogs + twitter! :)

ANNA // Thank you, Anna! Was so excited to finally share with you all!!

BEKKA // YES!! Come visit!!

CHANTALE // Thank you. I think we all find a way back to our "roots" and wanting to have that connection. This is something really important to us, too!

SUNNY // Thank you!

TRINE // How exciting! Looks like I just missed you in Busan! Maybe our paths will cross there one day.

RENA // Thanks, Rena! Come visit us!!

MYRA // We're excited! If you're up in Portland before mid-December let me know! Would love to see you before we move!

ALYSON // Thank you, Alyson!!

JOOHYON // I think the spelling changed in 2000 although people still use both! We're moving because of work and feel blessed to be able to raise our boys there!

10.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

ANGIE // Thanks, Angie! Will do!

10.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

So happy for your family. Even though we've yet to meet (hopefully we'll change that soon) I'll be sad we aren't sharing the same coast - but that's me being selfish. I can't wait to see your life unfold in Korea. Congratulations!

10.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh, Sally, congratulations to you and your family. Enjoy this next leg of your journey. Can't wait to follow along and read about your adventures.
Best Wishes...

10.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

How wonderful for you! I follow you here now and again and enjoyed your posts from your time there before. It is always good to go 'home' again - that exists in our hearts. Safe and happy travels!

10.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSigrid

Wow! That's exciting news for you and your family. Looking forward to reading about your adventures in S Korea.

BTW, I was introduced to your blog by our mutual Angolan friend :)

10.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

very exciting...congratulations on your next adventure!

10.17.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

What exciting news! I wish you all happiness in your favorite place, and look forward to your blog posts about life there!

10.17.2011 | Unregistered Commenter{gemmifer}

ASHLEY // Thanks, Ashley! All the more reason for you to come to Portland soon so we can meet! :)

THERESA // Thank you so much!

SIGRID // Thank you! It definitely feels wonderful to be going back "home".

HELEN // Thanks, Helen! Please give GL a big hug from me next time you see her. She is a dear friend!!

JOYCE // Thanks, Joyce!!

GEMMIFER // Thank you!!

10.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

That's wonderful! Will look forward to hearing more adventures and ideas from you for the other side of the world!

10.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPetiteCasabel

I have never visited Korea but am dying to!!! Maybe one day if I do, we can meet for coffee? :) Don't think I will bring my little boy though. Hehe... I can't wait to see more photos of Korea through your blog! Thank you!!

10.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJo

new reader and lover of this place. I'm so excited for you!

10.18.2011 | Unregistered Commenterner

PETITE CASABEL // Looking forward to sharing with you all!

JO // Thanks! Hope you get a chance to visit one day. It is a beautiful country!

NER // Thanks for visiting! :)

10.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

So excited for you and your family. I am new to your blog. Love it. What brings you to Korea? Best of luck!

10.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoo

my hubby worked for nike korea for 3 years before we moved to shanghai. loved korea, and miss it very much. like it here in shanghai, but not as much as busan. best wishes.

10.19.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjane

ssssally!Is that true?
I am so excited to hear that!!
Enjoy your resy of stay in Oregon and
looking forward to seeing you here in Busan!

10.19.2011 | Unregistered Commentersayaka

JOO // Thanks! We're moving because of my husband's work.

JANE // How fun! Busan is really a special city...I love it! We have really good friends in Shanghai so we hope to visit next year!

SAYAKA // Hi Sayaka!! YES!! I've been meaning to email you! Please let Maya know...Jeremiah is looking forward to reuniting with his friends at school! I'll email you soon!

10.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

Good luck, Sally!

10.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterjustJENN

congratulations to you + yours, sally. wishing you a smooth transition, safe travels, and endless new wonderful memories in Busan. xoxo

10.21.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer

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