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Many thanks to Fawn at Triggershorse for her nomination of the Rose of Sharon site for the Lovely Blog Award. It makes me so happy to have this blog site named Lovely. ‘Lovely’ is a wonderful word. It’s great to be part of a network of bloggers who are so incredibly supportive of each other.

This is what Fawn said in her nomination of Rose of Sharon: With a heart for healing and exquisite photographs, she educates us about her adopted country of Korea

Here are the rules for participation for this award:


7 things about myself:

1. I’m a bit of a redneck. I just don’t do very well with Politically Correct stuff.

2. I’m a follower of Jesus. I believe he’s the Creator of all things and in Him all things hold together.

3. My favorite genres of music are rock and roll and country music. My favorite era for music is the 80s and I like anything I can dance to.

4. I grew up on a farm and rode horses.

That's me holding the horses

That’s me holding the horses

5. I figure skated throughout my growing up years.

4 years old - ice ballerina at the Summerland Ice Carnival

4 years old – ice ballerina at the Summerland Ice Carnival

6. I won the school speech contest when I was 12 years old. My topic was from the book Roots by Alex Haley

Roots by Alex Haley

Roots by Alex Haley

7. I love genealogy. I guess that’s why I enjoyed the story Roots so much.



I want to nominate Sue at Travel Tales of Life, but she’s already received this award. I think her blog is amazing. She writes engaging pieces on places all over the world. She and her husband Dave are real adventure seekers!

A beautiful life – the title says it all. This blog is written by women who have a heart for edifying others.

Lorrie Bowden – Blessitude – “I am so blessed and full of gratitude”. You will be blessed if you visit Lorrie’s blog.

soshi Love  – a fellow lover of Korea. Soshi’s blog is loaded with interesting stories about Korean culture.

Arlene at Gardens and Spaces – beautiful pictures of plants from Arlene’s garden. She tells you all about them and much more.

Aina at Lyrics, Sentiments and Me – this lovely site comes from Hawaii

Jan Joy  – this beautiful site is full of encouraging and inspirational scriptures

Natalie at Beauty Does – all about beauty

sf at untitled press on Korean stuffs – full of lovely stories and articles about Korea

Kitt O’Malley – an inspirational blog on living with bipolar disorder and being loved by God

Marigold at Versus Blurb – an exciting site on books and writing from an opinion minded, adventuresome woman

 Coley’s Locket – beautiful faith inspiring articles written by a lovely young woman

Meegan at Rosie Pepperoni – an awesome fashion blog

Korean Apartments

We live in Mangmi dong, Suyong-gu, Busan City, South Korea. Our apartment is situated on the Suyong River and when we look south out the window we can see the Pacific Ocean. Recently a new apartment complex is being built near ours. It’s called the Centum River SK View Apartments. A viewing center is set up across from our apartment and we took a few pictures to give you a look at the newest apartments being built in Korea.


Now for a review of the places we’ve lived since being here. First stop was Chung-li, Masan, South Korea:


Then we had a stint in Busan, Korea in 2003. We attended a Korean course and stayed in the Romance Motel. We lived here for 4 months. Yikes! No cooking facilities. Actually the people who owned this motel became like our older brother and sister (Oh Ba, Noona). We had another 7 months stint here in 2006 and 2 months in 2010.

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In 2005 we moved to Jang yu in Kimhae City. Here’s some pictures from there:


Last but not least is where we’re living now. We lived here for a year in 2007 and then returned in 2010.

Looks a bit different now. There has been a lot of changes around the neighbourhood with the addition of Costco a block away and Centum City across the river. Our home is a little more lived in now too:

There’s a little walk through our apartments in Korea.



A DIY life: Rose of Sharon / Hibiscus – Heres to your health

This is a great article on the Rose of Sharon. It’s actually of the Hibiscus family not the Rose family, and it has many healing qualities.

Natural Frugal: Raising 6 kids

A Rose by any other name might be a “Rose of Sharon

OK that’s just a play on words because a Rose of Sharon is really in the Hibiscus family & not the rose family. Because the Rose of Sharon is in the Hibiscus family itrose of sharon Collage also has the same healing benefits, nutritional benefits & health benefits as any other Hibiscus flower & plant. Rose of Sharon being the common name & Hibiscus syriacus being the scientific name.

So a Hibiscus by any other name might be a “Rose of Sharon”

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Do you have a Hibiscus or Rose of Sharon bush or 2 or 10 in your yard? Did you know these plants have great health benefits? And did you know they are easily preserved & prepared & have great uses fresh as well?

Rose of Sharon’s come in bright vibrant colors &…

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Welcome to ROSH blog


National Flower of South Korea

The Rose of Sharon

R.O.S.H. is an acronym for Rose of Sharon Healing. Originally, I called this blog Rose of Sharon Herbs, but I soon found I wanted to write and explore beyond just herbs. I study about all kinds of healing: spiritual, physical, emotional. Within the physical, I’m keen to learn about natural ways to heal the body, herbs being one of the ways. In addition, I’m interested in healing for the nations. I love learning about other countries. I’m particularly interested in those countries which are struggling for democracy and to look after their own people. I’m especially concerned for children in countries where they are being exploited in all kinds of ways.

Since I was 5 years old, if I was asked what I wanted to do when I grew up, I answered ‘I want to be a teacher’. In grade 3 I wrote my diary:

My Little Dairy (hehe)

Help mom in the morning

Help dad in the afternoon

Help everyone

That was my mantra: Help everyone. I remember having the neighbour kids over to help them with their homework. I so wanted to encourage them to get it done. They wanted to give up, but I made sure they didn’t. I had them trapped like rats and wouldn’t let them go until they had finished. I hoped they would feel more confidence after completing the task. I still enjoy the feeling of making a student do something they don’t want to do!

In 6th grade I read the book Go Ask Alice and another book about an inner city teacher and her experiences with children who were abused. These books fascinated me and it was an impressionable time of my development. I wanted to help children who struggled. I always said I wouldn’t have my own children since there were so many out there that didn’t have anyone to care for them already. This interest in children led me to the School of Child Care at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C. I didn’t go into education because I wanted to work with kids and their families who were having difficulty rather than being in a classroom all the time. At the end of my 4 years study at the School of Child Care we had a job fair. They asked where we saw ourselves working in the future. I chose International Child Care. Now here I am in Korea teaching children English. Before this I spent 12 years as a social worker in Penticton, B.C., part of the time as an adoption worker.

The Rose of Sharon is Korea’s National Flower, the Moo goong Hwa. Korea is a special country. The Korean people have overcome so much as a nation and fought through for their freedom. They continue to do so with half of their country still in bondage. They are leaders in healing national wounds. They now offer what they have to help other nations. I hope to write about Korea and how my life has been impacted by this country.

What you can expect to find here?

Stuff about:

  • health and natural healing.
  • Korea and our experiences here.
  • other nations who are struggling.
  • children who are being exploited.


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References for uses of the Rose of Sharon as an herb:


Rose of Sharon Acres – natural homemade body care products