About me

My name is Jisun.  I’m Korean (the kimchi).  My job is to keep the kids alive and make sure the house doesn’t burn down (I have, unfortunately come very close to failing on the latter).  I have a background in social services and professional cooking (I know, what is wrong with me?).

I’m married to the Latke.  He works his butt off to keep us all clothed, is an amazing father, and is hands down the best person I’ve ever met in this world.  He likes building stuff, making the kids laugh so hard they pee their pants, and any kind of noodle dish.

We have three four kids (the spicy taters).   Mouse is 6 years old, going on 30.  She is turning into a real philosopher, and has the kindest heart in the family.   Chipmunk is almost 4 years old.  She is mostly concerned with copying her big sister, preventing any of her big sister’s goals from coming to fruition and misbehaving with such panache that it is hard to really be mad at her.   The Little Pirate is 2 years old.  He’s added some surprises to our lives.  Surprise pregnancy.  Surprise Down Syndrome.  Currently, he’s devoting himself fully to being a toddler.  And, if it weren’t enough to have one surprise baby, we figured, why not have another?  Sparrow just joined us, and she’s turning out to be all smiles and snuggles.  I’m trying to soak that in, because I know it won’t be long until all four are blaming me for all their issues and demanding I foot their therapy bills.  All the spicy taters have been born at home, on purpose.

We are just a regular old family, raising children all along nature’s continuum.


36 Comments on “About me”

  1. Lisa says:

    Love, love, love that your kids were all born at home! As you know from my blog, my last three were all born at home. It’s a beautiful thing :)

    Congrats, again, on your baby, Jisun. He WILL surprise you.

  2. Hi jisun. Thank you for dropping by my blog. You have 3 lovely children and you are an amazing mum. I read your most recent blog post about contemplating unschooling. I was at that stage before and I’ve tried different styles of homeschooling before deciding unschooling is best for us now. Well whatever your decision, I hope it works out for your family. X

  3. Miriam says:

    You have a lovely blog. I’m enjoying your writing very much :-)

  4. Jolene says:

    I read this and immediately liked you very much. (My Eline was born at home. Yay for home births!) Thanks for stopping by my blog. I plan to add a link to yours, as this is excellent reading. Please keep writing! I have this dream that enough of us tell our stories compellingly and truthfully that more and more people see past genetics to the things that make our kids and families so much more alike than different.

    • jisun says:

      Yes! This is my hope as well. The community is so diverse, if we all told our stories, the result would be a bunch of families with the same struggles, the same dreams, the same desires for happiness. Just like everyone else. (And yay for home birth!!! I love meeting other home birthers!)

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    • jisun says:

      I’m not sure I agree with you on this. There are lots of examples of poor parenting, I don’t think having a child with a disability changes that. But, more importantly, I don’t think I could know what God thinks or plans. I don’t think it is quite like that. I’m just trying to do my best. :)

  6. I have enjoyed reading your blog!! I have awarded you the Liebster Blog Award
    http://therainbowpants.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/i-won-a-liebster-blog-award-2013/
    Sending you warmest regards,
    Kelly

  7. Emily says:

    I am grateful to have come across this post today.

  8. ninamishkin says:

    Hi, Kimchi Latkes! Congratulations! You’ve just been nominated for The Shauny Award for Excellence in Blogging! (Yes, there really is such a thing.) Alas, no honor comes without its obligations. See today’s post, December 9, in “The Getting Old Blog” (www.ninamishkin.com) for instructions on what to do next. :)

  9. Diana says:

    Hi, I nominated you for a Dragon’s Loyalty Award! Thanks for checking out and keeping up with the Monster! http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/dragons-loyalty-award/

  10. Andrea Dunning says:

    I have a very vivid memory of the first time I read your blog. I stumbled upon a year ago when I was first searching out the Ds community. It was when Gavin was just under a month old and was sent home just nine days after OHS. I too had previously homebirthed (on purpose), but shudder at the thought of how dreadful it could have turned out if we had homebirthed Super G. All of his congenital heart defects were missed at his 20 wk. ultrasound and he presented in heart failure needing the NICU staff to save his life.

    Anywho, G had an NG tube and had to be fed every three hours, which meant I hung out on the internet all through the night while the tube drained painfully slow into his teeny gut. But during those lonely hours I found you and many others. Thanks for sharing. Your candid sense of humor blesses my socks off. Blessings!

  11. Andrea Dunning says:

    Oh, but I really just meant to say, my two homebirths were mountain top moments — absolutely the most amazing experience of motherhood. My two other natural childbirths – one being Super G’s vbac at age 43 following two emergency C’s – were a close second. :)

    • jisun says:

      It is like being on a mountaintop isn’t it? It seems just right that G was in the hospital–like fate had arranged for the right place. :)

  12. sparrow says:

    Hi. Happy New Year! I just nominated you for a blog award. You can get details here:
    http://spacemonkeytwins.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/i-just-got-my-first-blog-award/

  13. Diana says:

    Hello, fellow blogger! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. See here: http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/versatile-blogger-award/

  14. laceystiles says:

    You’re a home birther too. I think we are soul sisters. Ari was born at a midwifery center, but Violet was born at home. :)

  15. Vanita Swart says:

    Hi,

    Do you live in Korea? I had a baby 3 months ago and think he has Down syndrome. I have a similar approach to you, I do not want 1 million tests done on my boy. He is who he is, the extra chromosome will not define him.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Take good care,
    Vanita

    • jisun says:

      Hi Vanita! No I don’t live in Korea, but I was born there. I live in California now. Are you in Korea? Do you want to email me? I’d love to help if I can. I absolutely understand not wanting to have a million tests done on your baby, I felt very much the same way. kimchilatkes [at] gmail [dot] com

  16. Just found your blog randomly. Glad to meet a fellow mommy blogger! 4 kids? You must have your hands full. I hope we can connect! http://www.mommy-diary.com


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