by Maria Eunhea Lee-An
Father’s Day, on June 15, provided us with a graceful opportunity to gather for a picnic and some quality time among friends at the ICCC. Maria Eunhea, whose family joined us for the event, so describes it:
“When I received an e-mail with Heart’s Home Family Day’s invitation, we just decided to go without hesitating. It was our first time visiting the International Center for a Culture of compassion. When we arrived at the place, Fr. Alexander welcomed us, together with Sr. Diana, Alexandra and Cecile from Heart’s Home.
The place was picturesque. There was enough wide green lawn to play baseball, soccer, or to simply relax. There were wild flowers like buttercups, thistles, and of course clovers. The trampoline was tempting all our kids to jump on it, but they all manage to get a hold of themselves to join in for Mass first. The chapel was lovely, cozy and filled with wonderful scent of cedar. All of our families sang hymns with Sr. Diana’s lead, her clear voice echoing in the chapel.
We had a delicious potluck lunch, followed by a tour of the house with its beautiful artworks and its serenity. After that, we all headed to the lake nearby for a canoe ride. The weather was calm: a perfect day for canoeing. The trees reflected on the surface of the lake while some dragonflies surrounded us.
After the 15 minute hike back, we all had a snack with homemade muffins and coffee. Time flies in there. It was a wonderful time shared with all the families and the nice people we met. The day cleared away some struggling and refreshed me as a mom and an artist. It really inspired me.
Thank you for the wonderful family day!”