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24 May

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Hello friends. It has been quiet some time since I have updated you all on my life. I am sorry that I haven’t been blogging as much. I guess you can say I kinda got out of the swing of it.

Life is busy here in Japan. I’m working a lot and that is good… keeps me busy and my mind off of things. I don’t have hours to sit around and think. I have been told that this is not good. But, with working so much, I haven’t been able to talk to you all as much.

What is going on in your life? Anything new and exciting? Got any great trips planned? You know me.. I love a good vacation to any corner of the Earth.

Speaking of vacations… I have been on two and I need to tell all about it, in another post.

I hope you all are doing well. Please, leave me a comment to tell me about your life and what is going on.

I miss you!!!


Wrap Up

2 Jan

2011 was a year I will never forget.

So much change, unexpectedness and growth in the Lord happened.

At the end of 2010, I decided that I would choose a word to live the year by. I chose the word, delight.

I picked this word from one of my favorite bible verses, Psalm 37:4

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

I didn’t know that when I picked that word that I would have my world literally rocked on March 11 when my life changed. Experiencing a 9.0 earthquake and seeing the damage from the tsunami had me in awe of the Lord. How the Lord spared my life and then used me to help with relief efforts and then take up a job at my school that I had previously quit from.

I didn’t know that I would have to choose to be delightful in those situations. Bring peace and speak with a calm voice when talking to my family.

Because I chose to delight myself in the Lord, he gave me one of the best jobs that I never could have imagined having. He gave me some of the best friends as well. Friends that know my heart and allow me to share my heart with them. Friends that make me scream laugh all day long. Friends that encourage me in my faith. Friends that will be friends for a lifetime.

I am so very thankful for 2011. I am sad to see it go because it was such a great yet very difficult year. It will be one that I will never forget.


Thanksgiving part 1

24 Nov

I want to write about Thanksgiving here in Japan.

This is going to have to be a two-part blog.

First, I want to talk about having Thanksgiving with my students. No, it wasn’t a massive meal of: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, or even cranberry sauce, it was curry.

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I had such a wonderful time spending Thanksgiving with my students.

Part 2 is about all of the American’s getting together for an EPIC Thanksgiving meal of 150 people! Stay tuned.


9 Nov

According to my lovely stats, this is my 200th post.


I honestly don’t have any idea what I have written about in 200 posts. I hope that people have come to this corner of the web and have read my heart. My heart for Jesus, for loving people, and for the Japanese. I’m sure I have rambled on and on about wanting to get married, my life in Japan, my crazy adventures around the world, and my cute students.

The only thing that I wish I could share with you all is how much I love to laugh. I seriously love it. I love laughing with people and at myself. I find a lot of things funny. I love people that make me laugh. I love animals that make me laugh. I love that the Lord makes me laugh.

One of my friends told me this year that the best way to describe my laugh would be “scream laughing”. He is right. When I laugh…. I slightly scream but I am laughing. It is loud. It can be slightly annoying. And it is a true cackle.

What is something that you love to laugh about? Do you have a video or story to tell me to make me laugh? Please share.

Keep on laughin’ friends.

Potato Roast

6 Nov

Here in Japan, they have a fall festival at school. They roast sweet potatoes.


Here are some pictures to show you what we did.

Momiji Class lined up to watch the roasting.

Nara class lined up to watch the roasting.

Fuji class lined up to watch the roasting.

Getting the fire started. I thought that my glasses were going to melt off of my face.

The older kids throwing their potatoes into the fire.

Potatoes getting ready to roast. We covered these up with about 12 more layers of straw. It was insane.

Then after the potatoes were done, we had to dig them out of the fire. Here is my lovely friend and coworker, Carrie, holding up some of the potatoes.

Getting ready to eat my potato. Please observe how black my hands are as well. I even had gloves on.

Then after it was all finished, we had to water the fire. My friend Joshua, is doing just that.

This was a fun event and very Japanese. Just something to show what we do here in Japan for Fall.

I still miss carving pumpkins and all things pumpkin flavored as well.

Uni= Not Yummy

16 Oct

A couple of weeks ago my friends and I went out for sushi after church. We actually wanted some Indian food but the restaurant had just closed for their lunch break, so we ended up eating sushi. Yes, sushi was not my first choice. Gasp.

Well the girls and I sat down and thankfully Hannah is fluent in Japanese/ is half Japanese, and was able to write our order out. If it would have been the three amigas… we would have done LOTS of miming. Which, I’m sure would have made the adventure that more adventurous.

Anyway… we decided that we all needed to eat some uni, or in English sea urchin, and I don’t know what we were thinking… but that stuff… holy puke balls. N.A.S.T.Y!

I, of course, had Christina document me eating uni. I haven’t decided if it is the texture, smell or taste that made me not want to eat it ever again, but at least I tried it.

Be prepared to be disgusted and laugh all at the same time.

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Oh the things that I do for a fun blog post. :]


30 Sep

This week has been nothing less than amazing.

My heart is so full of joy.

A type of joy that only comes from our Father.

This week, I have been showered with so much love and encouragement from all over. From friends here in Japan to friends back in America to friends in different parts of Africa.

I have been challenged by my friends to dig deeper into the word of God to understand what the scriptures really mean. I have been told by friends that the Lord is going to be doing something amazing in my life in the next month. I have spent time with wonderful friends who really care about my heart. I have cried with friends over Skype about the amazing things that the Lord is doing in our lives. I have laughed more than I have in a really long time. I have grieved because an amazing friend went home to be with Jesus. I have cried, literally, out to the Lord to let him know my hearts desires and that they would be not of my own flesh but a desire that He has placed in me.

This week has been a week of joy. Some people will think that these things aren’t all that you would be joyful over.

But, I am.

I am joyful and thankful that the Lord has placed these things in my life.

He is growing me.

He is molding me.

He is loving on me.

He is giving me joy.

How has your week been?

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