it’s only 11 am, and we’ve already had all the makings of a bad day around here.  daddy’s sick with a fever and confined to bed.  mama is “pregnant+summer heat+there’s so much to do+my new iron supplement isn’t here yet” tired.  little boy is over his cold and wilder than ever. we’ve had a canceled […]


…for plane tickets home.  and for the assurance that God will provide me with all I need to handle whatever is waiting for me when we land, emotions and people and all. …for music and the way it can freshen my perspective and make me feel so glad to know Jesus, no matter who writes […]


Recent tidbits from the life of my little man: He calls berries “Mmm mmm’s” — because we were once reading a book, and I pointed to the strawberries and said, “You like strawberries, don’t you?  Strawberries are tasty, mmm mmm!”  From thence forth, he used that new name, but recently, he’s been asking for blueberries […]

“Hima Doyoubi”

.. roughly translated as “lazy Saturday”.  We’re just chillin’ over here.  Our friend Chris is visiting, we slept in till 8 (ALL OF US! Yay Jones!), made coffee and pancakes, and now J and I are watching some VeggieTales online.  That’s the “cheese” face he’s always making these days, just to humor us so he […]


.. or ‘summer break’ — our vacation time has started! It’s so strange for me to think that for ya’ll at home, summer is finishing. We have two-and-a-half blissful weeks without lessons. My brain is pooped.. Bryan just left (10pm) to drive out to the Minami Alps to meet some friends from Tokyo for a […]