I’ve enjoyed the “ing” posts on some friends’ blogs, and I’ve recently been rather stuck on how to blog about my current emotions, things I’m learning, ways God is changing and growing me.  So I’m going to steal the “ing” post instead. Reading “Stormie” by Stormie Omartian — a great autobiographical book of her deliverance […]

Unplanned break

Been raining a lot lately — still summer here, but a little less humid, giving hope that fall is soon to come. So.. when you have an unexpected turn of emotions in your life, how do you blog about it?  Only six months in, I’m still in the ‘major transition’ phase of moving overseas.  My […]


.. 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 […]

Rainy afternoon

Our house is pretty dark — the clouds have gathered and its thundering outside (though still crazy humid).  Bryan is out with friends and Jones is napping, so I decided to bask in our air-conditioning, have a little toddy, and bake myself some cookies.  {We have a killer recipe that makes a TON of dough, […]


Earlier this week we took a day-tip (I think I should say HALF-day-trip) to Tamanakako — now THAT’s a tongue-twister. It’s one of the many tourist-y towns at the base of Mt. Fuji, higher in elevation, and thus MUCH cooler than our seaside area in Shizuoka. We met some friends for a special occasion at […]


After my lesson, Jones and I headed out on a bike for Ohama Pool — a FREE pool that’s open only one-and-a-half months of the three-month summer.  (Parking, however, is not free, which is why we took a 15-minute bike ride instead.)  We’re trying to get the most out of it, today was Jones’s introduction […]

A not-so-happy post

We’re barely getting by over here.  My 15-month-old is getting his final four teeth — the ones he’s not supposed to get until he’s 2.5 or 3 years old.  He’s always been an awful teether, starting at three months, his entire persona changing while he’s in the throes of it — he doesn’t want to […]