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27 12 2009

Hello all!

After almost 40 hours of travel time, including 4 airports, customs, transferring my luggage at every airport and making several new friends on the planes. I’m home.

For anyone keeping up with every detail of my travels, yes this happened on the 22nd. With all the Christmas craziness and fun stuff, I’m just letting you all know this.

Hope I get to see everyone while I’m home.

Blessings!!





Leaving in less than 24 hours

20 12 2009

I absolutely love how the Lord provides. This time, I was crunched for time. I had no idea how I was going to get everything finished to come home, yet I got everything on my to-do list done and then some.

Which is AMAZING! Because I leave my town in less than 24 hours to take the train to Sapporo, stay the night and then fly out for PORTLAND on Tuesday! I can’t wait for Christmas. So much so that I was going to burst if I didn’t watch A Christmas Story (which isn’t quite the same without Mandie sitting next to me).

So in honor of my favorite Christmas movie:

“I can’t put my arms down!”

“Oh Fudge!!!”

“You’ll shoot your eye out”

“He looks like a deranged Easter bunny . . . like a pink nightmare.”

“You used up all the glue ON PURPOSE!”

“Fra-gi-lee . . . must be Italian”

If anyone wants to join Mandie and I on our Christmas eve tradition of watching it, one of the cable channels always has it on for 24 (or maybe 12) hours straight before Christmas.

Merry Christmas!!!





December Goals

1 12 2009

So this evening I was reflecting on how fast November went and how I didn’t feel near as homesick as I had in October. What changed? I added a blog a day as a challenge and tried to keep up with my Japanese during that month. Two very big goals.

Possibly a little too big. I had a really hard time keeping up with both. The Japanese book was above my head and sometimes took more time than I had available in my usually free days. I know I stayed up way to late often because of trying to do so. On the other hand, I also felt less homesick which is huge.

I realized I need some new goals for December. In part to keep me focused on what the Lord has before me and in part just to push myself to grow. In thinking about the coming month and what is coming I’ve decided to stick with two goals:

Study Japanese everyday. I’ve seen great improvements in the last month and I want to continue to improve in December. Also, I want to have book 2 finished before I go home (right now I have a test and one section of a lesson left to do. Is this do-able? I’m not entirely sure, but I really want to be able to take book 3 home with me and work on it super leisurely.

Sleep enough. I don’t want to arrive home burnt out and barely rested. That would likely mean I would get sick too, which would be a terrible way to spend the holiday.

Study Japanese everyday and sleep enough. Can I do it? I hope so.