We took a trip to Palau to see where Ezra lived for 4.5 years when he was a kid. But it takes us around 3 hours to get to the airport, and our flight was mid-morning, so we stayed the night in Narita at an Air BnB. Staying in modern-traditional apartments via Air BnB has been a lot of fun.
Oh, Japan. 😉
We spent a few days doing more touristy stuff and a few days seeing Ezra’s old stomping grounds.
We later found out there was a much better road, but our drive to the northern part of Babeldaob was an adventure.
a friend of a friend in Palau gave me this to help with my bug bites (20+!).
Peace Memorial. It’s rather emotional to look at a memorial about a bloody battle between the US and Japan when we now live in Japan and the Japanese are so welcoming to Americans, and there is peace and friendship between us.
favorite recipes// naturally sweet sugar cookies // Mediterranean baked sweet potatoes (though not so great with Japanese sweet potatoes) // earl grey granola // blueberry ricotta shallot pizza // homemade cooked eggnog // chocolate pumpkin tart (the crust wasn’t good but the filling was like fudge!)
best of online// 7 Reasons to Celebrate Advent // creative conversations with your kids // The Best Place to Be // what to do in an active shooter situation // why to take fewer pictures // Spurgeon on Christmas // clips from the ABC movie // 10 Things Healthy People do Differently // how to protect your children in an active shooter situation // ISIS issues fatwa against down syndrome children // My Muslim Problem (don’t agree with all of his theology, but still a good read) // 11 Ways to Write Better // Worship Leader resolutions // gluttony // when Satan steals your motherhood
reading of late// Shepherding a Child’s Heart // Compassion Without Compromise // Openness Unhindered
what brings joy// warm weather // sunshine // beach baby // S dancing to this (Sleigh Ride in 7/8) // quiet days at home // restful vacation // the ocean // opportunities to share Christ with my Japanese friends // listening to Ezra preach // grace navigating new cultures – grace from others to us, and grace from God to allow us to be joyful when we take a long trip to IKEA and come back with no couches.
Miss Munchkin// tells us stories in her own little language now, loves to read books, make music, and eat food.
Also, I had the opportunity to record a bit of oboe for a family friend’s 25 Days of Christmas blog series. You can listen to it here.