2 years ago today

17 April 2009

we moved to Japan!
we got in a plane on the morning of april 16 and landed in japan the evening of april 17, 2007. it was the craziest traveling we've ever done (besides my space a flight to california about six months after that).

we left from virginia, i actually threw up on our first flight that was only like 30 minutes long - to wash/dulles - because we had such bad turbulence we circled around for 30 extra minutes! i have never thrown up on a plane before that or since that! we barely made our connecting flight to tokyo because of that delay, so that was stressful. we got to the flight to find out our seats were'nt together, so had to sweet talk them into moving someone else so we could be next to each other during the 14 hour flight... we got to tokyo and had a short layover, then made it to fukuoka which is where we thought we were staying for the night only to discover we had another 2 hour bus ride to sasebo! and this was at 10:30 at night and we almost missed that too! then we got on the bus and found out our hotel reservation for the lodge on base wasn't starting until next week cause they had the dates mixed up! so at 1am we had to treck into town and find a hotel. we grabbed a few hours of sleep before having to get up by 6 to get ben to the ship to check in, dragging all our luggage with us. talk about an adventure!! :) haha.

here's a picture of us from that first week in japan:

in some ways it feels like we've been here longer than 2 years, but in other ways it's hard to believe it's been 2 years. we sure have gone through a lot since then, and done a lot of learning and growing and loving. you just never know what God has in store for you!

speaking of -- we are praying about the future and what God's plan is for us, if you would do the same we would appreciate it so much. we'll update on that when we know something more definite. :)

thanks friends!

ps: my mom and dad made it home safely on monday night, and are recovering :)


Charissa said...

haha... wow. I forgot all of the crazy details of your first night in Japan. It's funny now....(at least I hope it is!) but at the time it wasn't so funny, I'm sure. I would have cried. haha. You're a trooper! What a wild ride these last couple years have been. You are right...our itinerary is rarely ever the same as God's. We never would have expected life to be like this right now. It's awesome though. Awesome, and tough. I'm proud of you for leaning on the Lord and surrendering to Him in those times when you just don't think you can do it anymore and wonder HOW you're going to make it. You can. In His strength. I am praying for you always. Wish I could actually pray WITH you in person....but just know that I'm praying, and I love you.

You're amazing.

kiwi said...

has it really been that long? wow...y'all are in my prayers!

Charity said...

Wow, I don't think I ever even heard that whole story of your first trip over there!
Hard to believe that you've been there 2 years. I've been so encouraged by seeing your faith and trust in the Lord grow through this experience..I know it hasn't been easy.
Love you.

Jessie said...

Wow what an adventure. I am glad it is winding down and you guys might me closer to us soon ;)
Love you guys, hope you have a great day!