Monday, January 15, 2018

Ringing in a New Year!

Yay for New Beginnings and Fresh Starts!

Kacie left Japan with many sweet good-byes.
She's getting adjusted to college life and seems ready for this new adventure.

Feeding lunch to our mission leaders.  Thank goodness for Costco pizza!

This is our ward's New Year's Party--making mochi.
It's fun to experience these new traditions--pounding rice into a dough.

Yes, Happy New Year to All.

We are so grateful to be serving and sharing God's Plan of Happiness with the people of Hokkaido.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Meri Kurisumasu!

It's been awhile, but here are some pictures to catch-up.

 Santa is one of our missionaries

"Pie-ing" is a tradition in our mission--a loving farewell to a missionary who is going home.
This one was unique because there were 5 in one zone.

He's my hero!

The highlight of the Christmas season was having our whole mission come together.
It was a heavenly time!

A fun Christmas gift!

 A kind church member gave this special cake to Kacie as a good-bye gift.
She leaves on the 28th to head for home and then BYU-I!

We feel very blessed--for health, for loving family & friends,
for the gracious Japanese people who are so good to us
and especially for a Savior who wants to help us every step of the way.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a joyful 2018!!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Kiseki! ("A Miracle")

We had a different Thanksgiving, but it involved a miracle. About two days before, we decided to try and see if Kacie could go to BYU Idaho in January. The closest place to take the GED test was Tokyo. On Thanksgiving Day she flew to Tokyo by herself, and took the test the next day.
She passed!! 
Things just clicked into place and she has officially been accepted to BYU-I.  We count this a great blessing and acknowledge the Hand of the Lord in helping it to come about.

Thankful for FaceTime!!

And walks around the temple grounds!
(We've had some snow, but it hasn't been bad yet.)

A fun FHE activity.  Can you tell which Book of Mormon story is being acted out??

Were you right?
We, like Lehi, are on a journey and we're loving it.

We express our love and thankfulness for family and dear friends. 
May your Christmas Season by Full of Joy!

This is the opening video for the Light the World initiative. 
There are also 25 mini videos to watch leading up to Christmas Day.
They will add meaning to your holiday season!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Heart and Seoul

This past week was really different.  We went to Seoul, Korea for a Mission President's Seminar.
It was wonderful in every way!

It did our heart and soul good!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Mission is Like a Mini-Life

They say that a mission is symbolic of life and we experienced some big milestones this week.
Coming into the mission is like a birth.  There were 16, plus a bonus--a returning elder.

They are partnered with a trainer--a dad or mom figure that shows them the way.

This is my favorite part--a totally sweet time when I'm always impressed with the inspiration that was received to pair the two together. 

As with life, there is lots of teaching and training.  

And of course, food!  LOTS of food!

The missionary learns, grows, becomes a trainer (generation upon generation), grows wiser and finally returns home (dies).

We had 10 deaths.  Yes, it was sad!  But also very wonderful to see what they had become.
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant(s)."

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Life is "AWE"-Full Busy

It was an awfully busy week of traveling, interviewing and zone conferences!

We had our first snow, but the beautiful fall weather continues.
This is the path that Kacie walks to the subway every school day.
There are so many beautiful places here.  It's truly awe-inspiring.

An evening walk.  Yes, it's pretty "awe"-some to live on the temple grounds!

Aw, how Kacie loves Halloween!

We had to come check out this awfully strange Lord of the Rings type landmark.
We found out that it was created to celebrate Sapporo's 100th birthday.

It really has been a crazy busy week with little let-up in sight.  Sometimes I just have to think, "All I have to do right now is ______________" to not get too overwhelmed.
But also it is the most AWE-some experience ever that I can't believe that I get to be a part of--
Truly full of awe in every way!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Autumn is Awesome!

It's really beautiful here right now!

We're loving every minute of it, knowing that snow is soon to come.

Preparation Day--Hiking Mt. Moiwa

We enjoyed visiting with our good friend Elder Yamashita

It's so pretty!  I wish I liked fish.

Yes, we really do work. 
We are in the midst of zone conferences and tomorrow we start the next round of 100+ interviews.

Our tallest Elders with our shortest Sister.  Yes!  She is standing.

Fall is our favorite time of year!

Ringing in a New Year!

Yay for New Beginnings and Fresh Starts! Kacie left Japan with many sweet good-byes. She's getting adjusted to college li...