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Month February 2014

2 Days to Breathe


We’re getting 2 snow days (no classes)! And that’s huge for North Carolina. The whole place stopped or slowed down considerably about 2 weeks ago when we got about 1 inch of snow. These next 2 days are going to be interesting.

We also have a chance to breathe, catch up, and update you on our lives. We’re nearing the end of our 4 week training. It’s been amazing. Four weeks don’t seem long enough, yet the amount of information, biblical truth, wisdom, and practical things that have been taught has been invaluable. We can get more into those details later. But for right now, since there are nothing quite like bullet points, here are some of the happenings in this lives of our kids from the past few weeks:

  • The kids are doing really well in their classes. Tamia has learned the Spanish version of “God Is So Good”. J has learned the version of every language known to man and known only to him for that song. You can just imagine.
  • J has been in heaven here. He is in class with kids around his age, riding bikes, building forts, and living a great life with every inch of space an 8-year-old can wish for in his backyard. This place is pretty remote. He’s enjoying every moment of seeing greenery before we move to the largely concrete world of Tokyo.
  • Kaiya has adjusted so well. Probably the best. She is saying “what the heck” less often too. This is a huge parenting moment for us. She is giving out hugs to strangers, welcoming many new people into out home, and killing ladybugs with her bare hands. She has been very busy with the others drawing pictures and making lots of things that look like origami gone wrong – but super precious to her.
  • Tamia is so helpful around here. She’s concerned with making sure she translates what Peter says into English for us (although we can understand him pretty well), loves helping me with the dishes, and soon will be given bigger jobs – like preparing dinner for our guests, cleaning the house, and taking the trash out. You know I’m not serious.
  • Peter runs around with his hood on, hands in pockets, and tattoos (scribbled with permanent marker) on his arms. He continues to master high pitch screams when he is smothered by his sisters. He is passionate about entertaining everyone, and this is always funny. He brings so much joy to us.

We know this is only the beginning part of the many changes that we will be experiencing as a family. God has helped each one of the kids, including us, with a different living situation, schedule, and group of people in our lives. Each one of these has been a blessing.

Cross-Cultural Training in NC

It’s been a while since we’ve posted here or sent out a prayer update… Why? Because we packed our van…

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and drove down to Union Mills, NC to attend a 4-week cross-cultural training at…

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CIT (Center for Intercultural Training). We moved into this…


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2-bedroom apartment. Kids really enjoy the spacious campus, equipped with…


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a playground, a game room, bikes, and a lot of room to run around.

We are in class from 8:30am-3:30pm M-F, and have a bunch of homework assignments each week. We really enjoy getting to know the other participants and fellow missionaries who will be going to different countries (India, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Tajikistan, Germany, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, the UK). So encouraging to hear so many unique stories of how God has led them to this place.

We are in the second week of the program and already benefiting tremendously from the training we’re receiving from experienced missionaries. We’d love to share more about our experience in the coming days…