Friday, February 25, 2011

Weekly Recap

I sat down to begin copying the blog to mail to Dad and Mom G and realized there is not a thing on here that isn't about food, health, or school.  I guess that sums up my life this week, but I usually don't send large amounts of that sort of post to family. So, what else have we been doing?  Usually, when I've not posted any "real update" for a week, I can check my camera and find out what we've been up to.......

Hmmmm......what could this mean? ::snort:: 
My friend, Tina, did the turn and burn trip to Osan last week. You fly out Monday a.m., shop in Korea that afternoon and fly back to Japan on Tuesday. She bought this purse which is JUST what I  have been looking for. Anyone know where I can buy this near Osan or Yongsan? I figure I'll take the photo when I spend a week in Korea and show it around the shops. LOL 

This photo also reminds me that Tina has been graciously helping me all week with retreat stuff. Yep, local retreat stuff has filled my days.  We've got a great team and all are getting set up to keep working as I travel this month. Our retreat is the end of April. Tina is the chapel funds' accountant and I've been spending money all week. ::snort:: 

Monday night the kids had human video practice and youth. I didn't have Bible study. I WAS blessed when a 20 year old gal stopped by to visit with me. She came back Tuesday a.m. for Bible study. I love it.  I spent this time visiting with Chelsea and putting together a display board for the PWOC Spring Retreat. 

Jared has had 2 a day practices all week. He found out last night he's made the Edgren soccer team. No, he's never played soccer before but he's FAST and he's been working since his ankle healed to make it on to the soccer team. When he had to quit football he told the therapist his goal was for it to heal and strengthen in time for soccer. Goal met.  Jared's first practice of the day has been 0600 - we leave our home at 0520. I head to the gym. This has been GREAT for me.  The roads were clear all week. It's snowing today...and I'm glad that I won't HAVE to go in in the early mornings next week. I'll workout at home and let him ride in to do school and go to practice with Mike. 

We've spent a bit of time trying to find size 13 indoor soccer shoes in the Misawa area.  Coach was going to order Jared a pair when he ordered the team jerseys but that company doesn't sell size 13 either. Evidently, tall boys only play basketball? SO.....we're still looking. He DID find outdoor soccer cleats.  Guess he can't play the indoor games. ::snort:: 

Tuesday we welcomed a darling baby to the Misawa Family. I won't post a photo as I've not asked his Mommy and local folks are going to love little Ricky U the 3rd. 

Arielle and a couple of her friends have been blessed to be mentored by a local young woman. They meet every Wed and encourage each other while they study about going deeper in their Christian walk. I love it. No, I don't attend and no this isn't actually a photo of their small group. 

Akikosan came on Thursday. I fear I'm hopeless...but she loves spending time with our family and the kids are picking it up. Nolan has voiced he would like to live in Japan forever and be a missionary. I understand that feeling.

Friday Ch. Cyr (no, I didn't take this photo either) was our guest on Misawa and spoke at our Prayer Luncheon.  Friday was the first time I've been coined by a General....and the first time I coined a general. The chapel staff had dinner with Chaplain Cyr and CMSGT Johnson at Ohashi's last night.

March 3rd is Hina Matsuri (Girls Day). Above is the display at our local nursing home. Yesterday afternoon PWOC visited to wish this month's residents Tanjobi Omedeto (Happy Birthday). This is always fun. We were especially happy to see how the residents were using the blankets we had made them for Christmas. No, this wasn't staged. We can tell they've been using them. 

See the lady on the left? Everyone got a teddy bear and she got a frog? Her reaction was priceless. I wanted to talk with her....and realized I could say "frog wa nihongo de nan desu ka?" (How do you say frog in Japanese). We spent some happy moments as she tutored me on how to say frog.

In addition to the above we've been doing school.

I've been planning March's upcoming travels. I'll be flying to Vision Summit in DC, driving to Tokyo for a Ladies Retreat and then flying to Korea for Faith Lift.  I plan to take others with me on two of the trips - maximizing the travel benefits. LOL  We'll see how it works out.

It took me four tries to get the paperwork in for us to travel Space A to Korea. I plan to take the girls with me as I'll be in country a week in order to be there for Faithlift.  It will be a great time with the girls and I'll not charge the region a we all win. LOL

Choosing Joy!
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Herding Grasshoppers said...


I don't know what kind of surface they have where Jared will be playing indoor, but my boys have used their outdoor "cleats" on our indoor artificial turf, or just their regular gym shoes.

Good luck with size 13!


De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

I have no clue what the surface is either but coach insists he can't plan without both outdoor cleats and "indoor soccer shoes". LOL Found a place to order.

Cynthia said...

Glad his ankle is healing nicely!

Kristine said...

I keep going back to the Edgren soccer team. What, Kathy's family doesn't have quite enough kids so she's borrowing one of yours?????!!

Great post, I know you've been super busy, even more so than usual.

De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

Isn't it a hoot that he's playing for EDGREN high?

Linda said...

I wonder where BG Cyr is from? I found his bio, and I'm guessing he may be from Maine. Cyr is a common French-Canadian name, and as I am FC, that name stuck right out. He's likely related to many of my northern Maine friends!

How fun that you coined a general!