I noticed the flowers were finally blooming (eventually they'll cover the whole hill) and grabbed the camera.
Soon the doorbell rang, Yuuki HOWLED and HOWLED, Stacia opened the door and I heard clucking and Japanese speaking to Yuuki. (BTW Akikosan says that Yuuki has forgotten how to understand Japanese! I think that's the polite way of saying she isn't nearly as well-mannered as she was for Richard and Susi!)
What a blessing! I ran out and practiced all the suitable phrases, we bowed to each other....and I am blessed. They always bring us the first flowers, the first cabbage, the first big, strange root vegetable....it renews my determination to learn Japanese but I'm hopeless. I can only pray she sees Jesus in us without the right words. Stacia and I broke them into 3 bouquets as we talked about how to surprise our neighbor this week.
|One for the stove|
|One for the tonsu|
|Another for the "end table"|
|Stacia gave me the cup of wildflowers...and note the SPRING kokeshi is now out!|
Many of you know we asked for, and were miraculously granted, a one year extension in Japan with the Air Force. Our hearts are here. We love this country. We will be retiring from the Air Force in three years. I believe God is breathing dreams in our heart and we are eager to see where they may lead. I know it's not the season to be dreaming God-sized dreams with our current economy...but there you have it...how can we not? Meanwhile, unless God does something amazingly wonderful we will be packing up in about a year to move to our last Air Force assignment for two years...and then....will we get to return to Asia?
Living all of life before the face of God...