Tuesday, September 15, 2009


No photos - but I'll take a minute to update....because I LOVE that family and friends like to know what we are up to.

School...the only one who HAS to do school would be Jared's math/science...but the younger ones and I are enjoying a bit of structure and routine to our explorations. LOL

PWOC - I met with the PWOC selection committee for a final time. I think we have an exec board for 2009/10 and I'm EXCITED for some sister fellowship, awesome Bible studies and outreach in the upcoming PWOC year. PRAYING we get into the new chapel by Oct.

Drinking from a fire hydrant - Jared and I joined the B family on a drive to Hachinohe to attend Japanese Language school. I enjoyed myself. I really did. However, about 30 min into the class I began to question our plan, which was for Jared and I to attend the class and later teach the others. I talked to the teacher and asked if she'd be willing to teach one on one in our home. I explained that I have a big family and would love for them to all be able to meet her and receive her instruction. She gave me a quote, and while it is far more than attending in Hachinohe, it is cheaper than any of the other tutors I've looked into. She agreed that she would take us places we want to see and teach us language along the way from time to time. We'd be sure to learn Japanese Culture as we hosted her weekly....and I think she liked the idea of having an inside view of an American family. Hachinohe is a 45 - 60 min drive at night during rush hour.... 20 - 30 min home. The class is 6:30 - 8:30. I jealously guard our nights home.....so the private class may work better. It would be during school time. I wouldn't have to leave the house and all the kids could meet Akiko and learn from her first hand. There is no class next week as it is a national holiday...I have two weeks to consider the angles. It was FUN and I'm easily swayed by fun....but honestly....I do strive to watch the boundaries. LOL

Hawaii - Mike had also been doing some thinking while I was gone last night. He's decided I should go to Hawaii for the PWOC Pacific Region conference. I've spent a couple of weeks convincing myself not to go. Mike is really sure I SHOULD go and WANTS me to go; so I am. At this point, I'll be alone, which stretches me greatly...if I'm going to be lost, I'd like to be lost WITH someone....but it will be good for me. Many of you know that I've worked diligently to hear the voice of God about my schedule/ministry after the insane AK season of our ministry. I've set boundaries, I honestly DO see things as God, Family (In the Home Ministry), Outside Ministry. I am torn because the family isn't settled and this seems awfully quick to go on a trip after receiving our belongings....but Mike says it's for a weekend and I need to have some time to relax....and be refreshed.... AND now I find that two ladies from our first assignment in Montana will be attending...Julie B from Guam and Sarah H from Okinawa. I'm going to have *TWO* "PWOC MOMENTS". ::snort:: I'll get the registration worked out and then figure out how to book the tickets.

CINDY - setting this apart so you are sure to read it, as you'll think it is funny. Mike says I need to get CINDY to plan my trip as she's the pro at this sort of thing. ::snort::

That's the day. The kids are exhausted and I can't seem to get them moving..but it's time. ::snort::

Choosing Joy!
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Stephanie said...

I love following you! You are such an encouragement :)

Deja said...

I love the private lesson idea! You and the kids can have a personal tour guide as well?! Sounds worth every penny...or yen...or whatever you use over there! And a superb way to protect your evenings...something I'm fiercly trying to do between basketball and Nutcracker rehearsals... And a weekend away to be refreshed after the last 5 months...sounds like Mike has a great idea. And he and the kids can do all the unpacking while you're gone ;-)

Darshia said...

I agree having an in-home tutor would be an excellent experience, use of time and a practical family investment for the three years in Japan. I would think having a tutor would be much more effective, enjoyable and personal learning than Rosetta Stone or such.

As challenging as traveling alone would be, PWOC PRC is a way to engergize with fresh ideas for the upcoming season. Though if it's anything like the conference we attended in Carolina, there won't be much time to relax! lol Even as cool as the Biltmore Estate was during "down time", it was tiring too. Way to go to your hubby for supporting you!

P.S.-I'm glad you're blogging again. You were missed.

Unknown said...

With the home experience of language, you'll have to structure it so you have more than "fun"-- but it would be really fun & beneficial. AND it will be the way you can most impact the teacher's life in a spiritual way. I loved the opportunity to teach in homes/ have students in my home bc so much more than "study" could be done. You're there to touch lives, right? Make yourself memorize nouns, verbs, etc so that when you learn some grammar, you're able to use it! You'll LOVE the Japanese language! I put my vote in for lessons at home! (um, if you're taking votes.) Ohh, and you can take pictures of stuff and have HER explain them!! GOOD for you! :) (Did you get my picture I sent?)

Jamin said...

Sound like you guys will know the language in no time! It sounds a little harder than learning Texan. :)

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Tammy, I've not received your photo yet.

YES, the big reason we wanted a tutor was to build a RELATIONSHIP - we're sneaky that way. ::snort:: I do think we could pick up language with only the language tapes we are using.

We've begun learning nouns and such....and I need to get out to the mall to order the texts they use in Hachinohe...that will let her know we want SERIOUS lessons and not just fun. LOL

Cynthia said...

LOL! Imagine my surprise to see my name in GREAT BIG SHOUTING letters (LOL)! I was just thinking when I read above that you're going to Hawaii that I should see where you're going and see if I have any info to share and then I scrolled down here and saw this note (LOL)! So... I asked about which island are you visiting?

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

I don't know...Honlulu, Hyatt Regency on Waikiki....ring a bell?

I need to find the cheapest way to get us there...that's the project now. I suspect we'll be so busy we won't have time to explore Hawaii much.