So, the one benefit of living in another language is that sometimes we can still talk about whatever we want that we wouldn’t normally say in public. Sure, everyone has studied English and they listen into our conversations to see if they can understand. But, it’s also a benefit because… you know that really awkward… Continue reading Things my kids say in America
“WOW! This store sells EVERYTHING!” I smiled as my daughter experienced that joy of entering Target for her first conscious time. Yes, honey. Yes, it does. That glorious feeling of entering a store, located on one enormous floor where you can purchase socks, noodles and dish soap and even appliances all in one stop. It’s… Continue reading Re-entry Events– Shopping
Over the last year, I’ve been reading a book about raising healthy TCKs (Third Culture Kids). There are some wonderful benefits to raising your kids overseas (like an expanded global worldview, outside-the-box thinkers, an intuitive ability to empathize, etc.). But there are also challenges that many TCKs tend to face and that don’t often surface… Continue reading Home and Heritage
One of the most intimidating things for me is making phone calls. If possible, I always prefer to talk to a real person. It’s so much easier to understand– seeing their face, their mouth moving, anything they might have to show me– I usually leave with a fuller understanding of what the situation is and… Continue reading Phone Calls
So, I’ve been toying with the idea for a while of changing up the blog format to something that’s a little more feasible… and that’s just to give you short glimpses into the window of our little corner of the world. Hopefully this will let me post more frequently and not have to try to… Continue reading Glimpses
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my Gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the Word of God is not bound! Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they may also obtain the salvation that is in… Continue reading Bound, but not bound
Life is seasonal. It’s contrasting. Light and dark. Mountain and valley. Short term and long term. We’re getting ready to head into the rainy and humid season where it will take days for our clothes to dry on the line. With a newborn and two preschoolers who firmly believe in “playing hard”, I’m a bit… Continue reading Anthems of the Season
Here’s our latest video newsletter! Sorry it’s taken me this long to get it posted. Japan Insider – Ake-Ome from NipponAlva on Vimeo.
In all the hustle and bustle of December, I am surprised to find that I have a few minutes of peace and absolute quiet in the house. Vicente took the girls to the park and I finished some errands and have the grand luxury to sit and do something that I’ve been wanting to do… Continue reading Christmas Again
Mission Japan: Mission Impossible? from Creative Impact Ministries on Vimeo This is our documentary put together by Creative Impact Ministry. This is our story of coming to Japan, beginning outreach, and the “why” of it all! We are uploading more videos soon!