|at Mark's graduation|
|Brian and Mark in Kyoto|
|Brian and Junichi - prayer retreat|
Then a few weeks later, Brian met our friend from seminary, Junichi, at a friends' cabin and they spent time together praying for each other and what God is doing in the different ministries he has called our families to in Japan. Brian immensely enjoyed both trips and the time in mainland. While we LOVE Okinawa, it's always fun to explore other parts of Japan, and it's always so good to have time with very special friends.
|eating our favorite ice cream in Okinawa|
|having fun at the aquarium|
|ready to fly across the ocean!|
|with Aunt Jessie and Uncle Andy|
|with all the grandparents at the Farmer's Market|
|first day of school|
This has been a big year for Noah because he started school at OCSI! He was very ready to join his brother every day, and Justin was excited to have him there. The boys continue to grow in so many ways - academically, spiritually, and physically. They both have a huge love for each other, school, teachers, friends, family time, and Jesus - we are all very blessed. :)
|performing in the school Christmas play together|
Brian and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary in October. It is always so fun to look back and see the amazing adventures God has taken us on in our marriage. I can't believe we have been overseas almost that whole time... we are so blessed and can't wait to see what happens next. :)
We also got to take another trip in October! Our region held an event for cross-cultural ministry workers, and it was such a huge blessing that our whole family got to go together. We reconnected with many friends (who got to spend time with the boys for the first time), met many new friends, and enjoyed some time with God, away from normal routine. Again, simply wonderful. :)
|annual Trunk or Treat on Halloween|
|annual women's Christmas progressive dinner|
|Father/child park day|
|LOTS of great food!|
|fun conversations in English and Japanese|
God also continues to provide opportunities for relationships outside of our church activities. For the last few years, Brian has attended the OCSI high school camp as a sponsor, and he loves the chance to interact with the students and teachers.
I was also able to teach another Motheread class to parents at OCSI this last fall. We had a wonderful time building relationships, working on English skills, and just sharing life together.
We have also started to have monthly gatherings at our house for young adults from our church and the other Nazarene churches on Okinawa. We have prayer and Bible study (sometimes in Japanese, sometimes in English, and sometimes in both languages) and eat and play games together. It's a great chance for us to support and encourage our Japanese Christian friends, and it's a good venue for them to invite other friends to who want to practice English. :)