Archive for the Category ◊ Family Update ◊

• Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Madeline “Maddie” Helen Carter
January 17 @ 4:37pm

She has arrived…9 days early! Mom and Baby are healthy.
Praise God for such a wonderful blessing!!


• Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Today we were getting a little stir crazy so I decided to take the kids to a McDonald’s with a play area. It is about 30-35 minutes away so we were committing to an afternoon away. When we got there the first problem was McDonald’s was only serving french fries in the small size. Due to a dock workers issue in America the entire country of Japan is experiencing a shortage!

Then when we went upstairs they decided it was a little cold and the play area was closed! Not significant issues, but a bit of a bummer for some stir crazy kids.

Play Area Closed

• Thursday, December 25th, 2014


• Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Every year T’s pre-school/kindergarten hosts a field day.  All three years plus elementary school brothers and sisters participate.  It is an awesome time of fellowship and a great time to connect with the other families at the school.  Because the school is Christian they start the morning with a mini worship service and small talk about Christ.  (Even as a Christian School over 90% of the students are not Christian.)

After all the events the students took a picture.  Can you find T in the red class? (Hint: He’s wearing a red hat!)

Yochien 2014 Field Day


• Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Fruit in Japan is expensive.  Maybe except for bananas, but probably compared to the homeland bananas are also expensive.  This year we have been blessed by friends who have very generously given us fruit or bought fruit when they were on trips up north.  (Because a lot of fruit is grown up north the prices are significantly cheaper when you shop at a local produce shop.)

A woman in our church comes from a family of apple farmers and so when I discovered the connection I asked if we could order direct.  This year she ordered on our behalf and we are receiving monthly shipments of apples. It’s an amazing connection to have.  We have already finished our first box! Yum!!!



• Monday, July 14th, 2014

Today Michael and I were able to go on a lunch date with Elisabeth. I insisted on Denny’s because I had never been to one in Japan. Michael warned me, but I didn’t listen. It is nothing like the American Denny’s and doesn’t even have Grand Slams!?! I was super excited to see pink lemonade on the menu though. It came and I was so sad to see it is actually carbonated. The good news is we had a nice time together, but I don’t think we’ll be going back anytime soon.

Pink Lemonade

• Friday, May 09th, 2014

It is such a rarity to have something wrong in Japan so I felt we should document this moment. We ordered and paid for a double quarter pounder with cheese and only received a quarter pounder. We noticed once we arrived home and didn’t feel like going back out, but I am sure if we did they would have had excellent service. It just shows we are all people and everyone makes a mistake!


• Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Happy Easter!
-From our family to yours!

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, thought he die, yet shall live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” – John 11:25

…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5


• Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Hard to believe, but E turned 1! We are so blessed by our daughter and were excited to celebrate.  Since Saturdays are English we held a birthday party with all of our English students.  It was a fun gathering and an insight for our students into American culture.

We also celebrated again with a play group at a local cafe.  This group is half ex-pats and half Japanese women who enjoy speaking English.  Within the group seven babies all turned 1 within a month of each other.  It was fun to get together for the celebration.

Please continue to pray for E’s growth in grace!

E's Birthday

E's Birthday

E's Birthday

E's Birthday

• Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Our newest family photo!


• Friday, July 05th, 2013

How do you get around in a big city with two kids?  Well, by bicycle of course. :)  Good thing it has a little “assist.”  (Basically a little extra push powered via a battery pack.

Bicycle for 3

• Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Since the church is remodeling we were given an old air conditioning unit from the church. We are SO excited to have a cool living room and not have to sweat it out this year like we have in the past! We even bought a fan to circulate the air and Michael not only installed in once, but even moved it when we decided to put the fan in a different location. Summer will not beat us this year!


• Sunday, April 28th, 2013

This week Elisabeth was baptized in our church here in Japan. My dad was able to take part along with Aoki Sensei. We had some friends come from Okazaki which we were very grateful for. They mean a lot to us and it was special to have them come along. Below is a brief video of my father delivering a message as I translate. (Unfortunately, the video cut off before the actual baptism.) Afterward everyone joined in for a celebration lunch.

For those who want to learn more about why we baptize infants we recommend listening to this sermon series by the Pastor Dr. David McWilliams of Covenant Presbyterian Church where he addresses Christian Baptism. This is the most concise and clear explanation we have heard available.


Group Shot


Pastor Announcing the Baptism and Singing Amazing Grace

Part of the Baptism Message

• Sunday, April 14th, 2013

For the next few months my father has been given a sabbatical from his church in Lexington. For part of the time my parents have come to Japan and during their stay are plugging into ministry here in Japan. This past week my father preached, through a translator, at Nisshin Christ Church.

After the service many of the members of our MTW team gathered for a picnic at a local park for a time of fellowship. (pictured below)

Paul Preaching

Paul Preaching


• Tuesday, April 09th, 2013

Our latest family photo.

Family Photo