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!!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Pastor Announcing the Baptism and Singing Amazing Grace
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)
Today some of our friends threw us a farewell party. Everyone brought delicious food and one of Cathalain’s friends brought her balloon art kit. Her balloon art skills are incredible and Tobin especially had a blast. He had tons to take home play with.
In many ways it is very hard for use to say good bye to the friends we have made over the last two years. We are so thankful for the community the Lord has provided us.
Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan. Recently a friend gave us her Uncle’s seasons tickets to a Nagoya Chunichi Dragons game. The team plays in the Nagoya Dome which is fully air conditioned. Since we went for a Saturday afternoon game we were grateful for the air conditioning!! When we arrived, by subway, we were blown away by how incredible our seats were. We were about 14 rows back behind home plate! The game was a lot of fun even though our team lost 1-0. Next time!