Happy Thanksgiving!

This past Sunday, we celebrated Thanksgiving with our neighbors.  We are so thankful to live next to such wonderful people!!  Enjoy the photos from our celebration!

I’m still wondering how Larry got the turkey to fit in the oven…

Our neighbors from Australia made Lamingtons, a traditional Australian cake covered in chocolate and coconut.  Don’t they look cool!?  They were quickly consumed and the reviewers gave them 5 stars!

Don’t forget the pumpkin cheesecake…

This photo is a little fuzzy (oops!), but I wanted to show you the crew…

Baby Sophia, Larry, Rieko, Nico, Yee, Paula, Pei, Shawn, Beth

We are looking forward to the next celebration!

To all of our family and friends…we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Would someone please eat something with fresh cranberries in it for me?  Fresh cranberries are non-existent in Tokyo!  Maybe they’ll still be in the stores when we are in the U.S. for Christmas and I can get my fill in a few weeks!  🙂

Some of the other strange things that are ‘missing’ when you’re in a foreign country for Thanksgiving include: the buzz in the grocery store of people picking up last minute items, looking through 10 inches of “Day After Thanksgiving Sale Ads” that are stuffed in the newspaper, watching A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life, football (of course!), watching the local news coverage of all the crazy people who slept outside their favorite store in order to buy a computer for $3.99…the list goes on…

One more thing…

What would Thanksgiving be without A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving?  Thanks to YouTube, Charlie Brown can still make his way to Tokyo!  (The audio and motion are out of sync, but it’s still good to watch a classic!!

Have a great day!


Thanks Augie!

In the spirit of giving thanks, I wanted to send out a huge THANK YOU to the talented and energetic photographer – Augie Chang!

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to meet Augie while he was in Tokyo.  I enjoy following Augie’s blog and when he made a post that he would be traveling around Japan with one of his fabulous couples…I sent him an e-mail.  Augie graciously allowed me to tag along and watch him in action.  I can’t thank Augie (and his incredible crew of Joella, Mike, Claudia, and Lawrence) enough for their generosity and time.  I posted a few of his photos below, but you will have to check out Augie’s blog to see more of his work!

The first few photos were taken in the Harajuku area of Tokyo.

A peaceful moment in the middle of so much chaos…

The next photo was taken in Shinjuku…

That girl on the left is a little overdue for a haircut!  🙂

Thanksgiving Comes to Tokyo

We had a great time celebrating Thanksgiving with our neighbors today!  Here is just one picture to prove that Thanksgiving actually made it’s way here.  Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, lasagna, fruit salad, carrot salad, various dips, lamingtons, pumpkin cheesecake, apple crisp…

…and that’s not even the complete list of food!!  Everything was DELICIOUS!

Check back later this week for more photos.

You Look ‘Mahvelous’…

On Tuesday morning, my incredibly strong and loving Uncle Sam was called to a better place.  A place that is free of pain, free of tears and best of all – free of cancer.  I find peace in knowing that my uncle did not fear that the Lord was calling him to this new life.

I can still picture being greeted by my uncle with a HUGE bear hug…and I can hear him doing his own Billy Crystal impersonation (of ‘Fernando’) by saying, “You look marvelous.”  I can only imagine that my uncle was greeted by our Lord with the same words.

We love you Uncle Sam.  We miss you.

There Will Be A Day
(Jeremy Camp)

I try to hold on to this world with everything I have
But I feel the weight of what it brings, and the hurt that tries to grab
The many trials that seem to never end, His word declares this truth,
that we will enter in this rest with wonders anew

But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings
That there will be a place with no more suffering

There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face
But until that day, we’ll hold on to you always

I know the journey seems so long
You feel you’re walking on your own
But there has never been a step
Where you’ve walked out all alone

Troubled soul don’t lose your heart
Cause joy and peace he brings
And the beauty that’s in store
Outweighs the hurt of life’s sting

I can’t wait until that day where the very one I’ve lived for always will wipe away the sorrow that I’ve faced
To touch the scars that rescued me from a life of shame and misery this is why this is why I sing

There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face

There will be a day, He’ll wipe away the stains, He’ll wipe away the tears, He’ll wipe away the tears…there will be a day…

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Odawara Castle

A few weekends ago, we took a day trip to the Hakone area using the Hakone Free Pass.  (I’ll explain the ‘free pass’ in my next blog entry.)  For now, enjoy the pictures from the quick pit-stop we made en route to Hakone.  We stopped off to visit Odawara Castle in…none other than…Odawara!

The sidewalks leading to the castle were marked with a variety of tiles.  The picture in the upper left corner says, “Welcome to Odawara Castle”.

I thought it was odd to see an elephant living next to the castle…

Nice feet!  I wonder how many toenails this one loses every year?   🙂

Next stop: Hakone


…and I thought my feet took a beating from running…


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Enoshima – Part 2

Just as the sun was beginning to set, the clouds broke up for a brief moment…

…and then it was back to a cloudy sky…

The design of the train station was inspired by the Japanese legend of Urashima Taro.

Shawn took this photo as we were leaving the Shrine area.  I thought it turned out well…  🙂

Have a nice weekend!

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