After nine months of living in Japan, I had become slightly more accustomed to what it meant to be a hostess in my new culture. It wasn't entirely different from what I was used to in America, but one of the missing elements was clear communication with those I was serving -- how do I … Continue reading The hard part of sharing.
I'm now into my seventh year of overseas living, and most things about the Japanese culture and way of life have stopped shocking me. Now, they simply just ARE. I'm used to them, and many things that would've never crossed my mind before have become second nature. I'm adapting. And in the process, there is … Continue reading Tissues, bowing, grocery trips, toilets.
the boys are in bed, bryan is out with BEST club, and i'm on the couch downstairs, ruminating. aaaaaaaalways ruminating. how many of you moms end the day feeling guilty about something? either you didn't answer all the questions with patience or you didn't say enough "i love yous" or you left the kids in … Continue reading the evening guilties, and other thoughts.
it's almost been a month since the largest earthquake japan has ever experienced. i figured it might be time for me to open up my blog again, though i'm not quite certain what to say except that this event has solidified for us, in many ways, our desire to be here and make our home … Continue reading japan: where we’ve made our home.
"にほんごの べんきょうしています、でも まだ うまく はなせいません。” "Nihongono benkyoushiteimasu, demo mada umaku hanaseimasen." "I'm currently studying Japanese, but I can't speak well yet." It helps me to write this out and remember that two months ago, I didn't have the slightest clue as to what any of this meant. I did, however, know how to ask simple questions of the grocery … Continue reading A useful phrase.. and more