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.
Dusk is my favorite time of day. Have I ever shared that with anyone, I wonder? The setting sun lends softness to the surroundings, and everywhere, people are entering their homes and reaching under lampshades to match that orange glow. It is the time for soft piano music and sautéed onions, quiet play with blocks … Continue reading Before the sun sets.
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.
Jones's first week home -- the most difficult week of my life to date. I called my high school friend, whose baby was a bit older, and cried on the phone: "This is worse than labor! I don't know what I'm supposed to do! I'm paralyzed with fear over every decision!" In my newly-post-partum mind, … Continue reading The Big Picture