Biking to Belong in Japan

I twist and turn down the bumpy sidewalk in my suburban neighborhood of Tokyo, and I feel the cool air hit my face. I hear the cars passing me, and I smell exhaust fumes mixed with scents from the corner restaurant. As I approach a pedestrian crossing I hear the screech of my brakes, and ...

broken communication

I’m sure we’ve all experienced it – a moment when you’re speaking to someone and you just can’t seem to communicate. For most of us, that would read: “you just can’t seem to communicate clearly“. In the case of this expat living overseas, the sentence will literally read “you just can’t seem to communicate”. Like at ...

standing on holy gravel

We moved to Tokyo over two months ago. I’ve written at least 20 blog posts in my head, but alas, this is the first I’ve had time to sit down and write. I’ve often wondered which topic would be the first glimpse at my life here in Tokyo. This feels right. We send our oldest ...

eating my words

We’ve all done it, we’re all guilty. We’ve all said something we swear we’d never do. We’ve all had to eat our words. I’ve had to do this MANY times in my life.  One particular example of this is when I swore I would “never homeschool my children”.  Well, my words have officially become dinner. ...

bed, bath and so far beyond

Eleven years ago I called our mission agency to ask for advice on how to select items for a wedding registry when I knew we’d be leaving the country.  I’m not sure why I thought my application mentor was the best person to ask, but I figured she had experience counseling people in the art ...

Fly Us to Japan

We are excited to be in the homestretch! By God’s grace we are down to $820 left in new monthly, recurring commitments. To help illustrate this final leg of our support raising journey, we’re rocking this Indiana Jones inspired graphic to show you that for every $10 in new monthly support we receive, we’ll move ...

Interview Time!

In our e-newsletter updates (which you can sign up to receive here: Brock’s Newsletter Sign Up), we’ve been featuring interview Q&As from our friends in Japan to help share why Japan needs missionaries. Often when people think of a place that needs missionaries, it is common to picture a third world country, a place where the people ...

the “s” word

In the midst of the after-dinner craziness in my house, I’ve apparently decided that now is the time to try and find a moment to write this. I cringe inside as I begin to write. I cringe not because of the topic, the word itself, or what it means. I cringe at what you’ll assume ...

so…when are you moving?

  Things have really picked up pace around our home!  Our to-do list is long, our summer is moving quickly, our schedule is full, and our anticipation is growing! This is getting real. That leads us to the famous question we always get asked: “When are you moving?” Short answer:  When we reach 100% support (scroll ...