Sunday, March 30, 2014

Today is Sunday.
Hard to believe that another week has passed (again). I know I say that like every time, but when you are actually counting days you realize how fast they slip away....

This week we were at Youth Camp, in Kiyosato (up in the mountains). It was great!
A nice break from work, reuniting with Asami and Alex, wonderful time of fellowship, worship, and devotions ~ all in all very refreshing and encouraging. One of the most awesome things, I think, is to be on the other side of the world and be able to worship with other believers, it encourages my heart like nothing else! But of course there were some sad goodbyes afterward – so that was hard.

That's about all I have to say at the moment but prayers would be appreciated as there are some decisions that I'm trying to make, and also as I try and work out some travel details for trying to get back up to Sendai to visit some people there! Thank you so much!

For pictures: Japan 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Today was graduation day!

Which basically means that somehow we pulled off the impossible – because the ceremony was in the room we have been working on. It's been incredibly insane, but in a good way. I don't think that I have gotten to bed before midnight at all this week. But anyways, with the help of the Bostrom kids, some of the high school students, and others we finally got rid of all the paper, finished our movable platform/scaffolding, painted the entire ceiling black (using brushes and little tiny rollers – seriously took forever but we had a BLAST!), scrubbed/scraped the whole floor and laid carpet tiles.
So yeah. Busy. Which of course explains why I haven't blogged very much.....

The ceremony today went really well, except for the fact that the dance that some of the kids did moved the carpet tiles (because they hadn't been secured down due to lack of time) and they almost tripped during their performance.... but other then that it went really well I thought. Carissa and Alex graduated. It will be strange now not having Alex around, he was such a great help with the painting and stuff and endlessly entertaining. And Asami is leaving for Tokyo tomorrow – I will miss her SO MUCH! It's sad – I pretty much cried at the ceremony today cause I am losing two of my new bestest buddies. Gosh, I hate goodbyes. *sigh*......

That's really all I can think of. Obviously there is way more that has happened but my brain is kinda dead currently. 

Thanks again for prayers and support!

For pictures: Japan 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

Wow. I can't believe it's been a week already! Time goes so fast...

Things are going well here. I've gotten to do a bunch of different things this week.
Yesterday (and Monday) - Carissa, Joel, Mr Bostrom and I drove in to the city to an office building, an old printing company apparently, that has closed down, and we loaded up tons of boxes of papers, folders, and books into the bus. I guess we are going to have them recycled to help raise money for the school, which is great but we have all decided that it's probably not worth all the time and work that it's taking to get the stuff ready to be recycled. Because we have to sort it all – which means that we have to go through everything and pull all the papers out of the files, and all the staples out of the papers, etc. which is taking forever ( I'll probably be heading over to the school in a little while to work on papers for a few hours, because they will be picked up on Monday and we still have a ton to go though.)
Needless to say, I will be thrilled when all the paper leaves, because then we can really start working on the building.

Umm..... let's see.
Other then papers - I got to dig a trench in the gravel (with a crowbar) to stop water from running right through the playground. The day after, it rained a ton – and my little barrier wall worked! I was pretty happy. Other then that, I finished building our movable platform/scaffolding that we will be using to work on the ceiling. Started taking down the water pipes and all the florescent lights, and got myself a 100volt shock – it was very exciting.....
And yeah – we have pretty much done everything that can be done with all the boxes of paper laying around.

Life outside of work is great too. I am loving the Bostrom family, and Asami (who is also staying with them) – we are probably having to much fun with our crazy inside ostrich jokes, singing 'frozen' songs, and walks in the dark. I love them all already – it's funny to think I've only actually known them for a week...

Well, thats about all I guess – thanks to everyone who is praying for me, supporting me, and have been in touch. I'll try and keep this updated as best as I can.

For pictures: Japan 2014