As of now we are days away from receiving medical clearance to return to the field. The girls have been interviewed and formally accepted for enrollment at the Christian Academy in Japan. Yesterday we set the date for the movers to gather our stuff to "crate" overseas, and today we got word that an apartment has been found in the suburbs of Tokyo. The tide is certainly pulling us toward Japan.
Fall months have been filled with off-to-school early mornings, mid-morning trips to the gym, hectic homework afternoons/evenings, and a myriad of doctor appointments. Heather has patiently endured her "lab rat" season being assessed, tested, medicated, and re-assessed, as we get a handle on her personalized blend of ADHD. We feel like we've finally arrived at the right remedy, which is medication-free and activity-intense. Picture Heather rolling back and forth on an oversized yoga ball as she recites vocabulary definitions, and you'll know what we mean.
|Future House Site|
|Our land, from the roadside|
|Fellow Cookie Monsters|
We anticipate Christmas with excitement since we'll have all four daughters, a son in-law and another "serious" boyfriend under our roof for several days. Expect a lot of talking, laughter, eating, and we hope, some serious future planning during this family visit. The adult "kids" have not seen our land yet, so we look forward to introducing them to the family property. Stephanie and Ben only have a few days with us since her vacation time is being split between our family and Ben's. Leslie and her boyfriend, Josiah, have a more open-ended timetable, so we will invite them to stay with us as long as they wish, up to our final day in country. We expect to fly to Tokyo by the first week of January.
Blessings to you this Christmas! May you spend it with the people you love most, doing things that fill your heart with meaning and purpose. We will post here again after the new year, possibly from Japan!