Happy new year! I hope 2015 is off to a great start for you. I want to begin the new year with a big THANKS.
To rewind a little: As I mentioned in my last post, we moved out of our Irvine, CA home right before Christmas. It was a difficult and challenging couple of weeks. As of December 23, we are officially “homeless.” 🙂
I want to give a heartfelt THANKS to ALL the people who helped us during that time. I won’t name names, but you know who you are! Those of you who came over to help me pack (everyday!!); who watched my girls; who sold items for me (and got my back!!); who offered to help in any way possible; who invited us over for a meal/brought us food; who let us sleep at your homes; who gave us rides to the airport; who provided moral support; who said kind words through notes, emails, texts; and who prayed for us. Your acts of kindness during our time of need really encouraged and strengthened us, and the memory of them will be treasured in our hearts. We also want to extend that big THANKS to our faithful supporters, as we wouldn’t even be moving without your generous giving which has enabled us to even prepare to go to Japan.
Now: After moving out, we visited my family at my sister’s home in St. Paul, MN. Currently, we are in CA (a BIG thanks to a family who is letting us stay in their condo). In January, we will be visiting Damon’s family on the east coast, as well as visiting friends in that area (we hope to see many of you!). We will return to CA at the end of January and will (Lord-willing) depart for Japan in early February.
We ask for your continued prayers in January:
- Visa – we are waiting for our visa to come through. Please pray it will come quickly in 3-4 weeks. We can’t proceed with our move to Japan until we have our visa.
- Homeschooling – Aliya will start homeschooling with me…I need prayers! Please pray it will be a good experience for both of us and for patience and wisdom for me.
- Increased faith and trust in God – personally in each of us, in our marriage, in parenting, in relationships with others. For joy, peace, and grateful hearts during this transitional time.
- Safe travels and good visits during our January trip to the east coast and return back to CA.
Thank you for your prayers – we need them!
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