It has been a LONG time since I posted. We are getting settled in Japan. The thought of driving here makes me nauseous. Driving on the left hand side of the road seems so very unnatural. We left 100s in Arizona for 60s here. We've pulled the sweatshirts and jeans out. Come August I know it will be hot especially with no ac. We left such a wonderful family in AZ. We will miss them terribly. We have a house. It is 500 sq ft smaller than our old one plus no 2 car garage. More downsizing will be necessary when our stuff gets here which should be August or September.

How are you all?
  • mjintexas
    Glad for your update! Can't wait to see what adventures you have there. Japan is one of those places I'm really interested in right now considering the events at the Fukushima Dai'ichi nuclear plants. I'm not sure how close you are to the tsunami affected region, but have you seen much in that regard?
    by mjintexas at 06/24/12 10:48PM
  • mtnestr
    I can't imagine driving on the left side - I would definately need to concentrate very hard not to wander back to the automatic comfort zone! I hope you will find a good family there in Japan too. I know after all the moves we've had in the past that at the start, you wind up thinking so much about the loved ones you left behind but before you know it, you've got new loved ones in your new locale, and don't miss those who are not around you quite as much. I'm sure you've already figured that out. The house situation will be a challenge with your four boys, but I have no doubt that your can-do attitude will have you making the best of it! May God bless your family as you go about serving Him, wherever you are!
    by mtnestr at 06/25/12 12:45PM
  • lovescats
    I remember its being daunting when I drove in England on the way back from Germany. It wasn't so bad on the open road, but in the villages and staying on the left side on the round-abouts - yikes! Do they have round-abouts in Japan? I hope it doesn't take you long to get used to it. Good to know you arrived safely. Hope the downsizing goes well.
    by lovescats at 06/25/12 7:15PM
  • holly_ann
    I hope you'll keep us posted along the way - I would love to hear all about your new home!
    by holly_ann at 06/27/12 9:48PM
  • sallyanne
    We are all well. I will be thinking of you as you settle in! I know you will do wonderfully with whatever you have over there!
    by sallyanne at 06/28/12 10:28PM
  • crazy_mama
    Thanks for your thoughts. I wish we could talk too! Each day seems to unfold more and more info and more and more choices. We are just trying to figure out what direction to go in and how to make all of this work best for Chi. Last night, him saying star was such a big deal. He is pretty much limited to vowels right now and I couldn't belive he could say "s" cause i know that's a hard one. I think it was just what I needed to see that we are going to get through this and arrive on the other end one day.
    by crazy_mama at 12/14/12 8:51AM
  • heatheronthehill
    We think we're going to go with Jacob. We like it and we're trying it out a bit and I think it will stick.
    by heatheronthehill at 01/22/13 6:48AM

12/30/11 8:27PM

How is it the new year is right around the corner? I will have to get used to writing 2012 on things now.

Thomas will be turning 4 on Jan 2nd. Where has the time gone?? He is looking forward to going to Peter Piper Pizza which is like Chucky Cheese. Not a huge request and we are happy to accommodate him. :) He will also be getting some new Buzz Lightyear bedding. He is a huge Buzz fan. He has 2 buzz shirts which I wash as often as possible and he wears as soon as they are washed.

Wade is turning 30 on Jan 18th. If any of you would like to send him a card please let me know. Always nice to get mail at birthdays.

We all had a wonderful Christmas. There is nothing that beats the magic of Christmas through children's eyes. We have taken the tree down and made sure the ornaments were packed well for the trip to Japan. I also tried to get rid of excess decorations.

In this upcoming year we have a couple of trips planned before going overseas. We will be going back to SD in March to see our families and drop off our dogs with my parents. They are going to take them for us as they are getting too old for an overseas trip. Sometime in April we plan on going to see my grandma in Athens, AL. We always look forward to going there.

We look forward to the changes this year holds in store for us. Change always opens up opportunity for growth.

What is in store for you in this upcoming year?
  • CatOwner
    I just wrote down Wade's birthday info and will plan to send him a card. I remember when I turned 30, I - for some unknown reason - felt old. But then a friend of mine (10 years older) told me she'd talked with her mother once about aging. Her mother told her while one may look differently and be older, you felt the same - cared about things pretty much the same, and now that in a couple of years I'll be twice as old as Wade, I'm fine with it. But I don't think guys have ever looked at that aging process as women have. And I'm sure not all women have.

    I don't know if you remember Betty Hall from Westside. She is a very tall, attractive woman. She began to "date" Wiley awhile after Wilma died. One time she had to come to Customer Service (where I worked) to renew her ID card. Her one problem was that now I was going to know her age!!! Of course I have no idea how old she is. I did not store that tidbit of info in my brain.
    by CatOwner at 12/31/11 8:10AM
  • sallyanne
    I'm so excited for you! If you have a few hours free in April, we'd love to see you all!! I know you'll be busy, though. I totally understand about visiting family as that's what our FL trips are all about!!

    Love you you all!
    by sallyanne at 01/03/12 12:00PM
  • sallyanne
    Our anniversary was wonderful! Thanks!
    by sallyanne at 01/13/12 9:20AM
  • juliamiriam
    Thanks! It has been great indeed! :D
    by juliamiriam at 01/17/12 8:42PM

Our New Adventure

We got notification that we will be heading to Misawa, Japan in June 2012. That's seems like a way off but there is a lot of preparation. We are SO excited!!!

  • juliamiriam
    by juliamiriam at 08/28/11 4:34PM
  • sallyanne
    This sounds amazing!! Hannah told me about this...she's green with envy ;)
    by sallyanne at 08/28/11 4:40PM
  • CatOwner
    I sure hope you enjoy yourselves!
    by CatOwner at 08/28/11 7:20PM
  • curlie
    by curlie at 08/29/11 12:55AM
  • holly_ann
    Enjoy Japan! How exciting! We are going to have to work out a trip to see each other before you leave. Time is ticking - eeek!
    by holly_ann at 08/29/11 11:06AM
  • mjintexas
    WOW! I'm always happy to see your name light up, but this time I am thinking now this starts my "make it out to AZ before Katie leaves" clock!
    by mjintexas at 08/29/11 11:48AM
  • littlelamb
    I love the ticker! I wish we had a definite date for our move but it looks like it is about 6 months away. I'm starting to get overwhelmed with all we have to do! We really need to meet up before we scatter to the ends of the earth!
    by littlelamb at 09/02/11 9:38PM
  • jodimn
    Wow! So excited for you. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures.
    by jodimn at 09/02/11 10:46PM
  • southern_yankee_mom
    Wow! Congratulations!!!! Praying all goes well for you!
    by southern_yankee_mom at 09/07/11 7:36AM
  • juliamiriam
    That is for sure! :D
    by juliamiriam at 10/04/11 10:14PM
  • southern_yankee_mom
    Katie, It's good to know it's not just my Levi :) I'll say a prayer for you. *grin*
    by southern_yankee_mom at 10/06/11 7:43AM
  • chickadee
    Would you mind sharing your sourcream rollout cookies? I have tried several sugar cookie recipes over the years, but never found one that made the work worthwhile.
    by chickadee at 12/11/11 1:03AM

06/24/11 9:20AM

Time to share some very Happy News!!!!! I am the proud auntie of a little GIRL!!!!!!!!! Molly Kathryn was born last night. My brother in law says my sister was a amazing. Her stats 8.2 lbs and 21 inches long.

In other happy news the twins I have asked you to pray for are now at home! God is good.
  • curlie
    Congratulations! Is this the first granddaughter on that side of the family?
    by curlie at 06/24/11 10:17AM
  • sallyanne
    I LOVE her name and I'm so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    by sallyanne at 06/24/11 4:53PM
  • sallyanne
    Good news about the twins :)
    by sallyanne at 06/24/11 4:54PM
  • mtnestr
    Terrific - I'm so happy for them and the name is adorable!
    by mtnestr at 06/24/11 7:50PM
  • juliamiriam
    Such a beautiful name!!!! =) So happy to hear everything went well!
    by juliamiriam at 06/24/11 7:57PM
  • littlelamb
    Happy news, indeed!
    by littlelamb at 06/24/11 11:52PM
  • littlelamb
    You know, I was just thinking the other day that Molly was such a nice name and I wondered why people didn't use it much these days. Good to know there is a sweet little Molly out there. :)
    by littlelamb at 06/24/11 11:53PM
  • mjintexas
    Awww, happy for your family! I have been wondering how you were doing!
    by mjintexas at 06/25/11 12:26PM
  • mjintexas
    And by the way, SO SWEET that she shares your name!!
    by mjintexas at 06/25/11 12:27PM
  • CatOwner
    I just am seeing this today, 29 June, and am SO excited for all of you!!!!
    by CatOwner at 06/29/11 1:40PM
  • pink_ladybug
    Hope you had a good 4th too! Congratulations on your new niece! :)
    by pink_ladybug at 07/05/11 3:07PM
  • CatOwner
    I love Molly's name and am so excited and happy for everyone! And how wonderful you got to go and surprise Laura - I know that meant so much to her.
    by CatOwner at 07/11/11 8:06AM
  • dragon_blade
    We love the series, and the movies are rather good!! :)
    I don't believe that I gave any spoilers away in my blog, but it might be wise not to read it, just in case. XD
    I hope you guys have lots of fun with it!! :D
    by dragon_blade at 07/16/11 11:33AM

Thank You!

To all of you that have contributed money to help Jeff and his wife Amy....THANK YOU!! Your generosity is appreciated more than words can express. I just can't imagine losing everything in an instant.

If you still want to contribute you can. Most have contributed through paypal or I can send you their address.

Thank you once again!!!