Hey everyone! My roommate said I needed to update my blog, so here I am, updating it!
These last two weeks of my spring break was spent visiting friends and family in America! I got to see most of my family and tons of friends (A lot of whom are getting married, jeez!) Though, because I saw so many people and spent time with them, my “break” wasn’t really a break. Tiring, but well worth it.
I had a lot of fun getting to visit everyone in the states but I’m also glad to be back in Japan. Oddly enough, I’m okay both places…it’s hard to explain haha.
Anyways, this is the start of my new year here in Japan! Lots of things new– new me (lost weight, whoo!), new hair cut, new school year, new experiences (I’ll get to that later)…. Let’s start off by talking about the new school year!
Here in Japan, the school year ends in March and the new school year starts in April. So, basically as soon as I got back from the US, it was back into the swing of things. This year my class is a little bigger than last year and has a lot of high-spirited boys in it. Definitely going to be an exciting year, haha! For those wondering (because I never really thought of it this way until now) the school system here in Japan is basically a year-round school system. Start in April, one week off in May, the month of August off for summer break, a couple three-day weekend holidays here and there, two weeks for winter break, then, at the end of the year, two weeks off until it starts all over again. Thus far, I have 12 kids in my class but by June or July there will have 15. This new school year is definitely coming with its challenges, but I have to keep reminding myself that God is in control even when I’m surround by twelve screaming two-year-olds.
Now let’s talk about my trip back to the US and coming back to Japan a bit. To be honest, after this next year in Japan, I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to be doing. People have asked me,
“Oh, you’re going to come home after this next year, right?”
“Oh. Well, does that mean you’re going to be staying in Japan even longer?”
“Which is it?”
That’s pretty much how some of my conversations have gone recently. I was hoping and praying that God would enlighten me in my trip back to the US and make it obvious whether I would be in Japan longer or go back to the US for sure.
If anything, the trip back just muddled everything together and now I’m just rolling on the floor going, “God, this isn’t the kind of answer I wanted. I’m bad at waitinggggggg.” Which may be one of the reasons he has decided to let me stew a bit. All-in-all, going back to the US has helped me think of some other possibilities and has broadened my scope about things that I might need to make happen.
I feel like I haven’t exactly conveyed what I wanted to about my uncertain future, but it’s a confusing mess of what I want, what would be nice, what I think others would want me to do, and my brain not working at full capacity at the given moment, this will have to do. Though, please pray that whatever I do, it’s God’s will, not mine and that I’ll be able to glorify him no matter the circumstances.
Next topic! My (fun) new experience! Ha! Not actually so fun, but it’s an experience. Norman Smith, my roommate, Keiko, and I were involved in a little bit of a car accident this last Sunday. First, let me say that all of us are fine and it was 100% not our fault. Pretty hard to be our fault when we were at a complete stop in traffic and someone’s front bumper decides to say hello to our rear window.
We were in a little car in Japan called a kei car. Now these cars are designed to be lightweight and super economical. Basically good for getting you from point A to point B in town, but not highway driving (I’ve been told that these cars aren’t street legal in the US, because of their small engine size, but I’m actually unsure if this is true or not). Anyways, we were in this tiny car, and the car that hit us was a jacked up Toyota Land Cruiser, which the owner had personally modified and made better to squish little cars like us. Needless to say, the car was pretty beat up, but the people inside (us) were okay. Keiko has been having shoulder pains as she was in the back seat and got the brunt of the force, and I have a nice case of whiplash and some dizzy spells.
We did go to the doctor after the accident, and we go back tomorrow to double check everything is fine. The Lord provided little blessings in it, like the day it happened was the one day out of over a week that it wasn’t raining, and we were right outside a convenience store so we wouldn’t go hungry. Plus we got a call from the other person’s insurance saying that they were going to cover everything, including missed work days because of dizziness, medical bills, and a new car for Norman and Susan. Yay!
I was thinking of putting a picture up of the car, but I was told that’s kind of rude and an invasion of privacy of those involved or something here in Japan soooo I guess I won’t, but I really want to!
That’s all I can think of for this blog. My brain is still a little whacked-out from just coming back from the US and the car accident, so I know I wanted to say more, but I’ve forgotten.
Anyways, that’s all for now!