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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

You Say Goodbye, and I Say Hello

Recently someone asked what was special about 2010 in my life.  I’d say that this was a year of moving and big changes. 

I started the year teaching junior and senior English classes in Decatur, Illinois.  Even though I only lived there for a year, I met some amazing and inspiring people.  I learned so much from my students, my co-workers, my friends, and my experiences there.  I am so blessed to have friends there who are still praying for me as I serve and live in Japan.

In June I moved back to Iowa to live with my parents for a few months.  A few days after we moved my things, we moved my parents out of the only home I ever remember growing up in.  It’s still weird thinking about another family living there, but I hope they will be as happy in that home as I was.  My parents moved into a condominium for people 55 and older, so that was my home for a few months too.  I didn’t realize that I was such a rebel until I tried to dry some laundry on the balcony, but the residents quickly made a rule against that.  My summer gave me a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family before my next move.

At the end of September I made the move back to Japan.  The first time I moved to Tokyo was back in 2004 when I was right out of college, and being here again shows me how much I’ve grown and changed as a person since then.  What’s neat is that after getting together with some friends here, they can see some of those positive changes in me too.  It still seems a bit weird to go from being a teacher to being a student again, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to study Japanese.  People here are so kind and welcoming, and I am enjoying this time of studying, forming friendships, and serving in what ways I can.  In March I will be moving again, this time to Kumamoto, Japan, to teach junior high and high school English.

To be honest, I don’t really like moving, and would much rather be able to settle into a community to get rooted.  So, why do I keep moving?  Whenever I make big life decisions, I cover those decisions in prayer and truly desire to follow God’s will.  Some time ago I told God that I wanted to serve him and that I was willing to go wherever he’d send me.  I meant it when I said that and still do, so that seems to mean a lot of changes and adjustments for me, at least during 2010.  The best part is that wherever I go, God goes before me and prepares the way.  Even as I start thinking about my next move, I know that God will help me through the transition and has called me there for a reason.  I can’t wait to see what adventures and opportunities await me in 2011!

P.S. Please make sure to really enjoy time with your family this holiday season.  It is a luxury that people serving in the military and people serving as missionaries abroad don’t always get to enjoy.


  1. You are an inspiration! Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

  2. miss you Christine! It's weird to think just a short time ago you were once our neighbor!