Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sweet Reminder

I had a special moment with Luke this week that made me so proud and happy and wanted to document it. So backstory first, when I visited home and stayed with Kaylee a bit this summer, one thing that I admired and noticed was they always prayed in the car before leaving home. She would buckle up the three kids and we would pray each time we left. I thought it was such a good idea, and wanted to get into the habit myself and teach Luke to pray before entering the world and leaving the house. I honestly have been so bad at remembering though and probably do it 60% of the time. This week. we were on our way to the park and I had opened the door of the house and asked Luke if he was ready to go, he then shut the door and said, "no, mom pray!" in his sweet voice. It was just the reminder I needed and was a tender moment this week.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Four Years: 5/23

"Before I got married, I was surprised at how often I heard some form of the sentiment, "Get ready, marriage is HARD!" It seemed that everyone was eager to prepare me for the mountains ahead and ensure that I wasn't entering naively. . . 

THE TRUTH IS. . . life is hard. Marriage is what you make it. If you can find a teammate who wants to succeed and you're both willing to work for it, nothing can stop you."

I read the quote above on ' The Small Seed' instagram post and it really resinated. So grateful to have Riley as my teammate and how dedicated he is to our little family. This past month we celebrated four years of marriage (with sushi dinner obviously). We have officially spent most of our marriage living abroad (and before in Hawaii, so kinda funny that we have never lived in the mainland).  It has been so bonding and unifying being on our own and away though as we've had to be so reliant on each other and the Lord. 

Four years seems like such short amount of time, when I consider the adventures and experiences we have had together. I feel like I've known Riley for so long and hard to imagine what life was like before him. Grateful for these past four years, the good and the bad and having each other through both. 

"We cover each other's weaknesses, we amplify each other's strengths and together we win as a team"- Riley's marriage advice from Steph Curry.  

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Enoshima Island

"Enoshima" Artist: Hokusai
This past weekend we ventured out to Enoshima, a little offshore island just under an hour and half from home. We explored the Iwaya caves which were a place that Buddhist monks train. The caves were lined with cool stone carvings and fun to walk through (the last couple times we have been here they were closed from Hurricane damage).  We also took a little boat ride and just enjoy the views and just being next to the ocean. We caught a little baby crab in a tide pool and Luke and Riley loved watching the waves crash against the rocks over and over. 

You can make out Mt. Fuji on the horizon

We passed an ice cream store with pretty crazy flavors: jelly fish, seaweed, white bait fish. .. 

Rainy Day

 Last Tuesday, it rained from sunrise to sunset. We had plans to meet a new friend but canceled because of the heavy downpour. However, Luke had no plans to stay indoors despite the rain. He got a pair of rain boots for his birthday and has been wearing them almost everyday since (rain or shine) and loves the fact he can put them on himself. So, he put them on and then got my shoes and took my hand insistently and we spent a few hours at the park among the puddles. It was so fun we ended up coming back after lunch for more. It was such an unexpected good day together I had to document it.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Poppys in Bloom

Last weekend, we went to Showa Kinen Park and rented bikes and rode around this pretty national park. It has turned into a tradition every season to go to this park. It is one of the biggest parks in Japan and has so much to do for kids and is beautiful. Last year when we were here biking we came across these hills and hills covered in poppys. It was SOO magical and I have been looking forward to coming back during spring again since then! Here is the post from last year HERE. Funny to see how much Luke has grown this past year. It was such a good day this year too playing at the parks and among the poppys. 
 Playing with these boys are my favorite, Luke was in Heaven.