Our Last Fall on Okinawa

Monday, November 4, 2013


Yoshiko-san & Setoku-san! 


Best neighborhood flower shop, bar none


The beach down the street where our John was baptized!


We were walking through our neighborhood last night feeling nostalgic. We're into our last "Fall" on this special island. Everyone told us when we arrived over two years ago that the time would fly by and that each year would go faster. Oh my gosh has it ever. This week we started planning our last trips. 

We stopped and said konbanwa to a couple of our Japanese neighbors and realized again how special it is to be friends with them... they welcomed us with open arms when we moved here.. watched me through my whole pregnancy, so excited to meet John, and now so happy to dote on our incredibly tall American baby with beautiful blue eyes. It's a gift to live amongst this lovely culture and people. For that and a hundred other reasons, we're really thankful it isn't time to leave just yet.


PS. Okinawa's Fall is just a milder, kinder summer, but mainland Japan is spectacular during this season:
We walked through a forest at the foot of Mount Fuji to an outdoor onsen this time last year
/// and explored gorgeous Kyoto beside real life geisha two Falls ago.

21 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful! Do you guys know where you will be going next?

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    1. thanks, Kait.. we don't know yet, but we have a better idea. we should know for sure by March I think!

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  2. I've loved watching your journey these past 2 years! It's been ah-mazing to watch and can't imagine how awesome it would be to live there! I too want to know... Do you know where you are going next?

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    1. thanks, Mands!

      no, not yet... hopefully soon we will!

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  3. What a wonderful gift to have been able to spend so much time learning a new culture and experiencing a new place.

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  4. I was just thinking how amazing it is that you get to document all of this and will have so many special memories stored in a place where you'll be able to go back in time and reminisce about everything you experienced here! (including having your sweet baby!)

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  5. AHHH so sad I never came to visit but so thankful we got to live vicariously through YOU and your amazing pics! Give John a sweet kiss from me!
    love, lanneybear

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    1. he says he loves you auntie lanneybear!

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  6. I have been so thankful that you have openly shared your journey with us in such a beautiful and graceful way these last couple of years! I, like many others have been able to experience a culture and an area that we would never have been able to without your blog! I can't wait to hear where the Lord leads you next and to keep reading all of your adventures!
    Rebecca :)

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    1. aww Rebecca, you are always, always so sweet and encouraging. thank you!! I'm really excited to hear where we're going next to... hopefully in the short upcoming months!

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  7. He IS a tall baby! Lovely pictures. I can't wait to see where your life takes you next!

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  8. He's gotten so big! Wow, I can't believe you guys are leaving soon... Okinawa has been such a big part of your lives/blog! Can't wait to see where life takes you to next...

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  9. What absolutely gorgeous pics! Makes me want to move there!!!

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  10. So beautiful Amanda! And how lucky you are to experience such an amazing culture and landscape. I'm sure your little one will appreciate the pictures and stories when he grows up :) xoxo

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  11. Loved these:) Have you found out where you are going? Been praying it Europa!!! love you

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    1. thanks for your prayers!! no, don't know yet... but I'll tell you as soon as we do!

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  12. So lovely...looking forward to vicariously following along on your last Okinawa adventures!

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  13. Okinawa looks so beautiful - must be hard to leave this special place! But change is good and I am sure you will have a wonderful time whereever you get send next! x

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  14. you take the most BREATHTAKING photos of any blogger that I follow. Every time I visit your blog I just want to move to Japan! Thank you for sharing bits of your life with us. I see from the other comments that you guys don't know where you will be going yet, I am anxious to hear where the Lord will take you next!

    your dedicated follower from Alabama,
    Ragan

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    1. Ragan. I love you!
      Thank you!!

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  15. The toes on that little man! He's going to be so tall! Gorgeous pictures...enjoy every minute of it!

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