Well, this trip was a bit of a disaster. To make a long story short, we flew into Tokyo, rented a car with the plan to make the beautiful four hour drive West to Nagano for the weekend. We never made it there... we got lost, the highways were closed, and the main roads weren't plowed. So not even a foot of snow made the roads impassable. We were so confused - Japan, you get snow every Winter, what was going on?! We spent 11 hours stuck behind semi trucks. Our phones died, we had no idea where we were. Cam white-knuckled it on ice trying to get us out of that mess. We were literally about a centimeter away a good five or six times from collisions. I needed to throw up after spending the car trip in the back seat, trying to keep John calm. We finally made it back to Tokyo around 2am, spent a day there and got on an early flight back home.
There was good too, though! My husband was absolutely amazing, the entire trip. He stayed calm and patient, cracked jokes, and navigated through the labyrinth of downtown Tokyo with a Japanese GPS while John Shea screamed the entire way!! No, we cannot read kanji. I honestly fell even more in love with him this weekend. I'm thankful too that we were able to laugh together about everything that was going wrong. Disaster trips happen.. they've happened to us before, and I don't doubt that we'll have more. This weekend made us so thankful for all of the amazing travels we've had, for each other, and how the Lord provided for us. It was by the grace of God that we didn't get in an accident, that He provided a place for us to stay, guided us when we were totally lost, and gave us a great afternoon before we left. We stayed in Narita the night before we flew out and stumbled upon the adorable little town. We wandered the main street lined with shops, bakeries, sushi and soba restaurants and darling cafes that led to the Narita temple. We tried chicken on a stick, Japanese sweet potatoes and a warm treat made with natto beans that was actually delicious.