Monday, October 29, 2012

the Catch Up email!

I don't know how this happened, but I feel like I haven't had time to write a decent email in ages so all of my pictures are piling up on my SD card! I was flipping through them last night and realized I had a problem. So I think at first I'll just take a brief moment and send a bunch of them with descriptions. Sound ok? I thought so!

First up: this week. Just so that I don't get even more behind. These are the current Ebetsu missionaries!

We went to dinner at a member's house yesterday and it was her daughters birthday, so the day before we took some pics together to make a fabulous birthday card. The birthday dinner was a lot of fun too. It was at the Funamizu's, and they invite over to their house (that is a good thirty minute drive away in the middle of nowhere) a lot. It was my third time there. Before they even gave us a whole watermelon! The highlight of it this time was a Baskin & Robbins ice cream cake.

So one of the reasons I haven't been able to write much lately is because everyone celebrated President Evan's birthday last week! Around 40 or so missionaries all came to the mission home where we ate the traditional cake and ice cream, and then headed over to the close-by Maruyama Koen for some sports. We played a gianourmous game of ultimate frisbee (like 20 vs 20). It was hilarious, and then some people split off for soccer. I got to borrow a mountain bike for the day too, which was a fun change!

After transfers we had a one-day companion exchange. It was a lot of fun, and I got to work with Tsukiji Shimai, who is super smart and was studying to be a judge before coming here. She goes home to resume her studies soon, so I was excited to get to work with her!

So the end of this last transfer was super sad, because my trainer (first companion in the field of Japan) Masuda Shimai went home! So we took some pics before she disappeared back into normal life, including one with all of her companions who were still here. 

Dinner at the Takamatsu's, and hanging out with Taki Kun!

Last lunch of the last district -- sushi!

Ok, and I have thirty or so seconds left so that is it! I need to work on finding a better balance of being able to send emails with both words and pictures... I always forget that everyone doesn't know what I am doing all of the time, even though all of my communication is one email a week! I think my mind is still in instant communication mode, and just forgets that I'm not doing it, haha. I should definitely work on getting some more spiritual stuff in here though.. It's just so hard to do in a tiny time limit! Good practice for newspaper deadlines though. Although, I think those are more generous most times...

And time is up! I love you all so so so incredibly much!

Scripture of the week:
John 21:25 (Bible, New Testament)
And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Japanese word of the week:
kinbuntenkan ni = for a change of pace

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