Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

This year was full of adventure and fun!! 

We spent some time exploring the island, Kokosai Street, 
Kokosai St
Kokosai St

Kokosai St

Okinawa World
Okinawa World and the caverns, 

Look Jacob is a Shisa!!

Yep that is a real snake! Apparently a lucky one!

Forest Adventure zip lining,

Zip Lining!

Naval Underground

as well as the Naval Underground.

acting silly at the Aquarium park

We also visited the Aquarium again this year.

The kids were both very involved in church activities as well as sports. 

Jacob played two seasons of baseball on two different teams. 
Kadena Rays Youth Baseball

Kadena Rays Baseball

MCCS Youth Baseball

MCCS Cardinals

He also went with the Youth to help with a clean up day at a local Japanese Christian school.
Youth helping at Okinawa World Missions

Christina played a season of soccer. 

Kadena Hornets Soccer

Soccer season Fall 2013

She had her first piano recital and did really well! I was so proud. She really picked it up quickly.

Ms. Kaitlyn
First Piano Recital

Raced a car in the 2013 Neighborhood 500 Pinewood Derby and lead the GM Pledge.

Saying the Pledge at the Pinewood Derby

Pinewood Derby car

Christina also participated in the Kadena Elementary Talent show.

KES' Talent Show

KES has Got Talent

Honor Roll

Of course she made the Honor Roll!

Honor Roll


 More fun activities at church. Mother's Day Hula, 
Mother's Day Hula

Easter Picnic

 NAGC Easter Picnic 

Girls Ministries Sleepover at the Church.
Girls Ministries Sleepover

Several School field trips. To a local Okinawan School.

School Field Trip

                          Macaroni Grill
Girls on a school field trip

State project.

TN state project

It is so hard to believe that Jacob is an 8th grader and Christina is in 5th!!

8th Grade

5th Grade

 Christina is in 5th!
They have both done so well in school I am so very proud of all the hard work they put in. (most of the time)

It is even more unbelievable that I will have a high schooler and a middle schooler next school year!!

We are gearing up for another upcoming year of change! After the first of the year we will begin planing our upcoming move back to the good old USA!
We are so excited to finally make the move we have been working on for the last 15 yrs getting to East Tennessee!
It is so amazing to see how God has worked through this crazy 5 year journey. I am so grateful and blessed that the lessons are becoming more and more evident every day. It is really amazing to see how God stripped what I thought was important to me away in order to change my priorities and way of thinking. I am so grateful to have been able to spend the time with my kids as they have matured and grown. I have been so blessed to see them mature and grow here in Okinawa. They are both very strong leaders and love the Lord. It has been amazing to see how we have all learned to rely more on one another as well. We have been so blessed here in Okinawa with great friends and an amazing church family who has loved on us and who genuinely cares for us. THAT is going to be the hardest thing to leave! God has His reasons and timing right! So, on to the next season!

We pray you all have a wonderful and Merry Christmas and a very blessed 2014!

Much love,
Keith, Alicia, Jacob and Christina