I know it has been a while since my last post I’ll try to give you a rundown of what we have been up to.

In March we had our first visitors!!!! We were so happy that Caleb’s parents were able to come and visit.  We had fun showing them this big city and sharing our home.  Here are some pictures of our time together.  The kids were also on spring break so they got some good time with Grandma and Grandpa too.  The game of the week was “ticket to ride”  We took an open air tour bus, enjoyed hanami (cherry blossom viewing), tasted sake (rice wine), played games, worked on quilting, visited Tokyo tower and parks and more.

Here are some pictures of their time here. (click arrows on side of pictures to scroll)

Loren and Colleen visit Tokyo


Caleb’s job has gotten a bit busier now since the  spring.  He is regularly visiting physicians throughout the region.  Sometimes these are overnight trips and sometimes just for a day or evening.  Because of the geography of Japan he often flies or takes a shinkansen (bullet train).  I was explaining this to someone recently, as another way our lives in Japan are different. When we lived in the US we drove a lot.  We would drive an hour or 8 hours.  Taking a flight to another location in the midwest was not something we did often.  He also has a new title as EP Business Director and has a team directly reporting to him!  In many ways he is just now getting the position and leadership he came here for.  We are both hoping that he is able to better lead and make change to to organization in this new role.