Saturday Sights: Churaumi Aquarium


A few people asked for more photos from out trip to the aquarium. Here they are and as you can see it sits on land with a view. It’s quite the peaceful experience.



Wholesome Wednesday: Living Room Reveal & Transformation



Y’all, we couldn’t help ourselves! Christmas decorations are up and making our spirits even brighter. I realized that we transformed our living room before we even revealed the original space.  Are you thankful or what?! I just happend to photographically document just about  everything. This was one of the requests we received from a few of our readers! If we could post more photos. Of course, and here they are!

Of course, the year that Jake and I decide to get a real tree for Christmas becomes the year that we don’t have a tree at all. We gave away our fake tree before moving here and we don’t want to buy another one at the crazy prices here. Yes, we could order online but that just doesn’t feel the same so we decided to forgo the christmas tree while stationed here. I know it’s so sad and if I was with you I would be handing you some kleenex. I also was in tears with our daughter Lyianna when neighbors broke the news. Japan doesn’t have Christmas trees nor is America able to ship real ones over here for our military communities. They used to from what I heard but due to pests live trees are no longer allowed through customs.

Let your tears be turned to laughter and joy with this new custom of a stocking Christmas tree! Jake and I did a quick one hour make over of our home during the girls nap time last weekend. We decided to get creative and utilize what decor we did bring. We are only here in Japan temporarily so this seemed perfect and we officially have a tree! The girls apparently didn’t actually sleep so instead of going upstairs to enforce the nap we brought them downstairs to surprise them.

Can can you all just imagine how surprised a two and six-year-old were when we told them this was our tree?




Wholesome Wednesday: Learning Studio




Chalkboard: Hobby Lobby | Metal Baskets: Hobby Lobby | Rug: Hobby Lobby | Metal Shelves: Ikea | Table & Stools: Ikea | Paper Stool: Ikea | Black Baskets: Exchange 

Hello y’all. I posted a photo on Facebook with the girls playing school in their learning “studio” and received a few messages requesting to see the room. Of course, people asked where I got some of the stuff and if I had pictures of the process. Yes, I do! I also added the info to where we got our pieces from in the last photo caption for you. You’re so very welcome!

This little space was a necessity for Jacob and I. We actually did not have this in our previous home and it is all brand new. We took about a year deciding what we do with a space for the girls. We didn’t want another play space. We have nothing against a playroom or play area. We had one for years. In the last move however our girls lost an interest for toys. They began taking interest in other things to occupy time with. So we began the slow pre-move purge. We gave away all of their toys away except their American Girls stuff. You could say the American Girl stage began for us. It really instilled a different kind of play and learning.

Lyianna began only wanting to play with these dolls and read the books. During this time she really started concentrating on reading more than anything else. In reading so much she began to accelerate her love of learning. She began playing school all of the time and asked for a classroom in the next home. We also had a good friends, the Pelayos, who had a homeschool room that she loved and asked to use as inspiration. We started with the table as a focal point. She needed to be able to do homework, art and play with her dolls. We did an Ikea haul before leaving Texas and during that shopping spree Jacob chose this table. He loved that it came with stools opposed to chairs and that they were adjustable. It is perfect for the girls as they grow over the years. So this room is inspired from her love of art, learning and the Pelayos family.

I can’t tell you enough how much these girls love this room. They color in their coloring books, do homework, we practice spelling tests, play school, Jacob leaves daily notes to Lyianna and the latest is Origami creations on this table. As you can see from the photos it is also a space that can easily be altered with subtle decor changes. I love that I can bring it to life with each season. The rug is my favorite part of it. It’s a bible verse!

Do you have a space you love watching your kids be kids in? Share with me!



Tuesday Thoughts: Together


Lyianna recently realized that her favorite t-shirt didn’t fit anymore. This was not only saddening for her but us too. It’s a reminder of how quickly our children grow. Lyianna is six and a half now but has been wearing this t-shirt since she was three years old. That’s how slow I thought time was going. Boy was I off! It really does feel like just yesterday we rushed out to buy this TCU top for college spirit day. It feels like only weeks ago she was begging to wear this everyday because she was tired of wearing a uniform. She thought it would be better to wear this shirt to make her kindergarten teacher happy. See her teacher was alumni. This shirt sure made this girl happy and proud. Wearing it even gave her a small sense of belonging especially when she missed home.

With moving to Japan we have had to restart the process of finding and adjusting to wear we belong. It is hard some days and easier others. On the hard days we miss our people, doing life with them, and being comfortable. On the easier days we just enjoy being together. Most of our time together however is just staying home. Which got us thinking that we really need to get out more to explore and make experiences since our time here will go faster than it feels. We get asked often how we could be prayed for and helped through this journey and so we wanted to respond to this support. Our response is more of a question actually.

Will you do this with us?  That is how we wanted to answer. We have received a few requests to blog about certain experiences and take pictures of certain sites. This was motivating! We have a couple of friends who are even making lists of what they want us to go experience, photograph and write about for them. They think they may never have the chance to visit and so this was a way for them to get a close up experience. By the way they seem to know about things we have never heard of or knew about. Because of this we are forced to research and plan adventures. It is causing us to get to know our new “home” in a creative way. It’s fun and in a way still doing life together.

A friend recently shared a blog post that was about togetherness. Which is what I personally miss most and this verse was perfect for today and our request for a unique togetherness.

Hebrews 10:24-25

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”




P.S. What happens to the TCU t-shirt now ? It got passed down to Camrielle!


Mini Me Monday: Purple Plaid & Waffles


Dresses: Nordstrom Rack


Good morning from Japan! Good evening and afternoon too.  I see that we have readers in different times zones all over the world! Thank you so much for reading and following us!  Last Monday’s momentum was a little quicker than today’s. I stayed up late going to church back home. This was online of course. So I’m a little tired and slow today. I had to force myself out of the house because I promised to answer some of y’alls questions.

I received so many questions about the previous waffle post and thought I would take the time to answer those who asked. I’m actually writing to you all from the little Japanese waffle shop we blogged about last month. Unfortunately, I am not enjoying their delicious waffles this morning because I opted for their delicious Spinach Egg Benedict instead. I thought about giving into the delicious temptation though!

First, I was asked if I should be eating the waffles. When I read this I had so much love because y”all are keeping me accountable to my autoimmune protocol diet. Thank you! However, I totally should not have eaten them. I did get a tiny bit sick and I definitely learned my lesson. I do not regret the experience though. I was also asked if this is why I didn’t write about the waffles. I laughed so hard. No, the answer is no. I left the post blank because in the moment I felt the pictures spoke for themselves, lol. Apparently not! Just so you know I did go back and write about the experience a few days later. You can read the updated post here.

Second, I was asked if I had any Instagram videos of my experience. I think I do I basically do take photos and videos for our girls to watch later in life. I just don’t post immediately or even same day as to not be on my phone as much. I am very intentional about being in the moment with my family when we are together. I will look for the videos and more pics to post on Insta stories!

Third, I was asked if I had taken photos of us together in our matching outfits. Come on, you know I did! Can you see how much the girls are growing in their confidence? They do all their own poses without instruction. I was also asked where I got the girls dresses. I captioned that in the last photo above. I actually do this 99% of the time with clothes! Sometimes I do provide the link to shop directly for that item!

I actually love getting questions because it makes this so much more fun! Please keep them coming! Y’all have actually asked so many about this and other posts that you have inspired a Q&A post, would you like that?



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