Good evening friends!
The "wow, we are actually leaving in less than a week" realization has invited itself into our daily thoughts and prayers, thus we are finding ourselves overwhelmed. We've kept busy to ward off any unwelcome thought trains:
last minute friend and family visits
new batman movie
old Law and Order SUV and Scrubs episodes
Great news! Our visas came in on Saturday, this means we will actually be allowed into Japan, what a relief! Tomorrow we get our second and last round of the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine, preceding a celebratory trip to Wild River Country (Arkansas' Beach Within Reach!) :)
In addition to our departure, we are also preparing for our last event fundraiser with friends and family. We so look forward to sharing a meal with loved ones.
We ask for your prayers especially at this point in our journey--we feel these next 2 weeks will be some of the hardest as we prepare our bodies, minds, and spirits for the reality of a year away from the only life we've known for 22 years. It is comforting to know that we have your support every step of the way.
We'll leave you with some photos from our past week!
Friends in Christ,
Doug and Jenny