That’s my daughter!!!!!!!!!!!!

For those of you who don’t know, my daughter is living and working in Japan. On the side, she’s been working on building her acting resume. She is convicted that the film industry has a real need for a Christian influence. Here she is in a commercial for Toyota!!

You can only see her for a tiny bit at about 1:98 in the video above. Here’s a screenshot:

Capture

O.K. That’s my little proud mama dance, lol.

I remember when I was homeschooling her and wondering what she would become and what she would do when she was grown up. I never dreamed she would live in Japan. I also never envisioned her in commercials (and other film work). I knew she had a purpose though, and that I was helping prepare her for it. It’s amazing to me that so many of the things I did back when I was homeschooling her, have helped in small ways to get her where she is now. We spent a lot of time learning about other cultures, and I believe God was beginning to prepare her heart for reaching other people. I also believe He was allowing her to explore and develop her gifts, like her love for languages and the arts, in ways she never would have been able to in a regular school setting.

I’m also glad He led her to attend our local jr. college, as NONE of her current opportunities would have unfolded via the previous college track we had planned on and hoped for, in the beginning. Who would have known she would get involved with Japanese students and a Japanese company in the middle of a cow town?! lol.  I think it’s hilarious that she runs into good friends so often in Japan. She’s thousands of miles away in the middle of Tokyo eating lunch with friends she met in a dinky little nothing town here in the states at a dinky little nothing jr. college. Cue in the music to “It’s a Small World”, lol. You would be amazed at all the little perfect storms in her life that I don’t have time to get into right now.  That’s God’s hand right there.

I’m so happy that she is getting to share her love of Christ with the Japanese, and of all the amazing things she is getting to do, as God throws so many doors wide open!

When you are working hard to teach your kids and fighting about math or stressing over which science program you are going to use, stop and remember that this time you have with them is fleeting. Your kids are going to grow up and move out and make their mark in the world, even though that may seem SO far away. It’s not. You are equipping them right this very moment for all of the things they are going to do. Let God lead you in the things you teach them, even if those things aren’t in the “usual” 4 year history cycle or whatever homeschool slave that’s driving you.

Don’t be afraid to do things a little differently or to spend time exploring interests that don’t always add up perfectly in your high school credits list, or that may not be in the current homeschool “vogue”. You just never know where it might lead and what impact it may have on your kids’s lives and the lives of the people they will touch in the future.

When my kids were little, we used to spend hours listening to radio programs in Asian languages just for fun. I had no idea why I did that, lol. Only now, I do. 😉 My daughter is reading and writing and speaking Japanese on a daily basis! What may have seemed like a waste of time (we weren’t actually LEARNING as we were just listening), may have helped her brain be more receptive to learning an Asian language.

It’s little goofy things like that, that added up and made a difference. Maybe your son likes to build paper models. Hey, that’s not school!! Or is it? Maybe someday he’s going to be an engineer. Maybe your daughter spends hours building little bead bracelets. Maybe someday her super developed motor skills will be enacted as her hands hover over someone’s heart in the middle of surgery. You just never know.

I’m so thankful for those precious years I had to teach my children. It’s exciting to see their lives unfold and to see that God’s hand was always working towards their futures, even when they were very small and I couldn’t see it in the day-to-day struggles.

Hang in there. It’s worth it.

Living in Japan

My daughter Hannah gave me permission to share some of the photos and details about her life in Japan. I find this kind of stuff fascinating, so I thought it would be appropriate to post here, lol. You can see first-hand what a previously homeschooled student is doing with her life as an adult! When she was younger and I was teaching her, I used to wonder what she would do/be when she grew up. Now I’m watching her life unfold into something so amazing!

A view from her window:

view from the window

She lives in a shared housing situation. It’s very interesting as it’s like a dormitory for working women. No men are allowed inside, not even family. There are staff that keep the common areas clean. Here’s a floor plan that shows how it’s laid out:

dormHannah has one of the little dorm rooms. They look like this inside:

dormroom2

There is a loft where you can put a futon to sleep. She actually put hers on the bottom level.

At the entrance of Japanese houses, you take your shoes off and exchange them for socks or slippers, and then you can step onto the higher level floor. You can sort of see that in the picture below with the shoes in an area that is a little lower than the main floor:

shoes

Here’s a picture of a temple she walked to recently:

temple

Notice the cherry blossoms:

cherry blossoms

I’ll be posting pictures of Hannah’s life in Japan from time to time. My next post about her will show her groceries and what she is eating over there!

Some of you are homeschooling little ones. Cherish that time, because it won’t be long and they will spread their wings and fly. 🙂 Hannah flew all the way to Japan, lol!