ADIOS CALIFORNIA...I'm moving to Japan

Yesterday I was eating a quesadilla with homemade guacamole and my favorite hot sauce of the moment - Franks. While I was seeing how far my cheese could stretch without breaking *be honest, you do that too*... I had an epiphany... 

No Mexican food exists in the land of the rising sun. This could be my last quesadilla with Franks hot sauce...EVER. EVERRRRR.

Okay, slightly dramatic, but in 10 days I'm kissing my family and mexican food goodbye and moving to the motherland. You might be asking yourself questions like, why is amie moving to Japan? How could she possibly leave those adorable nieces and nephews she has? *i know* And...How long is she going for? 

To make a long story short my answer is...

I'm moving to Kashiwa, Japan *google map it* to teach High School English. I will be there for at least a year, hopefully longer, and will miss my nieces and nephews more than the Seahawks missed their opportunity in the Superbowl *bad American joke* But real talk - I bought a one way ticket and I'm moving to JAPAN!  

There are currently a lot of emotions rolling through my mind on a minute-to-minute basis. Despite all the scary emotions like.. fear, uncertainty, and the reality of leaving everyone I know and love - I feel confident that this is for my good and for God's glory.  I could go on and on about this, so if you really care to hear you can ask me and I'd love to share.

But for now, I'll end with a few photos from the last time I was in Japan (2005) aka 10 years ago aka the most awesomely-awkward stage of anyone's life. I went to Japan to play basketball with the Yonsei program and I distinctly remember how insanely hot the gym was that we played at which forced us to eat ice cream every 2 hours *glorious*.  I also remember staying at my homestay's house which was literally ON A RICE PATTY, eating the most amazing fluffy delicious rice I have ever eaten and then spending the rest of the trip roaming the city with some of my best friends. If that's any indication of how I'll feel actually living in Japan as an adult - then I couldn't be more excited! 

 So here's to adventure, to living and working abroad, to facing fears and trusting God, to learning a new language and a new culture, embracing change and challenges along the way, and testifying the goodness and grace of God in the nation of Japan!  I AM SO STOKED! 

But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God. ACTS20.24