A couple weekends ago, my friend Liz had a chance to go repelling with the JROTC group at the school where she teaches. She asked me and my friend Laura if we wanted to go, and we jumped at the chance! Our husbands had to go to an all-morning counselors meeting at their schools, so us girls got to go and be dare-devils together.
My friend Laura was fearless coming down the cliff! She was taking big leaps and grinning the whole time. It was the first time any of us had repelled, not counting rock-climbing at OKC Rocks (or whatever it's called now) in college.
Harnesses on, ready to go... just a little bit scared!
They let us use their army gear, which was really awesome (and really sweaty from the people before us)
Looking over the edge and getting ready to repel. Going down... ta-da!!!
We're back into the swing of things in Saipan. I've been back at work for a week, and took a hiking trip with my coworkers to Forbidden Island this Sunday. Brian came too, which made it even better, and we had 15 kids from my tutoring company show up for the hike.
Brian's been training hard for the XTerra race in March. He alternates between swimming, running, and biking each day. (The race is an off-road triathlon, with swimming in the ocean, mountain biking, and trail running.) I like to go sit on the beach in my beach chair and read a book while he does his 25 minutes of swimming in the ocean. My dad is visiting Saipan in March (!!!!!) and he will get to be here to see Brian race- he arrives a day before Brian's birthday!
Last week was a homesick week for me. I got spoiled getting to see my brother and mom and dad every day, and getting to spend lots of time with Kansas City friends and family. It was hard to say goodbye and know that I wouldn't see them again for at least 6 more months. The best cure for homesickness for me has been to jump into activities on the island and keep busy. Me and Brian got to spend tons of time together on this holiday weekend, which was absolutely wonderful. I'm really thankful for my group of girlfriends here, who have been so encouraging last week- they really are the best group of girls in the world!
Some things we are thankful for in Saipan right now:
- our church. we. love. it.
- having a car. It's been having some problems lately, but God's going to take care of it.
- the weather. It's tradewind season in Saipan, which means that there is always a breeze on the island. You can tell a major difference, and it just feels great to be outside, especially in the evenings.
Thanks for reading our blog, and please leave us a comment- we really miss you all! Rachel
This morning, due to some serious jet-lag, I was up at 5:20 with my husband, hanging out with him while he ate his breakfast. Why did he wake up this early? Because he biked to work (and back, 24 miles in all) of course! Brian's training for Saipan's XTerra race in march, and he was up at the crack of dawn to get some training in. That's my man!
One of the sweetest, most beautiful babies in the world! Brinley Sue Ray Whiteaker Brinley is the daughter of one of my very oldest friends', Ben, who grew up across the street from me and was my best friend when I was little. It was so wonderful hanging out with him and his awesome wife, Cassie, last night.
This is Kebs, and I love her to death! (Brinley's aunt) My "sis"- isn't she pretty??
As my husband and friends well know, I've had baby fever PRETTY bad for the last year or so. I cannot wait to have one of my own, but I know that we need to wait at least another year. It doesn't make it any easier, seeing all of my friends' beautiful babies while I've been home!
Ok, time for a sappy blog post... brace yourself. I love my husband and how thoughtful he is. I love traveling the world with him and learning to live in new cultures together. I love it how we still speak Chinese with each other and can understand it :) I love how comfortable it is to be together and that he is my favorite person to spend the day with. I can't wait to see my husband this weekend!