Hello friends and family that we love and miss!
Time for a little update.
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