Sunday, July 29, 2007

Closer and Closer

It's hard to believe that the day for us to leave for Japan is getting closer. We are at 16 days and counting down. We will fly out on the 6th of August for Seattle where we will spend a couple of days with Jason's sister and some of Jason's college friends. We are really excited about this time to relax in our favorite part of America...the west coast.

After seeing friends and family we will fly out from Seattle on August the 14th for the Tokyo/Narita Airport. We will be living in Sagamihara-Shi (city) in the Kanagawa(State) Prefecture. To most, this may mean absolutely nothing so in effort to try to clarify our where abouts go to the link below to gain a visual of our location.
Directions for link:
1. Under "Search By Words" click on the letter "K"
2. Under "List of Prefectures" click on "Kanagawa"
3. At this point, a map of the Kanagawa Prefecture should pop up and the city where we will be living is "Sagamihara
4. You can scroll down to the bottom of the new page that should have popped up and under "Other Local Information of Kanagawa Prefecture" you can browse around and find some beautiful pictures of the region we will be staying in.

Also, to learn more about the teaching we will be doing you can go to the website,

We will be writing more soon and if you want to know our physical address you can email me at

Love, Grace, and peace to you all!
The Kuipers

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

My Intro

So....I have a blog and seeing as how this is my first post I will make a few disclaimers and maybe a stab at my reasoning for writing this blog.

First of all....I'm not a very good writer and I always lost during the first round of my 3rd grade class room spelling bee's so please understand my frequent misspelled words, so please don't expect perfection or deep, profound thoughts.

Second, I am about to move to Japan with my husband and this blog is a way to update all of our dear friends and family about our adventure in a new culture, a new land, and new jobs. We will be teaching english to the Japanese citizens. We are very excited and don't quite know what to expect. I have done a lot of reading but I need to experience things to really know what all is going on. Please pray for us when you think about it.

Third, to all of our beloved friends and family who take time out of your busy day to read my thoughts and to read about what is going on in our lives....I am humbled that you would do so.

We are going to miss you heart groans and aches.....We love you!