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We have moved!

Hello, readers!

If you are interested in continuing to follow our family and blogging adventures, please visit our new site! We have recently moved to:

http://www.theharunafamily.com

The site is still somewhat under construction, as we try out new formatting options and etc.. however, we’ve already started to blog, and hope that you will be interested in continuing to share life with us at our new site!

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We hope to see you there!

God bless.

– The Harunas (Hannah & Masashi)

Great Expectations

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On the facts and fiction of marriage, by Hannah and Masashi.

It’s been a little under a year of marriage, and I remember the articles I read and the advice I heard that claimed that marriage would lose its honeymoon sparkle sometime between 6 months to a year after the wedding (some even claimed as quickly as 3 months). Fortunately, such claims have yet to come true of our marriage, and while we have not yet reached the one year milestone, it is safe to say that our relationship only grows stronger.

To my single and engaged friends, I want to offer comfort (and warning) that marriage can be very different from the expectations which we might bring into it. (more…)

A future and a hope

0816f0595255c51fd3e0e31ed8e9cc04On expectations and faith, by Hannah.

It’s incredible the places God can take us, if we trust Him.

My life is full of events that I “didn’t intend to happen” – unexpected catalysts that catapulted me into the place where I am today. Events that never would have taken place without a lot of soul-searching and prayer. Proof to me that faith is enough, and that it can move us in ways we never imagined to be possible.

I was supposed to be a nurse. At least, that is what some thought. (more…)

Raindrops and shared umbrellas

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On an anniversary and the story of a year’s happiness, by Hannah.

A week ago (on January 29th), I celebrated a one year anniversary with my husband, Masashi. Incredibly, the date does not signify our wedding anniversary, but rather a year since we’ve been together as a couple.

On a rainy day much like this afternoon, a young man offered me his umbrella, and more significantly, offered to start a relationship with marriage in mind. I had made his acquaintance through choir in church, but at first I didn’t notice him much. However, that same year our choir held a retreat, and we both attended. One early morning, I went walking in the forest with a friend, and we heard a strong voice. (more…)

The island life..

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On living overseas, by Hannah.

I have often been asked about what it is like to live in Japan. Immigrant, foreigner, visa-holder – call it what you like, there is a lot of curiosity around what it is like to move to another country.. and stay there. The expectation is that some people take a gap year, and many tour around to become “globally-minded” and well-traveled, but fewer put down roots in another country.

It took me a while before I felt credible enough to write about living here. There are lots of people who have lived in Japan much longer than myself (a Canadian co-worker of mine has been here for at least 20 years), and it takes a while to feel that you really belong, or have any right to a new place, beyond surface exploration. (more…)

Life is pain, highness..

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On weaknesses and blessings, by Hannah. While I have been called as headstrong as Joan of Arc, and despite having a background in dance and a few sports, I have never been a person particularly gifted with physical strength. My husband sometimes jokingly refers to me as the “pain monster” – meaning that I am almost always in some kind of pain. Whether it’s accidentally dropping a suitcase on my hip the evening after getting married (leaving a giant purple bruise that didn’t quite match my expectations of bridal skin-care), twisting my feet, a toothache, a fever, catching pneumonia – and so on and so on.. it’s his tongue-in-cheek nickname for his sickness-prone wife. (more…)