**Another draft from 2017!!!!! We obviously don't live abroad at this time. A lot has changed! Maybe I'll write about that some other time. But for now...
The world of blogging came to a halt for quite some time. I'm not sure that I have any readers left, and that is okay. This has been a diary of sorts for me to look back on. Blogging has been a way for me to share Christ, losing Ethan, our homeschooling journey, plus some humorous stories here and there (see this post for humor).
Where do I even begin? Life simply just got busy, and I didn't have a lot of time to devote to writing. In honesty, I ended up taking a year hiatus from social networking. Shut down my Facebook. Hubby deployed. We joined Hubby in Germany for a month. Came home. Then Hubby returned. He was promoted. And then the news came...Japan. Listed house. Sold it. Cried a little (or maybe a lot). Said goodbye to La Vernia, TX and our friends and family.
After a whirlwind of events, we are now living in Japan, of all places! Nope, we are NOT in the tropical region. We aren't even in the Tokyo metropolis area. Let's just say we get a lot of snow.
And that leads to glass floats. We have become novice beachcombers since moving here nearly a year ago. We had never even heard of these things until moving here. Now they are a favorite around the house, especially with our son. These floats were used in fishing all different types of fish and sea creatures, which is why they come in all shapes and sizes. Glass was the material used years ago, but today most fishing floats are plastic. To find one on the Pacific beaches of Northern Japan or in Mutsu Bay (Aomori Prefecture area) is really to find a rare treasure! There are even books written on these sea treasures! To the Japanese they are "gomo" or garbage, but to an American who knows what they are (I cannot speak for other cultures), they're a treasure!
We now adorn our yard and a bit of the inside of our home with these treasures. If there's one thing we miss about Japan, it's beachcombing for glass floats!!!