This family truly adopted me while I was in Japan. I met the Nakagawas at church, and over the year they have invited me to stay at their house for multiple days at a time. Every time I go over, sister Nakagawa greets me with a big hug and says, “Welcome home!”
Yesterday after church I went to visit them again. We played games, ate dinner, and tried to teach each other songs in our native languages. After the kids went to bed, the parents and I did our usual tradition of sitting around the kitchen table, with them giving me fresh mint tea along with invaluable life advice. That’s always one of the highlights of my visits.
The next morning I got up to eat breakfast with the family and hug the kids on their way out the door for school. After everyone left, sister Nakagawa and I went to visit her parents’ shop in a town nearby. Her parents are as sweet as she is. They treated me to lunch, showed me around their shop, and sent me home with a few traditional Japanese souvenirs.
When the kids got back from school we played games, made dinner, and then had Family Home Evening. Everyone came along to drop me off at the train station when it was time for me to head home. I’m glad I got to have one more perfect visit with them to add to all the other wonderful memories I have with them from this year.
I’m so blessed.