Yesterday was a fun filled day of getting lost in Okinawa while on foot and ended over 8 miles later with 3 tired travelers. We started out on a mission to get closer to the water and head toward the East China Sea side of the island. We knew we could get where we wanted by going right out of our apartment but our favorite thing to do in any new place is challenge ourselves to get lost in the hopes to find exciting things off the beaten path. Well… yesterday was no exception! We first discovered a few parks not far from where we live and they were beautiful! Coming from Texas we couldn’t get over how green everything is, not to mention there is such creativity in the common. We continued on many twists and turns as the many of roads we were on didn’t have a sidewalks… so we had to change our path several times. About 2/2.5 miles in we stumbled upon a unique establishment. We aren’t sure if it is was house, like the rest of the area, but the architecture and details were simply amazing… pictures just cannot do it justice. We cannot wait to learn more about the beautiful history of Okinawa and establishments such as this.
We continued on and had a good laugh as we searched for a cafe that I have been following on Instagram, they are known for their rainbow bagels! I knew G would enjoy the special treat, but after finally arriving to the location we discovered they are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays! FAIL on my part for not looking into that prior. But it lead us to the Front Man’s Cafe, it was simply adorable! We ate one of the best breakfast sandwiches we have ever had! And can we talk about the fresh blood orange juice!! It was in that moment we knew life was going to be OK! 🙂 After our short rest, we continued on to Sunset Beach and put our toes in the sand for the first time while here in Japan. The sun had finally come out after a cloudy morning and the water was so incredibly blue! It was the perfect “first impression”! G was a little nervous at first, but it didn’t take long before she literally jumped right in. It has been so amazing to see things through her eyes as we have taken on this adventure. All and all she has been amazing! She has her moments, but we try to remind ourselves that she has had her world turned upside down and other than her parents, a few books and small toys… everything is new! I am excited that she is learning resiliency at such a young age and has embraced the excitement that comes along with discovery. We had a moment of awe while watching her play in the water, she will learn so much about world at such a young age. Blessed and grateful doesn’t even begin to cover how we feel about the future here in Japan. I still wake up each morning unsure if this is all just a dream.
After our time at the beach, we decided to head to an area close by an called American Village in the Mihana, Chatan area. We thought we would settle down for some lunch with a cold beer! If the name didn’t give it away, there are a lot of American style restaurants and shopping. It is located right on the water with amazing views. We let G pick the restaurant and pizza was the choice… boy did she pick a delicious spot! The cold Orion beer wasn’t half bad either! We closed out the afternoon at the beach with some yummy ice cream from Blue Seal. No food guilt on today’s menu, at this point we had racked up about 6 miles of walking the city.
Once we were fat and happy we loaded up the kiddo in the stroller and headed for home. This time taking the easy 2 miles back taking the very nice paved sidewalks. ha ha Yes, if you are following the story…. going left out of the apartment took 6 miles to get to the destination and if we had gone right it would have taken only 2! BUT we would not have had the amazing day we did! After returning home the sun got the best of us and we all crashed for a late nap that ended 3 hours later…. oops, but always a sign of a great day!
The reason I entitled this blog post “Back to Basics” was because as we sat as a family playing a game before bed I reflected on the day and with the exception of taking photos for memories we just enjoyed each other. We weren’t occupied by technology or off in our own worlds. We were together as a family, enjoying all the wonders of world and feeling the blessing of the Lord upon us. Even in the hardest moments of this transition, I truly feel like I am right where I am suppose to be. I am not foolish to realize that making such a huge leap of faith doesn’t come without peaks and valleys, but with God, my hubby and sweet baby G…. nothing is impossible. The past few days have taught me so much about myself and pushed me completely out of my comfort zone….. but each day I wake up in awe at the peace I feel about where I am at. It is not a peace because life is perfect, it’s a peace that there is so much more planned for this life than I could never have imagined for myself. Letting go is the hardest thing to do, but has proven to be the most rewarding.
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela
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