May 2010 - What a difference a year makes! Where to start? Kevin moved to
Tennesee in January to start High School in the States. The school where I was working in Koriyama almost
went bankrupt and decided they didn't need me after I finished building all the curriculum and trained all the other
staff.... so I took a month and a half off, went to Thailand (check out video at left) and got my TESOL (Teaching
English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate FINALLY! Hard class, but really worth it. It's
really helped me with my teaching. Planned to move to the States from May (packed and everything) when a
last minute offer that was too good to turn down came my way, so I'm still here in Miharu.
Kevin is doing great in HS in TN. We are so grateful to my sister's family for taking him in.
He is doing well in school, in two different bands (he plays electric guitar - check out videos at left) and has a girlfriend!
We stay in touch thru Facebook and Skype so we don't miss eachother too much.
My new job is the Headmaster of my very own English immersion preschool and language school in
Koriyama. The owner is this wonderful Canadian man who has a school in Fukushima City and is allowing me to start a
branch school in Koriyama. Wish me LUCK! So that's what's up with us.
March 2009 - Shoulder surgery went well, and I made a complete recovery. Thanks for all
your kind messages and support. Thanks especially to Kevin and Becky for taking good care of me while I was recovering.
November 2008 - I have published three children's books in English for English immersion preschools.
One is a Halloween book and the other is a Christmas book. They will both be available via Amazon.com or other online
bookstores later, but for now, you can order from my publisher.
July 2008 - Our dear mother, Phyllis, passed away in Rice Lake this month. She would have turned
84 in August. It is hard to say good-bye, but at the same time it is a relief that she is out of pain. She has
been in and out of the hospital a lot with pneumonia this year. We will miss her terribly. I suspect she is already
planning a hoe-down in heaven with dad, after that fishing trip with Mr. Muto, and a picnic/concert with our brothers Kevin
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