In December of 2008 Brian Hartenstein and family left America for an adventurous life overseas to live and work throughout Asia, raising three daughters with a sense of wonder and awe at the possibility of the world. It is now 2016 and the adventure continues back home in Oregon. This blog remains as a time capsule to that period. Thank you so much to all our friends around the world. Please stay in touch. We miss you all!
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Christmas in Osaka Japan
And then... It was Christmas Time. Christmas in Osaka, Japan. Just like that
Traveling through Osaka, we came upon a little German enclave in the city with their annual Christmas festival and of course... we had to stop and get in the holiday spirit.
It's been seven years in Asia. Seven long and arduous years. So much has changed.
My daughters have grown.
They've found their way into the world.
Sometimes I think, we've passed through fire together.
Standing there, under the big German / Japanese Christmas tree, my thoughts turn toward this little light that has always seemed to distant and dim. It's burning bright these days. Brighter still the closer I come to home.