A Season for Growth

Many years ago I was a part of an organization called Youth With A Mission.  It was one of the most life changing experiences I have ever been through.  As I was reflecting on the card I am going to share with you today, I was reminded of a day back in 1987, when I was sitting in a Quonset hut in Manoa Valley. I was in a room full of students from all over the world. We were all a part of a school called a DTS or a Discipleship Training School.  Our leaders were all very young, energetic, passionate people who had a desire to know God and make Him known.  

One of the first things they did for each student was to have a time of prayer over them.  When it was my turn, I went to the front of the room and was surrounded by these young passionate leaders.  After they prayed for me, one of the gals said to me, "As I was praying for you, I saw a vision", she said, "I saw a beautiful rose, it was entangled with a bunch of other beautiful roses on this garden trellis. Then I saw a hand reach down and pick one single rose and plant it at the foot of the cross. Suddenly, the rose began to grow and blossom as it wrapped itself around the cross."  She went on to say, "I believe this means you were just in a very comfortable place in your life.  You were surrounded with good people, in a good environment, but you weren't growing.  So God reached His hand down and picked you up and planted you right where He wanted you and it is during this time that you will thrive and grow."

Those words spoke to me.  I not only believed she was right but through my experiences with YWAM that year, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was where I was supposed to be, doing what God had called me to do.  It was a season of growth, a season for change.  A season to learn about servanthood and making a difference.

The card I want to share with you today reminds me of that season of my life as well as the season I am in now.  I'll explain more in a minute but let me share the card first.

Graceful Garden Card

Graceful Garden Card

To make this card I used two stamp sets, Graceful Garden and Ribbon of Courage.  I stamped all the images in black ink and colored them in with an aqua painter.  The background texture of this card was made with our new Layered Leaves 3D Textured Embossing folder.  Besides using Very Vanilla Card Stock, I added a piece of gold patterned paper from the Bundle of Love Specialty DSP, a small strip of Fabulous Foil Acetate beneath the rose and a piece of Gold Foil under the sentiment.

The final touch was to add a jewel rhinestone in the "o" of the word possible and I used dimensionals on all the layers to build them up.

As I reflect upon that vision a young YWAM leader had for me many years ago, it makes me think of the season I am in today.  I know God is in control of my battle with breast cancer.  I am surrounded by prayer warriors who have been continually lifting me up.   I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is with me and I am where He wants me to be.

 That doesn't mean things are going to be easy. I have to admit yesterday was challenging for me.  I went in for the start of my radiation treatments and found that although I didn't experience a lot of physical pain, I did find it mentally and emotionally challenging.  However, even in the midst of the challenge, I remember these words that I learned in Sunday School and I began to recite them in my mind during treatment.

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3     He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
4 Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Today, I just want to remind each of you reading this that no matter what you are going through you are not alone.   God loves you so much and He has a perfect plan for your life.  You may not be in a comfortable place at the moment but thats okay, know that He is with you.  Talk to Him with an understanding that He hears you.  Ask for His help, strength, wisdom and direction.  Just as He is helping me through this journey, He will help you too.

 I am thankful that as I design cards, God uses them to bless others and in this case remind me of a vision that still speaks to me today.  I pray that this same vision would serve as much as an encouragement to you as it is to me.  

Now as I go off to my second treatment, I will do so relying on His help, His strength and the knowledge that today I'm going to grow a little more into the person He desires me to be.

Thank you for allowing me to share my journey with you.  Know that as you are praying for me, I am also praying for you.  May you find hope and strength today especially if you are facing challenging circumstances.   Let's continue to trust God and believe that He leads us exactly to where He wants us to be and let's do our best to continue to grow in Him.

With love and a grateful heart,

Cindy

Magical Mermaid

Recently I've been inspired to do more punch art.  It's probably because of all the cute cards my downline Jodi of The Stampin' Owl has been sharing with me.  As I was designing swap cards for my recent trip to Thailand, I decided to see if I could come up with a punch art mermaid card.  

I'm usually a "three strikes and your out" kind of stamper.  This means that if I try working on something but after the third try if it doesn't come out, I give up and move on to something else.  For this particular card, I tried a couple of different combinations of punches and it just wasn't coming together.  I was just about to give up but I tried one final time and I'm so glad I persisted because this is what I came up with.

Mermaid Punch Art Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Mermaid Punch Art Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Isn't she sweet?  She reminds me of this little mermaid who comes to swim in our pool often.

Raymee the Mermaid

Raymee the Mermaid

Would you like to know what punches to use so you can make one of these cute punch art mermaids?

Mermaid Punch Art Pieces

Mermaid Punch Art Pieces

The tail was made with our new Pretty Label punch.  I took scissors and cut off the sides as shown in the chart above.  I used glue dots to attach the fins which were leaves from the lemon builder punch and then I placed the constructed tail into the Garden Trellis Embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot to add texture.  

Since I was making this for a swap I punched several of the pieces I needed so that it made assembling a bunch of mermaids quick, simple and fun.

Building Mermaids

Building Mermaids

I drew faces on each mermaid using a journaling pen.  I gave them rosey cheeks by dipping a pencil eraser in pink pirouette ink.  It was really fun making these, every time I'd finish one of their faces I would smile!

Punch Art Mermaids

Punch Art Mermaids

To add the sequins to the shells I used a piercing tool and some liquid glue.  I just love how the little sequins sparkle and shine.

In our new catalog we have a stamp set that is called Magical Mermaid so that is where I got the sentiment for this card.  

I had a blast creating these cute and colorful swaps!  I hope that they brightened the day of each person who received one.  I hope that they loved them as much as I loved creating them.

Mermaid Kisses and Starfish Wishes,

Cindy

The Land of Smiles

Thailand is known as the "Land of Smiles" so Phuket was the perfect choice for Stampin' Up! to schedule their 2017 Grand Vacation.  One of my goals every year is to achieve an incentive trip with Stampin' Up! and this one will go down as one of my favorites.   

As we prepared for our trip I knew one of the benefits to being in Thailand was that I would receive a copy of our new Holiday Catalog.  This catalog will be available to my customers in August.  It is always fun being with other demonstrators when a new catalog is revealed.  The first things we do is go through the catalog page by page, creating a wish list, marking and bending pages as we go!  So when I saw these adorable pineapple emoji tabs at Walmart in Hawaii, I couldn't resist creating a pineapple topper to package them as gifts.   That way I'd have a useful gift for friends who would be marking every other page in their new catalog, just like me!!!

Pineapple Emoji Tabs - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Pineapple Emoji Tabs - www.stampedwithaloha.com

To create this pineapple I used an Oval from the Stitched Shapes framelits.  Prior to cutting it out I took a piece of Crushed Curry card stock and used my Simply Score board to texture the paper with crossing lines.  The sunglasses came from the stamp set "Pocket Full of Sunshine" which has coordinating framelits to make cutting out the glasses a breeze! The mouth was made with a 3/4 inch circle punch and the crown of the pineapple was made using one of our newest punches the Lemon Builder punch.  Aren't these pineapple emoji tabs cute?  I just love all the smiling faces and know exactly where I am going to stick them in the new catalog!

Speaking of smiling faces.  There were lots of smiles all around in Thailand and a huge smile on my face because I was SO happy to be on this trip.

Welcome to the 2017 Grand Vacation in Thailand - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Welcome to the 2017 Grand Vacation in Thailand - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When I found out that I had to have a second surgery following my lumpectomy for breast cancer, I thought for sure this trip would be impossible.  Thankfully my doctors agreed that if I took certain precautions they would allow me to travel prior to starting my radiation treatments.

We stayed for a week at the beautiful Angsana Laguna Resort in Phuket, Thailand.  

Angsana Laguna Resort - Phuket, Thailand

Angsana Laguna Resort - Phuket, Thailand

Although the resort was amazing, the resort was not the main reason why I was so happy to be in Thailand.   The main reason I was so happy to be there had everything to do with the people I would be with.  

At our general session on day one, it didn't take long for the tears to flow.  As I began to look around the room I felt so much joy as demonstrators I've known for many years greeted me with so much love.  Many ran over to hug me and whisper in my ear, "I'm praying for you".  One who was stuck in the middle of a crowded row waved and blew me a kiss.  All the love made me feel so appreciative to be there at that very moment.  It reminded me of why I love being apart of such an amazing company filled with even more amazing people who have become very dear friends.

Then I found my Advisory Board sisters, Kim and Linda.  It was such a blessing to finally reunite with these two special women who have blessed my life for so many years.  

You know what I love... As we posed for this photo take a look at the two demonstrators behind us?  

General Session - www.stampedwithaloha.com

General Session - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Now look at them again!  I am glad that this photo showed this candid moment of how much love  we have for one another, especially when we have opportunities like these where we can meet together face to face.

General Session - www.stampedwithaloha.com

General Session - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Today, I want to highlight a few of the things about Thailand that I absolutely loved.  

The first was visiting the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary.   I highly recommend visiting their website to learn about the good work they are doing to rescue and protect these magnificent creatures from abuse.  

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary - www.stampedwithaloha.com

We got to feed them and observe them up close as they walked through the sanctuary.  We watched as they played in the mud and even went into the river to cool off.    It was such a great experience and one of my favorite days spent in Thailand.

Exploring at the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary - www.stamepdwithaloha.com

Exploring at the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary - www.stamepdwithaloha.com

I love adventure and being at this sanctuary was just amazing.  Definitely one of the highlights from my time there.

Another thing I loved about Thailand was the FOOD.  Thai food is by far one of my favorites.  After we visited the sanctuary, they provided a huge vegetarian Thai lunch for us.  It was SO delicious.  

Thai Lunch at the Elephant Sanctuary

Thai Lunch at the Elephant Sanctuary

There were so many choices, it was hard to pick so we had to try a little bit of everything.

We found a restaurant near the resort that we loved too.  It was called the Corner Restaurant.  The first night we went there Derek couldn't decide what to get so he ordered two entree's and both were equally delicious.  We loved this place so much that we went there more than once because of their excellent food and service.

The Corner Restaurant

The Corner Restaurant

Speaking of food, that reminds me of another favorite thing I did in Thailand.  I spent an afternoon learning how to cook Thai food at the Brass Wok Cooking School.

Brass Wok Thai Cooking School - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Brass Wok Thai Cooking School - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Our instructor Pua was so passionate and talented and it was wonderful to learn from her.

Brass Wok Cooking School in Phuket, Thailand.

Brass Wok Cooking School in Phuket, Thailand.

It was great to learn how to prepare several Thai dishes using colorful and fresh herbs, spices and vegetables.

Fresh Vegetables at our Thai Cooking class

Fresh Vegetables at our Thai Cooking class

We made many delicious Thai dishes, my favorite was this very refreshing Green Papaya Salad.

Making Green Papaya Salad 

Making Green Papaya Salad 

After each course we would get to sit down and enjoy what we had just learned to make.

Sampling our food at the Brass Wok Cooking School

Sampling our food at the Brass Wok Cooking School

If I had more time I would have signed up for more classes as this wonderful cooking school.

Whenever we go on any type of incentive trip with Stampin' Up! you can expect to be spoiled.  They give us gifts daily in the hospitality room and pillow gifts each night when we go to bed.  One of our pillow gifts this year included an free ticket to an excursion the next day in Phang Nga Bay.

This trip included a scenic boat ride.

Boat ride to Pha Nang Bay

Boat ride to Pha Nang Bay

Our boats let us off at a floating dock where we put on life jackets and prepared to go kayaking.  

Pha Nang Bay Excursion

Pha Nang Bay Excursion

It was very relaxing because each kayak had a guide.  As our guide led us through the water he even sang to us.  He told us to put our feet over the edge of the boat and relax.  

Pah Nang Bay Excursion

Pah Nang Bay Excursion

That same day we also visited a floating village called Koh Panyee.  

Koh Panyee Floating Village

Koh Panyee Floating Village

This village had a school and even a floating soccer field.

Floating Soccer Field -  Koh Panyee

Floating Soccer Field -  Koh Panyee

Our guide told us whoever kicks the ball off the field and into the water has to go in after it.  So in order to play soccer, you must know how to swim.  I guess learning to swim is really important if you live on a floating village.

James Bond Island

James Bond Island

While on our way to another island to enjoy lunch on the beach we passed by James Bond Island where the movie Man with a Golden Gun was filmed.

Derek and Bruce 

Derek and Bruce 

I over heard the guys joking, "I'm surprised the island is still here". one of them said,  "Didn't it blow up at the end of the movie"?

Stampin' Up! really made us feel special at our farewell dinner.  This is always a surprise!  I am not one who LOVES surprises but everything about this night was really special and fun.

Blue Elephant Greeting

Blue Elephant Greeting

When we got off of the busses for our final night event we were greeted in a very extravagant way.  There was music and many Thai people lined up in beautiful traditional colorful clothes.

We were given fancy juice drinks to enjoy.

Drinks at the Blue Elephant

Drinks at the Blue Elephant

We were also presented with beautiful fragrant flowers.

Thai Flowers at the Blue Elephant

Thai Flowers at the Blue Elephant

Receiving these flowers reminded me of our Hawaiian Lei greeting but these were worn around the wrist and they smelled like Jasmine.

Thai Dinner at the Blue Elephant

Thai Dinner at the Blue Elephant

There were food stations everywhere serving the most delicious Thai food.  

Soap Carvings at the Blue Elephant

Soap Carvings at the Blue Elephant

There were also craft vendors demonstrating and selling their handicrafts.

Live Music at the Blue Elephant

Live Music at the Blue Elephant

There was a live band that entertained us the entire night.

Baby Elephant at the Blue Elephant

Baby Elephant at the Blue Elephant

There was even two baby elephants at the party.

Celebrating at the Blue Elephant

Celebrating at the Blue Elephant

It was a wonderful night where we got to enjoy all of this beauty under a huge tent.

A Magical Night at the Blue Elephant

A Magical Night at the Blue Elephant

It gave us the opportunity to visit with one another and enjoy a last night of celebrating together before we all went our separate ways which is always a sad day!

I was glad I got to spend some one on one time with my friend Genevieve who is from Canada.    She has been an inspiration to me in many ways! 

Genevivie and Cindy at the Blue Elephant

Genevivie and Cindy at the Blue Elephant

The word "inspire" means to FILL someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.  When I attend these events I truly leave feeling inspired.

Special friends, Rich and Dawn

Special friends, Rich and Dawn

I am inspired to give thanks for friends who show you how much they care.

Demonstrator Friends

Demonstrator Friends

I am inspired to celebrate the joy of friendship.

Advisory Board Sisters

Advisory Board Sisters

As well as the blessing of Sisterhood.

Georgia and Cindy at the Resort

Georgia and Cindy at the Resort

Because of my current health challenge, I was also inspired with Faith and Hope to be an encourager to others in the same way that so many others have been for me.

Again I want to say "Mahalo" to all of my demonstrator friends who showered me with such love and encouragement during our special time together in Thailand.  I also feel grateful for all of you at home who were apart of praying with me and for me so that I would be able to go.

Two days after I got home I dropped a glass bottle of fish sauce on my foot.  I went to the ER because I couldn't walk and they took an X-ray and told me it was fractured!    Thankfully a visit to the Orthopedic Surgeon confirmed that it was not as bad as I had thought it was.  What I thought would be 8 weeks on crutches turned out to be 2 days on crutches, 4 days of walking with a boot and a couple days of limping around and now the pain is almost completely gone!  I was even able to go hiking this past weekend.

HIking in Maili, Hawaii

HIking in Maili, Hawaii

When I got to the top of the mountain, look what I found?  Someone had painted this pink ribbon on the wall.  It was an encouraging reminder that I was not alone.  

This whole week I've been anxious about starting radiation because there has been a delay.  But as I sat at the top of the mountain I was reminded to not be anxious about anything.  I know that God is in control and His timing is perfect. 

So as I wait on Him, I am enjoying the blessings that each new day brings as I continue to seek God and his direction for my life in the days to come.  I know that I can trust in His perfect timing which he so faithfully demonstrated when he allowed me to visit the Land of Smiles, a time I will forever cherish in my heart.

Japan Adventures (the finale)

So by now you can probably tell that I am in love with Japan!  It is one of those places you visit and you can't wait until you have another opportunity to go back.  I love to travel but sometimes I visit places and I'll be glad I'm there, but have no desire to return.   That was not the case with Japan.  I love, love, loved every minute we were there.  That is saying a lot considering we were there at probably the worst time of the year because of the heat and humidity!   I can only imagine going back during a cooler time of year and that would just make me LOVE Japan even MORE!

Today I want to share just a little more about our final days traveling through Japan.

One of the things I loved about this trip is that we had the opportunity to experience a Japanese hotel, a traditional Japanese Inn and a Japanese apartment.  

Our apartment was super cute and JUST the right size for all 10 of us.  We each had our own air conditioned room, our own bathroom and each room even had its own washing machine!  What a treat especially because we had packed so lightly!

The kitchen was so cute.  Just look below, can you guess how many cooks can fit in this kitchen?

Our Japanese Kitchen

Our Japanese Kitchen

The answer is.... just ONE!  It was super cute and although small, we managed just fine.   In fact, it was really fun to have an apartment all together.  Even though there are ten of us we all get along really well and genuinely enjoy spending time together, especially these two who have a budding #brumance, but that is another story!

Bruce and Derek outside our apartment

Bruce and Derek outside our apartment

The next day we walked from our apartment to the Ueno Zoo.

Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo

This created a perfect opportunity to take a photo of us wearing the cute masks Meg had sent me.  These masks worked great for me on the airplane and also on the crowded trains.  Other than that I was fine without one but very happy to share them with these two for this fun photo op.

Ueno Zoo with Meg and Lynsay

Ueno Zoo with Meg and Lynsay

We saw many beautiful animals at the zoo.  Here are a few pics of my favorite ones.

Tiger at the Ueno Zoo

Tiger at the Ueno Zoo

Gorilla at the Ueno Zoo

Gorilla at the Ueno Zoo

Lion at the Ueno Zoo

Lion at the Ueno Zoo

Polar Bear at the Ueno Zoo

Polar Bear at the Ueno Zoo

It was fun to spend some time at the zoo and even though it was hot, we found the perfect way to cool off, with shave ice and green tea ice cream.

Shave ice at the Ueno Zoo

Shave ice at the Ueno Zoo

We may not know how to speak Japanese but by this time of our trip we all did learn the symbol for shave ice and would look for it often.

After the zoo we went to a delicious sushi restaurant.

#brumance

#brumance

We visited a very interesting museum.

Shitmachi Museum

Shitmachi Museum

We saw a beautiful display of Lotus Blossoms.

Lotus Blossoms

Lotus Blossoms

We took a stroll through some interesting markets.

Seafood at the market

Seafood at the market

We sipped on a refreshing Milk Tea.

Milk Tea in Tokyo

Milk Tea in Tokyo

We visited a temple where we tasted the most delicious Kibi Dango.  My mouth is watering just thinking about how good it was!

Kibi Dango is delicious

Kibi Dango is delicious

One thing that was extra special is that we were in Japan on July 7th which just happens to be when the Tanabata festival happens.  This festival celebrates the legend of Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Bega and Altair).  The legend says that the Milky Way separates these lovers and they are allowed to meet only once a year on July 7th.  It was wonderful to be in Japan during this lovely festival.  There were decorations everywhere as well as a celebratory spirit in the air!

Tanabata Festival Decorations

Tanabata Festival Decorations

We walked for miles on our final day with our Tour Guide Miko.  In the evening before dinner she took us to a tourist center in Asakusa where we enjoyed a beautiful view of the city.

Asakusa

Asakusa

That evening we had a nice dinner together.  We were exhausted from the long day which made for lots of tired laughter at the dinner table.  We also blessed Miko with a hand stamped card that Lynsay had made as well as gifts that we had brought from home.

Our Tour Guide Miko

Our Tour Guide Miko

The next day we were on our own but we had big plans!  We were heading for Disney Sea!  This is my favorite picture of Tucker because he perfectly demonstrates how excited we all were.

On the train to Disney Sea

On the train to Disney Sea

In case you don't believe how excited we were, Meg tried to capture the moment as best as she could in this photo grid.

Disney Sea Day

Disney Sea Day

Once inside the park we headed straight for our favorite ride, The Tower of Terror.

Tower of Terror at Disney Sea, Tokyo

Tower of Terror at Disney Sea, Tokyo

It was interesting to me to see how people came dressed to the park.  Many people dressed in traditional Japanese Yukata's.  

Wearing Yukata's at Disney Sea

Wearing Yukata's at Disney Sea

Tokyo Disney

Tokyo Disney

I would say about 90 percent of the people there were dressed similar to the people they were with.  We certainly missed the memo on this one.  

I thought these two girls looked so cute.  They were in line in front of me for one of the rides and offered to pose for a picture.  See what I mean about "matchy-matchy".

In line at Disney Sea

In line at Disney Sea

We had a really enjoyable day at the park.

Disney Sea

Disney Sea

Some of our group even got some cute sovenier hats.

Hat's off to Disney Sea!

Hat's off to Disney Sea!

The next day was our last full day in Japan.  We began our day at the Tsukiji Fish market which is the worlds largest.

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market

There were lots of interesting things to see here.

We visited another market where we ate Mochi.  My favorite was the Green Tea Mochi.

Mochi

Mochi

I wish I could have packaged up box loads of this and brought it home to share with family and friends.

It was time for lunch so we jumped on a train and headed for Harajuku.  Don't Lynsay and Emily look like locals?  They learned that riding on the train was not time to talk but to do work, take a nap, play games on your phone or check your email.

Riding the train in Japan

Riding the train in Japan

Did I mention that today was Emily's birthday?  So we wanted to take her somewhere special.

Harajuku Monster Cafe - Tokyo

Harajuku Monster Cafe - Tokyo

We ended up at the Harajuku Monster Cafe.  It was the perfect place to celebrate with Emily.

Harajuku Monster Cafe

Harajuku Monster Cafe

The rooms were all uniquely decorated.  It was a very colorful atmosphere.  Even the food was colorful.   There were Harajuku girls everywhere.  They not only waited on tables but they also did a little show where we all learned a special dance that we will probably always do in remembrance of our lunch festivities that day.

Harajuku Monster Cafe

Harajuku Monster Cafe

After we left there we passed by a Hedgehog Cafe.  We decided to go and check it out.  

Happy Harry Hedge Hog Cafe

Happy Harry Hedge Hog Cafe

It was extremely organized.  We sat in a section and had a set time we could enjoy a drink and play with hedgehogs.  The Hedgehogs came in various sizes... however this one was really big.

Big Hedgehog

Big Hedgehog

I wonder if He was HARRY the Hedgehog?  It was a really interesting place.  There were even hedgehogs that you could purchase.  One cost over a thousand dollars!!!  One of the rules written on the wall was that you were not allowed to EAT the hedgehogs!

Don't eat the Hedgehogs

Don't eat the Hedgehogs

Looks like the birthday girl was a little tempted to do that!  But thankfully, she didn't.

Last dinner in Tokyo

Last dinner in Tokyo

Our evening came to an end with a delicious Japanese barbecue dinner where we grilled the most delicious waygu beef at our table.

Tokyo

Tokyo

After dinner we took a final stroll through the city on the way back to our apartment.

Japan is fun with friends

Japan is fun with friends

Once back at our apartment, we took a final group photo to commemorate the end of our adventures in Japan!

Tired after our adventures

Tired after our adventures

I think we did a pretty good job fitting in a TON of stuff in a week but I know we barely scratched the surface of the adventures we could share in this amazing country that I hope to visit again one day.

On our way to the airport

On our way to the airport

The next day we left our apartment and headed for the train to the Narita airport.  Our adventures in Japan had come to an end and now we were off to the official start of our Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation in Thailand.   

Thank you for allowing me to share my passion of traveling with all of you.  I hope you enjoyed traveling through Japan with all of us.   Be sure to check back to learn about the next leg of this amazing trip as we journeyed to Thailand together.  More adventures to come!