Yami's first evening in Riverside: sprinkler!
The six weeks we spent in Riverside this summer were special for the Hiroto family. My parents had met Yami several months earlier in Malawi, but this was solid time spent with Baba and Baba (Yami's adaptation of grandpa and grandma). Jordan was home for a few weeks too so Auntie Jor Jor got lots of meaningful time with him as well. We spent the first few days trying to sort things out at the bank, DMV, and AAA. My parents were so gracious in letting us use one of their cars and we started getting around to see people; my grandparents in Banning, friends around town and the folks at Chipotle. We spent a long weekend with the congregation of Evergreen Baptist Church SGV at Biola University for their summer church conference. We were so blessed by the times of worship, meeting people from the church, and presenting about Malawi a couple times. Getting to be at Bridges Christian Fellowship, our home church in Riverside, was especially nice. Wierd that kids who were juniors in high school when we left were going to be seniors in college. Lots of good friends there. Meals with folks around town like the Whites, Allens, LeDucs, Ritzaus. What a great time to reconnect with friends after quite a while away. We had a few days debriefing thanks to Ron and Carol Miyake, and my Uncle Cory, in Pasadena. The overwhelming theme of the summer was our gratitude for how people really cared for us. We were encouraged by the great conversations and everyone's excitement to hang out with Yami.
Kellen & Becca
We are missionaries serving at African Bible College in Malawi, Africa. Our sons, Yamikani, and Jaden, are both adopted from Malawi and bring much joy to our lives! We have an older blog that covers time up until December 2012 click here.