Howie Hayman

A story about an international couple raising and home educating three young boys on a small island in Japan, half living in buses, engaged in organic, self-sufficient farming in the middle of a mountain forest while dealing with climate, cultural, and personal challenges. These pages are about pretty much anything and everything all guided by our family motto, Taking Chances, Making Changes, Being Happy. Thank you very much for joining us on our ongoing crazy adventure.
Happy Anniversary

- Happy 13th wedding anniversary to my wonderful wife Akiko.

Picture - Us hanging out together at home.

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Baby Coming

- Us in the room at the birthing center waiting for the baby.

Picture - Us hanging out together at the birthing center.

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Baby Coming

- Another rainy day and me and the boys drove up north to see Akiko and the baby again. All is good and little Ethan is now beginning to cry much more. Akiko is doing fantastic and no doubt enjoying a few days of relaxation and pampering from a very over attentive Japanese staff at the birthing center.

Picture - Us hanging out together in the room at the birthing center.

Welcome to our new son, Ethan Mishael Hayman, who was born on Tanegashima Island, Japan on June 9, 2020. Both the first and middle names are Hebrew and have really nice meanings. All of our kids have Hebrew names and are named in memory of my family members. We decided from the beginning to do something different and name our kids something other than typical American or Japanese names. Akiko really likes the Hebrew names and the fact there is meaning in each name, same as Japanese names which are written in Kanji. Actually our kids are registered in the traditional family line of her family and Akiko and her parents actually assign Kanji and Japanese names to our kids as well. They effectively have two names....both Hebrew and Japanese, each with their own meanings.

The story actually began on June 8, 2020. During the afternoon our very close friend, Miharasan, called to say he had sweet potato vines ready for our farm and wanted to know what to do. We said that we could pick them up at his house or he could bring them to our house and spend a bit of time together. Then we decided to make it a small dinner party. Akiko was feeling there could be a chance the baby might be coming but we decided to go for it anyway. This was actually our first meeting with any of our friends since we began social distancing and closed off our property months before. Our friend came with his wife but she already had a plan and could not stay and said hi and went back home. Recently I am not drinking wine much but my friend brought over a really nice Bordeaux from France and I brought out our wine and we began drinking together. Before we knew it we were both getting a bit drunk. Then his son and wife, who is also pregnant, showed up.

By that time Akiko decided it might be better to go to the birthing center since she was not feeling too good. I tried to drive and got as far as the local farm store and we pulled into the parking lot. Akiko thought it was better for her to drive....strong woman and good choice. This would be a first for us but I gave in of course.

We arrived at the birthing center a little before midnight. They told Akiko the baby would most likely come within 24 hours and told her she needed to stay. They put us in the family size room and we got a bit of sleep. The baby was born about four hours later. We all stayed together in the birthing room room for awhile and then I decided to bring my tired boys home for some good sleep. We returned in the afternoon to see Akiko and the baby who were now in a new room. We spent some time with them and then came home again.

Note: We were very fortunate to all be in the delivery room when the baby was born. Up until May 31, only the husband was allowed to be there. This was due to social distancing rules because of the virus. The rules were actually lifted a mere eight days before the baby was born....WHEW.

Whoa: Our friends Jim and Linda Timlin are in San Diego, California. Our new baby and Linda were born on the same date. A really nice coincidence.

Hey busy day doing laundry and looking after the boys. Going to post a lot more later.

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- Another rainy day as the monsoon season continues on the island. Was really hoping to head to the beaches with the boys this week and even do some farming but the weather has other ideas for our plans. Anyway the baby has jaundice which we learned is typical in as many as 80 percent of babies born. He was wearing a mask over his eyes to protect him from the light treatments required. Our older son had jaundice but not our middle guy. Anyway a few pictures from today.
- Akiko and the baby spent their last day at the birthing center.
- Akiko and the baby came home today.
- The baby went for his follow up appointment and his jaundice test showed a high level of the same problem. He needed to stay overnight for another 24 hour light treatment.
- We drove up north again to pick up the baby who was finished with the light treatments. Was good for all of us to be home again.
- Today was the actual due date for little Ethan. Akiko stayed home with the baby while I took the boys to the farm to do some picking and weeding. Was able to pick but no weeding thanks to a mega thunderstorm which kept us in the bus for about 30 minutes.