This year sure has been one for the books, hasn’t it? Nobody realized last January that the whole world would end up on lockdown and quarantining! 2020 was definitely a year that we do not ever want to repeat again. Not only did we have to move from Japan to Germany , but this year was extremely hard on me emotionally. I lost my father and a couple of months later my grandmother, two of the people who were closest to my heart!
Amidst all of this, I had to do my duty as a military wife. My husband was deployed and I had two girls to take care of, to nurture, love, and help them adapt to this “new normal” that we are now living in. As summer approached, we were hoping things would get better, but then came the time to make the big move to Germany. As excited and happy as we were, I’m not even exaggerating when I say that this was one of the hardest moves that I have ever had to do, and as a military family we move pretty much every three years.
You can imagine what it was like to pack up a whole house and move across oceans with two kids. Throw COVID into the mix, and well, it wasn’t exactly a party having to move to Europe. There were so many restrictions, quarantines, COVID tests, and more, not to mention the language barrier that we encountered when we first got there.
But amongst all of that, I have to say that I am grateful. So grateful for the fact that we are all healthy, that we now have a home to call our own for the next three years, and that my children are back at school, giving them a sense of normalcy amongst all of this crazy that had been going on.
What’s Going On With Kurabiiki?
It breaks my heart that I was not able to say a proper goodbye to all of my clients and friends in Japan. I often dreamt of what my last class in Japan would have looked like. I can picture the smiles and I can hear the laughs. To my clients, friends, and those who helped me during our stay in Japan - I owe you everything! You supported me, worked with me, laughed with me, and helped me do whatever I needed to do to build my business up. I am eternally grateful for you all. I have never been part of such a tight-knit, loving, and supportive community. May good fortune smile upon you and every one of your dreams come true. I will never forget any of you.
Due to restrictions here in Germany, I cannot say for certain when I will be able to start teaching in person again. However, you all know how much I love what I do, so if there is a way to share my knowledge of it and make someone happy, I am going to find it!
Here’s The Scoop
Many of you have sent notes along about recipes and booklets, what the consistency of royal icing should be, and many more questions. This gave me an idea! What if we had an online forum where we could discuss anything and everything cookies and cookie decorating? We can have our own “cookie community!”
And so, Kurabiiki’s Cookie Decorating Crew was created! It will be a place where those who have taken my classes can join and share their experiences, ideas, and more. Questions are wholly welcomed with open arms! I will be posting all recipes and video tutorials for those who have taken my class as a refresher, free of charge of course! I am also planning advanced online classes as well, but I am still hashing out the details of that! Anyone who takes/has taken in-person or online classes will be able to join the group.
Here is the link. I hope to see you there!