Saturday, April 25, 2015


Until we moved to this side of the globe, I didn't really know much about the involvement of Australia and New Zealand in World History.  But the more we live here, the more thankful and excited we are to learn about the role these countries (and others in the South Pacific) have played.  Today marks the 100th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli.  According to ANZAC Day article on Wikipedia, "In 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of an Allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula to open the way to the Black Sea for the Allied navies."  

We're in the middle of meetings this weekend here at SITAG, keeping us busy from morning 'till night, but I wanted our family to celebrate just a little bit anyway.  While in Melbourne, Sarah and I found a sweet picture book based on a true story, "The Anzac Puppy", by Peter Millett and Trish Bowles.  Finding books for young children that discuss dark subjects like war can be difficult, but this book introduces heart rending subjects beautifully.  And with a happy ending, I might add!

We were familiar with ANZAC biscuits, but Naomi's family introduced us to ANZAC slice (bar cookies in our North American dialect) and shared their yummy recipe:


1 1/2 cups rolled oats 1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup SR flour 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
1 1/4 cups desiccated coconut 175g butter (just over 1/3 cup), melted
2 Tablespoons golden syrup 1/4 cup water
1/2 cup flaked coconut

Grease a 20cm x 30cm (9 x 13 in) lamington tin. Cover the base with baking paper, extending it over two opposite sides. Combine oats, sifted flours, sugar and desiccated coconut in a large bowl. Add butter, syrup and water, mix well. Press the mixture into the lamington tin; press on flaked coconut. Cook in a moderate oven, 180° C (350° F) for 40 minutes or until firm. Cool in pan before cutting.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mantaniko Falls

 Aaron and the three musketeers hiked with some of our SITAG family to make some memories at  Mantaniko Falls today.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Honiara Woman' Daybook

Just for today...Monday, April 20
From the learning rooms...finishing the school year TOMORROW!  So proud of my kids who have worked hard and done so well. 
On my bookshelf..."The White Man's Burden:  Why the West's Efforts to Aid the West Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good" by Williams Easterly.  It's on loan from my friend, Roxanne, and I think this book will be my reading on the trans-Pacific flight.
Pondering these words..."Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another.  Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way....Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification."  Romans 14:13, 19

One of my favorite husband passing his Lavukaleve language exam!  He still has a long way to come in his speaking fluency, but he is reading and hearing the language better and better.  Augustine and Jerald walked to SITAG in the rain to help with the test.  Love these Lavukal guys.
Crafting in the kitchen...taco salad tonight.  We've been cooking and freezing tons so we don't have to cook during our last week here in Honiara, and after Aaron's test this afternoon and SITAG's team meeting, I was ready for something easy from the kitchen.  So thankful for SITAG's deep freezer to help ease our transition next week!
A few plans for the rest of the week...three teams are arriving tomorrow, one by boat and two by plane.  On Thursday, a group of adventurous people (including four Choates) will go on a hike to a waterfall and float the river back down to Honiara.  Thursday night, SITAG will begin several days of meeting together, and Aaron will lead the worship for our gathering.  We'll have meetings all day Friday and Saturday.  And somewhere in there, we'll be packing and getting ready for our departure from the Solomon Islands on April 30.
A peek into my corner of the world...we got to host a birthday brunch yesterday for this sweet lady.  SITAG has four members with birthdays on April 19.  That's a lot of birthdays considering how small our branch is.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Saturdays are for...

...taking a trip to the airport to welcome back SITAG family

...looking for that one special person amongst the crowd

...hearing two-year-old giggles

...catching the giggles yourself because they are contagious

...throwing your arms around your best buddy piggyback rides 

...making impromptu trips to the ice cream shop on the way home

...hanging out with friends

...being goofy together

...trying new ice cream flavors

...creating ice cream moustaches

...creating even more ice cream moustaches

...coming home and starting the fire to cook cassava pudding

...grabbing the bush knife and cutting several banana leaves

...checking on the fire

...playing with the dog

,..playing with kittens

...layering the cassava and coconut cream in the pan

...heating up the kitchen with your spouse

Thursday, April 16, 2015

 My sweet Katherine has been fighting a cold all week, so this is what her school room looked like:

I've enjoyed the extra snuggles during school, but I'm so thankful she was feeling well enough today to go to the airport this afternoon with our SITAG family to greet some much needed administrative help from Germany.  We're excited to welcome Dieter to team SITAG!

Tonight was Olivia's night to cook, so as soon as she got home from the airport, she started in on food prep.  She also was cooking ahead for a tea party tomorrow, so she spent the rest of her day in the kitchen.  Her seared Asian tuna steaks turned out beautifully!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Aaron is home!


We picked Aaron up from the wharf around 9:00 this morning after his all-night ride on the Kosco.  He took a few pictures Monday while he was in Louna Village working with the translation team.  Hiva, the translation committee chairman, and Leonard, also a member of the committee and the canoe driver, observed the translation team hard at work.

Somebody else was obviously hard at work, too.  Look at those gorgeous huge red snappers!

After staying up until midnight Sunday night and working all day Monday, the translation team was treated to a beautiful sunset Monday evening as the water taxi dropped everybody off in their home village.

Thanks so much to everybody who was praying for Aaron's fast and furious trip out to the Russells.  Next item on the list is his language exam, so please keep praying!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Honiara Woman's Daybook

 Just for today...Tuesday, April 14

From the learning rooms...we're down to the last bits and pieces of the school year.  So proud of my kids for adding a subject here and there so they can finish early next week.  They have maintained high quality work throughout the entire school year, and I'm so proud of them!

Crafting in the kitchen...Katherine read about shoo-fly pie and found a recipe to make one.  So she and her sweet big sister cooked one up this afternoon since it's Katherine's night to be the head chef at our house.

Pondering these words...In this great day when most women wave banners of authenticity about our pasts, we crouch back from honesty about our presents.  Well tell you all about our broken places of yesterday but don't dare admit the limitations of our today.  All the while the acid of overactivity eats holes in our souls.  And from those holes leaks the cry of unfulfilled calling that never quite happened.  We said yes to so much that we missed what I call our "Best Yes" assignments - simply because we didn't heed the warning of the whispers within that subtle space.  ~Lisa Terkeurst 

This is something I know will hit me in the face when we return to the States in just a few weeks.  I don't want the acid of overactivity to eat holes in my soul.  I want to listen to the whispers of the Holy Spirit.


A few plans for the rest of the week...picking up Aaron in the morning, making a few trips to welcome SITAG families coming in (six families in the space of five days!), and beginning the packing in earnest since our master packing will be home.
A peek into my corner of the world...rainy afternoons equal a house full of kids, and these are some of my favorite kids!