Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
a close up of Benjamin's painting
and Olivia's masterpiece
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Good Friday afternoon, the sky turned black and dumped buckets of rain which lasted all night. Even on Easter Saturday, the rain continued to pour. The weather helped us to appreciate the beautiful sunshine to which we awoke on Sunday morning.
On Saturday, we enjoyed dyeing our brown eggs beautiful colors (thanks for the dye, Nanny!).
We also continued another Choate family tradition, Resurrection Cookies. Katherine is beating the nuts which represent the soldiers beating Christ.
Sarah is tasting the salt which represents the salty tears that people cried.
And Olivia is sealing the tomb/oven after we put the cookies inside. The kids love waking up on Easter Sunday morning and checking the cookies. The oven here in our apartment didn't finish cooking the cookies before church, so we reheated the oven and the cookies finished while we went to church. It was a beautiful service! We arrived a little early, but the first (6:00 a.m.) service hadn't gotten out yet so we had to wait. When the 8:00 service finally began, the big building overflowed and many people sat outside under the trees. Lovely way to start this special day!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Olivia cracking the eggs for the dough
Benjamin rolling the dough...
...and decorating the cookie
Katherine sampling and pondering whether she should try another bite
the finished product!
Remove from heat. Stir in, small pieces at a time:
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Orange is the twilight night He prayed.
Black is our sin stain for which He paid.
Red is His own shed blood so bright.
Yellow is the Son's warm, healing light.
Purple is His head crowned with thorns.
Pink is hope risen on Easter morn.
Brown is the ground where He was laid.
Gray is the stone that was rolled away.
White is God's grace we freely receive.
Green our eternal life when we believe.
All of these colors represent something true:
Jesus Christ, God's own Son, died for me and died for
We brought some cute bags with us so the kids could deliver the jellybeans to the neighbors. It's a sweet way to spread the joy of Easter!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Roland, a local craftsman, comes by from time to time to see if we want to buy any of his carvings. Aaron snapped up this bracelet, and if Roland has any more next time, I'll buy one for me! Put in your comment by midnight (CST) Tuesday, April 7, and the 5th name we draw will win this beautiful bracelet.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
On March 20th at the National Parliament, we dedicated this special Solomon Islands Bible Display. It contains the Pijin Bible that was presented to the Prime Minister on the 30th Anniversary of Independence in July of last year. On the shelf up above are all (except 1) of the Bibles and New Testaments in vernacular languages that have been published since Independence. Standing in front of the display is our friend Patson who helped make the cover the display. It was really great to see people walk up to the display and look at all the Bibles in the vernacular languages and try and see if there was a Bible in their own language. Clearly those who didn't have a Bible in the display were disappointed.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
-Fast N' Snappy by Pattie L. Schnetzler
-They're Off: The Story of the Pony Express by Cheryl Harness
-The Sweetwater Run: The Story of Buffalo Bill Cody and the Pony Express Ride by Andrew Glass
- Riding the Pony Express by Clyde Robert Bulla
-Riders of the Pony Express by Ralph Moody
-Buffalo Bill by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
Two fun websites: Pony Express Home Station (with an AMAZING book list!) and the Gold Rush Chronicles