Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
checking mail and finding the Sonlight Catalog of a friend - what a treat!
Stacie enjoyed the beautiful sunsets, too
everybody's favorite - ice cream
I am still my beloved's and he is still mine
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
In honor of those who have given their lives in military service, we thought today would be a good day to take our friends from PNG to the WWII Memorial in Honiara.
The island in the background is Savo, and "Ironbottom Sound" separates Guadalcanal from Savo Island.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sarah - "Christy" by Catherine Marshall
Benjamin - "The Rescuers" by Margery Sharp
Olivia - "Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder (we finished "Little House in the Big Woods" while we were in Marulaon)
Katherine - "Jennie's Hat" and "Peter's Chair" both by Ezra Jack Keats
Sunday, May 17, 2009
How 'bout creating your own daybook and heading over to Peggy's to share...
I am thankful for...a husband healing quickly from malaria
I am wearing...purple skirt, white t-shirt, gray choker seed necklace from Marulaon (my version of pearls), hair in a braid, and bare feet (my version of high heels)
I am hoping (and praying)...that the colds we brought back from Marulaon flee our bodies soon
Katherine and Olivia swinging and singing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" together
Saturday, May 16, 2009
-beautiful sunsets almost every night inspiring us to worship the amazing Creator
-church at home this morning to allow Aaron to rest, children's voices raised in praise
-trying new recipes with my kids (and tastetesting the results)
Friday, May 15, 2009
I forgot to show you what Olivia was doing while Aaron was installing the solar panel. She had asked if she could go spend time with "Auntie Skita", and when I came out to take pictures of Aaron, I found her scrubbing clothes! My little girl is growing up so quickly.
We have some really sweet neighbors. Two of these girls live with their extended family just down the hill from us. Bernadine is the second from the right, and she was dropped when she was a baby. As a result, she is lame and her right arm is very weak. She has every right to be bitter and hard, yet I have never seen her without a sweet spirit and a big grin on her face. Bernadine loves to sit in the water on the beach and let the waves splash over her while her laugh rings out. Lord, may I have a malleable spirit like hers to accept everything You give me with joy!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
1) White pillowcases - SITAG (Solomon Islands Translation Advisory Group) is building two new buildings right now. One of the main purposes for these buildings is to house national translators who travel far from their families to come to Honiara for training for weeks at a time. Each translator who comes will rest his head on a pillow with two pillowcases (to lengthen the "life" of the pillow in this climate), so would you consider grabbing a package of pillowcases and throwing it in your basket the next time you go to WalMart or Target?
2) Bandaids embedded with antibiotic ointment - In this climate, little scratches can turn into festering infections overnight. We talked briefly to the nurse at the clinic in Marulaon, and she agreed that these special bandaids would really help our neighbors. I realize that these bandaids are more expensive than the "regular kinds", but the embedded antibiotic ointment makes a big difference in speeding up the healing process. We were able to share some of these bandaids with one of the catechists while we were in Marulaon and saw him go from limping to walking normally in just a few days.
If you would be willing to grab a box of bandaids and a package of pillowcases, would you dump them in a couple of ziplock bags (so the Post Office customs officer doesn't think we are trying to sell them here) and stuff them in a manilla envelope to mail to us? We would love to be able to take something to help our village the next we go out!
Then Skita placed the pan on top of the preheated stones and covered the pan with hot stones.
On top of that, she placed some umalau (sweet potato) to steam for supper, and some more leaves to trap the heat.
On top of all of this, she positioned a burlap bag secured with stones.
After evening prayer, she brought us some delicious lelenga! When we get back to Marulaon, I'll make this with her watching me. Guess I'll have to eat any mistakes...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Really frustrated that the e-mail isn't working again. I'm got some e-mails back indicating that none of my posts are making it to the blog. With all of the bumps we've run into during our first trip to Marulaon, we've decided to go back next week and learn how to work out the kinks. Marulaon is unusual because it has a reliable source of transportation in the Bikoi. God is so amazing the way He provides for us!
Today was Skita's last day, and I was really sorry to see her three day trial period come to an end. I felt like I had another sister. We washed dishes and hung clothes side by side. I even heard her whistling "Oh God Our Help in Ages Past" so I joined in! She worked for the family before us, so she has a good idea of what to expect.
Market Day! We walked down as a family today, and the kids swam while I shopped. I was really proud of myself for doing all of my shopping in stumbling Lavukal (with the aid of some 3 x 5 cards). We bought some "mogea" (kinda like a tart apple), some more "fakul", smoked "meo" (tuna), and "mata" (donuts!). Sweet breads are really big here, and when we come back with more gas for the stove, I'm planning to bake a lot. We've heard lots about the banana bread that the family before us made!
Grace promised to bring us some lelenga, and we were so excited when she brought it by after evening prayer. It was soooo good and hot. It's only grated cassave and coconut milk steamed in a square shape inside leaves. The best parts are the corners (kinda like brownies) where the coconut milk pools at the corners. Who knew anything like that could be so yummy?
Aaron and the chief poured the concrete and set the pole today. The kids wrote their names in the cement quite proudly. Aaron also got quite a bit of blue painted in Benjamin's room. It really pops! In addition, he built me a big shelf in the bathroom that will eventually hold three months worth of toilet paper, laundry detergent, etc. This is really beginning to feel like home.
Skita began working with me today, and she also played number bingo with us (numbers 1-20). In the picture, Katherine is chowing down on some lelenga. It has become a family favorite, and Skita said she will show us how to make it.
The community gathered this morning to "weed" the area around our house. It's mowing the grass, Solomon style. You take your bush knife and hack at the roots of everything you don't want to grow, or you just pull the weeds up by the roots. I tried to pull up some of the things that they wanted to keep, but they quickly told me to leave the "grass". Now we have a beautiful patch of dirt surrounding the house (and I have some great blisters), but I think it will be green again very soon. The picture above is of Olivia helping Ruthie weed.
After the yard was done, Aaron and the chief worked on digging the hole for the pole to hold the solar panels. The cement arrived yesterday on the Bikoi, and Aaron plans to pour the concrete soon. Digging through coral is hard work. I think Aaron will be sore tomorrow.
Tonight at Evening Prayer, Aaron was asked to give the Gospel reading. He read from the Pijin Bible, and he did a great job. We have really felt like a part of the community today as we worked and worshipped together.
Ruthie started helping us this morning. She washed clothes and helped us play "Go Fish" in Lavukaleve (we're learning numbers 1-10). Aaron completed the hole and finished the drain pipe for the shower and kitchen.
Saturday, May 2
Aaron is still painting. The undercoat is almost finished (just the bathroom left), and he hopes to start painting colors on Monday.
Sunday, May 3
The bell didn't ring until 6:15 this morning, and it was only 36 times. Enough sun today to run the washing machine, I'm so thankful.
Somebody is always bringing us food. Today it was a "crawfish" and umalau that had been boiled in coconut milk. Think "choice lobster". We reciprocated with spaghetti, hardly a fair trade.