Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
*How far are the Russell Islands ( mile wise ) from where you are now?
I have no idea how far away in miles the Russell Islands are! (You can look it up on Google Earth.) I just know it takes us about six hours on the Bikoi.
*Does the boat just run once a week to your village?
The Bikoi leaves from Honiara on Sunday morning and goes all the way out West. We are the first stop on its trip. When it returns on Tuesday, Marulaon is the last stop before Honiara. When we get on the ship, we just look for somewhere to park all of our bags, and then we sit on the bags or stand up. We always take an ice chest and a big bag with life jackets, so those provide a nice place to sit. We're so thankful that the ship returns during the day now. The night trips were a little tricky!
*Other than a market are there any stores to buy supplies that you might need? I know that you take a lot of items with you when you go.
Our neighbors hold a small market for us twice a week so we can buy fresh produce. Sometimes there is food, sometimes there isn't! There is also a small trade store with things like canned tuna and oil and flour and rice, sometimes. The store isn't dependable either. In fact, people come to us if the store runs out of something. So, we plan to take enough food for our family, plus some to share. We take canned pumpkin and carrots, TVP (texturized vegetable protein), some dehydrated green beans, lots of rice, flour, oats, & pasta, cheese, jars of tomato paste, beans, cleaning supplies, lots of stuff. We also have a small garden, but we don't depend on it either. I planted cassava, sweet potato (totally different from the orange sweet potato in the States), green beans, tomato, chinese cabbage, watermelon, cucumber, & pumpkin. I tried planting cantaloupe (rock melon), but the bugs loved it and devoured it as soon as it came up. When we visited with Chief Leonard last week, he said that everything in the garden is doing well, so we hope to find lots of ready-to-eat produce when we return.
*Are there different villages in the Russell Islands?
There are other villages in the Russells, but I'm not sure how many. Maybe 10? One of Aaron's projects this time is to go visit each village. He and Benjamin have visited one village in the East. I've been to one to visit a market, and the whole family has walked to another. We might even put together a calendar for next year in Lavukaleve with pictures from each village.
*Are there still World War II relics around?
Yes! For example, when you visit Honiara, you can take a tour to explore Japanese bunkers, under-water wreckage, etc. One of the families that live nearby in Marulaon proudly showed us a pan from the war that says "Made in the USA". They use it to cook lelenga. Many cartridges with shells inside still wash up close to shore. A few people take the gunpowder and use it to stun fish. It's very dangerous, and everyone I've talked to disapproves. Several men and boys were killed in the Russell Islands around Christmas time when one of the shells exploded as they were extracting gunpowder.
*I would like to know about how many people are in your village.
From the comments:
*I just love hearing everything about your daily life there. I am constantly amazed at your ability to adapt to the cooking, living without a/c, new foods etc. Will you be able to get a package after March 6 and what else could I put in it besides pecans and baking chips? Have a great day!
SITAG can send packages to us on the Bikoi after March 6. Look on Facebook for the rest of your answer :-)
*I was talking to a friend about your lack of flour on the island, and she asked if you had access to other flours, like rice flour.
We don't have access to any other kind of flour, but we have put oats in the blender to make oat flour. It stretches the wheat flour pretty well.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
I am wearing...khaki skirt, ruby-red t-shirt, polished coconut shell hair clip
I am remembering...our 1989 family vacation to Washington, D.C., thanks to my parents who were willing to drive all night with a big family & save pennies to make lasting memories
I am going...to meet a returning SITAG family at the airport tomorrow since their flight was canceled with the "big snow" almost two weeks ago
On my mind...missing being back in the States so my kids can fo fishing with my grandfather, so I can drive my grandmother to her radiation therapy, so we can wonder in the vast amount of daffodils soon to bloom on Wye Mountain, so I can watch my sister's baby belly grow
From the kitchen...getting ready for lots of company this week and BAKING!!!
One of my favorite things~ singing hymns in harmony with my family while we clean up the kitchen together
From my picture journal...
Sunday, February 21, 2010
The beautiful frosting
That Mother will make
To trim up the wonderful
But some of the sweet stuff
Is certain to stick
To the bowl and the spoon.
Judy, Johnny, come quick;
Here's the bowl,
Here's the spoon
For a lickety-lick!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The next building (housing offices, men's dorm, and training facilities) already underway next door! Thank you for your prayers and encouragement as one building is complete and another has begun.
Monday, February 15, 2010
I am thankful for...our village chief, Leonard, who was comfortable enough to come visit on Saturday afternoon and to stay for supper!
I am wearing...denim skirt, striped shirt (a Christmas present from a sweet group of ladies in Arkansas), shell teardrop earrings
I am remembering...the heart shaped pancakes my mom used to make for Valentine's Day, accompanied by pink syrup.
I am going...to mail a few care packages this week
On my mind...three ways to be obedient to Christ: 1) let my roots grow down into Him & His Word so I can draw up nourishment, 2) grow in faith, strong & vigorous in the truth, 3) let my life overflow with thanksgiving (Colossians 2:6-7)
From the kitchen...fingerfood lunch today at the new dorm dedication, pasta bake tonight with crab that we bought from Russell Islands friends at the market
Around the house...paper skeletons with their bones labled, clothes hanging on the porch trying to dry during rainy season
One of my favorite things~staying in touch with family and friends across the miles
From my picture journal...
Sunday, February 14, 2010
"I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving." Psalm 60:39
-making red, strawberry scented playdough with Katherine (and having enough flour left to make it!)
-observing my children live out this verse with each other, "My goal is that they will be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love..." Col. 2:2a
-diligent ants racing down the wall with their "all-you-can-eat-buffet" (Proverbs 6:6)
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Benjamin could hardly wait for it to finish cooking...
but it was worth the wait - yummy!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Outside my window...HOT & sunny, but we've got a little breeze, too; the three big kids are at a birthday party up the hill
I am thinking...about the new stove in this SITAG house. Thanks to those of you who contributed to ongoing needs of the accomodations fund. Now I no longer have to worry about flames exploding and engulfing my arm up to my elbow while I cook!
I am thankful for...God's "shepherding" and that He never leaves me or forsakes me
I am wearing...white t-shirt, green floral skirt made by Nana, barefoot, hair in a French twist
Sunday, February 7, 2010
"Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom....Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days....May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us--yes, establish the work of our hands."
Psalm 90:12, 14, 16, 17