Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
I'm super proud of my kids and how hard they have worked to prepare for today. (Note to my mom: All of those years of piano lessons for me are paying off. Notice that the kids are using my old piano books and recital pieces!)
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
We found this beautiful little butter dish and knife made from a shell. (I just noticed that my foot made it in the picture, too!) The shell really catches the light and refracts it into a rainbow of color on the back.
Please leave a comment by midnight (CST) on Friday night if you would like to enter the drawing for the butter dish. I continue to be amazed at God's beautiful creation and the way our neighbors make more beautiful things with God's good gifts!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Sarah mixed up a rainbow cake all by herself, and we took both goodies to a SITAG potluck to share. I'm so thankful for God's gift of the Holy Spirit and for a day set aside to celebrate!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Always bring a good book wherever you go! (Don't worry, Sarah took this picture while the van was parked.)
Sunday, May 16, 2010
-books for me to read from the Educational Resource Center (from Olivia)
-friends from Marulaon who unexpectedly drop in at SITAG
Saturday, May 15, 2010
We brought a huge fish, a watermelon, and some umalau, along with lots of coconut for scraping and milking.
Friday, May 14, 2010
So, we bought some fish, pudding, and shellfish strung on a stick (both the halea and the bei were from the Russells!). We also discovered that the crab (kafol) was still alive and kicking, so we bought two to take home and enjoy later.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139: 13, 14
Monday, May 10, 2010
Outside my window...bright sunshine drying the clothes on the line and giving the kids a beautiful afternoon in which to enjoy playing with friends
I am thinking...about the amazing lunch we enjoyed today with Nahna and Papa. The restaurant where we wanted to eat for lunch was closed, so we went to an "Oriental" place we had never tried before. One of the things we ordered some crab cooked with ginger and shallots, and I don't know why I expected the crab to be already taken out of its shell. Guess I still think like an American. When it arrived, it was our favorite kind from Marulaon (kaful), and it sat there whole in all of its glory (they had tapped it apart to make it easy to get to the meat). Yum, yum, yum!
Noticing that...Honiara feels like a luxury resort after living in the village, especially with internet access. I love catching up with everybody!
I am thankful for...the grader that came down our road today making tomorrow's walking path much easier to navigate
I am wearing...a new, blindingly white t-shirt (thanks, mama), and a Laura Ashley skirt with embroidered details that I found at a second-hand store here in Honiara for a little more than a dollar
I am reading...Victoria's March/April edition, a birthday present courtesy of a sweet friend in Kansas. What a treat!
I am hoping...and praying that we can find my curriculum notebook (containing twelve weeks of curriculum for three children - school for Honiara and things to prepare for our next trip to Marulaon)
Pondering these words...To want what we don't have is impatience, for one thing, and it is to mistrust God. Is He not in complete control of all circumstances, events, and conditions? If some are beyond His control, He is not God....Spiritual victories are won in the quiet acceptance of ordinary events, which are God's "bright servants", standing all around us. --Elisabeth Elliot
I am hearing...ceiling fans, kids playing games inside and outside
Around the house...still unpacking boxes and restocking the pantry
One of my favorite things...fresh strawberries. No such thing here in tropical Honiara, so I'm living vicariously through a friend in Texas.
A few plans for the rest of the week...take Nahna and Papa to the airport tomorrow, finish unpacking, take a new SITAG couple grocery shopping Wednesday morning, start back to school with the kinds
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...my beautiful flowers brought to me by my amazing husband for Mother's Day