Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
For Today...Monday, February 21, President's Day
Outside my window...rain, sweet, cool rain!
I am thinking...how fast our time in Honiara has gone. We don't feel quite ready to head back to the village yet.
From the learning rooms...off this week. Next week, we'll begin Cores 6 and 1 in Marulaon.
From the kitchen...Sarah making a "Lincoln Log" to celebrate President's Day
I am wearing...my hair down for a change. It's cool enough - whoohoo!
I am reading...and trying to finish all of the books I've started during our last two months in Honiara
I am hoping...that our gardens and house in Marulaon have faired well in our absence
I am hearing...rain, Sarah and Katherine in the kitchen, a cat mewing on the porch
Around the house...it's kinda quiet since Aaron took Benjamin and Olivia into town with him for some last minute shopping (including a new foam mattress!)
One of my favorite things...friends who are such servants and who making plans to come out to Marulaon and tackle some projects
A few plans for the rest of the week...finish the kids' school schedules for our three months in Marulaon, finish packing and taping boxes, picking up some friends from the airport
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...Katherine building her "Letter I" ice cream cones
Sunday, February 20, 2011
-knowing that God is in control even if we currently can't find a ship to get us and all of our stuff out to Marulaon next Sunday
-yummy cookies (thanks for the mini M&Ms, Nanny and Poppa) and coffee to enjoy during the piano recital
-a soft, gentle rain that lasted all afternoon and into the night, slowly refilling the almost empty SITAG raintanks and cooling down our steaming temperatures
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Sarah decided that it just wasn't right for me to always put pretty pictures of models smiling for the giveaways. So, to please my girl...
Monday, February 14, 2011
Outside my window...a little breeze blowing the spider webs that span from tree to tree and catch the sunlight filtered down between the leaves
I am thankful for...God's guidance.
From the kitchen...pink smoothies for breakfast, a double date for lunch, and polpettone for supper. Trying this recipe for the first time from "Sacred Feasts: From a Monastery Kitchen"
I am reading..."An Island Garden" by Celia Thaxter, illustrated by Childe Hassam. My mom found it at a library book sale, and this book is a feast for the eyes!
I am hoping...that apples finally show up this week. It's my last chance to can - I've learned not to try to can during the last week in Honiara.
I am creating...in the "life-medium of the moment". "Jump into the life-medium of the moment, whether it's oatmeal or beach sand or Dr. Suess' rhymes or the soup you're making for dinner." --Valerie Schultz
I am hearing...kids gathering sack lunches and quickly finishing school as we head out the door for our date
Around the house...flags from different countries in Africa printed from here, a new puzzle spread out on the table sent by a kids' group from a church in Fort Wayne
One of my favorite things...sharing dessert with my hubby
A few plans for the rest of the week...enjoying more precious company, refilling the gas cylinders, getting the prescriptions for all of the antiobiotics we will take out with us, picking up the new 2000 gallon rain tank for Marulaon and hopefully shipping it out to the Russells early
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...Sarah's treats for our SITAG neighbors
Sunday, February 13, 2011
"He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God." Psalm 50:23
-for huge and amazingly camouflaged moths that make my kids run and grab the camera in awe of God's creation (photo courtesy of Sarah)
-for creative kids who had a blast making mobiles in the style of Alexander Calder
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Early Sunday morning, our family wove through the throng of people bearing a water bottle straight from the freezer (cold water - lafi lomisa - is such a treat for our friends) as a gift for Kiko. Not only did we find Kiko, but we found Chief Leonard as well! This turned out to be a real blessing, because Aaron was able to catch up on what the Translation Committee had been doing in our absence. Aaron discovered that the committee is planning to meet on Sunday to choose translators, and he was able to discuss some details with Leonard about future training and workshops. God's timing is so good!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
After I said something to the kids about eating "eyeballs", Sarah politely passed on any more rambutan. But the other three scarfed them down until the pile was gone. Guess we need to get some more next time we go to market.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
-way cool blisters that grow when my finger collides with a spoon drizzling hot caramel sauce (the kids think it looks like I have a grub on my finger!)
-the sound of young voices murmuring the beginning of Colossians 1 as we still play catch up and pray for grace in our ambitious undertaking
-cool rainy days when cyclones brush the Solomons to enjoy lattes with my kids in ruby red mugs
-Katherine's wild mop of hair that matches her vivacious personality
Henk and our crew in 2009
-God's amazing timing. We lost electricty (which means running water, too) Monday when a small branch fell across the line that connects our house to city power. A precious WA couple arrived last Friday, so Henk (yep, the same Henk who helped with the Marulaon house), was available to tackle our electrical problems. The Solomon Island Electrity Company had the electricity back on just in time for our company to eat supper with fans and lights. You can follow their Solomon Island adventures here.
-the sound of the pressure cooker hissing as food is preserved for our next trip to Marulaon