Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Olivia with some of her friends
Stepping on Solomon Islands soil for the first time
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Aaron spent November 28-December 1 in Hae (Central Russells)teaching his first Translation Principles workshop. This workshop precedes the selection of translators early next year. He came home with a
froggy voice from teaching morning, afternoon, and evening, but it
was so nice to have him home again!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Dear Friends of the Choates,
I am happy to report that we are having more success with our HF radio email. I know that the Choates have been able to send and receive emails for most of this week. However, I’ve been told that all attempts to update their blog have been unsuccessful. Here is an update as of yesterday’s radio sked:
They are doing well. They continue to get rain that is keeping their drinking tanks filled. Sarah's sores are healing. Joanna is busy showing her parents "village life". They dove for shell fish the other day and have plans to go out to their garden for some work there. Eventually they will also make cassava pudding together.
~~ Joanna's dad isn't sleeping well. He has been having leg cramps at night. Please pray that everyone will get good sleep.
~~Please pray for Aaron as he is preaching this Sunday and he hasn't felt led to speak on any certain thing up to this point.
If you want to respond directly to the Choates via email that has a good chance of going through. If you would rather not take the chance than you can feel free to email me your message and I will relay it via the radio. As usual, my email is email@example.com
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Hard to believe Christmas is two weeks away. With poor contact with colder places over the past several weeks, it makes it even harder to remember that some of you are working hard to stay warm. Lots of days we are still wondering if the deodorant will give out after 30 minutes or only 20.
Thanks for all the prayers about our computer troubles. A colleague who works on computers all the time said he thinks it is a simple job of resetting the computer's memory. So, since I have not time or tools to try anything here, I will attempt my second computer surgery when I get back to Marulaon. The first was with the same machine, a keyboard transplant. The first procedure was 100% successful, no lasting complications. :)
We wish everyone a great Christmas and we are very much looking forward to catching up with everyone when we get back to Honiara shortly after Christmas. See you then
Aaron for all of us
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Aaron here. Katherine and I are safely back in Honiara for a couple of days meeting up with Joanna's folks who are here for a visit. We are very excited to have a touch of "home" for the holidays. So far they are settling in well and we are getting everything ready for our return to the village on Sunday. Our village e-mail system is still not working well. Many man hours have been spent on various sides of the oceans to try to figure out our problems. Nothing certain yet. Thank you all for your prayers for the communication, please keep it up. The lack of communication with the outside world is becoming a serious stress for our village teams, so thanks ahead of time for the continued prayers, and thank God with us too for the right solution.
One other update. Joanna has diligently been keeping blog posts going through these weeks in Marulaon even though the connections have been so bad. She saves the articles and photos in our computer. The other day we were trying to send e-mail from the village and the computer suddenly stopped responding. We have tried several things to get something to happen, but we are very concerned. Please pray for us to have wisdom about getting the computer fixed, and we also pray that the articles and photos for November can be retrieved, as this is our family's fay of recording our time here is SI. Thank you all.
In case we don't get to do it again, Merry Christmas to everyone. Blessings on the new year. We look forward to catching up again after Christmas.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Dear Friends of the Choates,
As the HF radio email is still hit or miss (mostly miss) Joanna asked me to post the following update:
Aaron has returned safely from the Translation Committee workshop that he has been hosting. His voice was worn out from doing so much talking, but apparently things went well and he is happy with how things transpired. I will get a fuller report from them at a future date at which time I will pass that along to you guys as well.
Thanks for your prayers!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Dear Friends of the Choates,
The radio email system is working on occasion. Sometimes it works fine and other times it doesn’t work at all. It is frustrating for both sides, but probably more so for the Choates as I know how much they would like to share with all of you. As it is, I have the following update to share with you.
Things are going well for them. Aaron had a good workshop last week. He is preparing for a workshop with his Translation committee starting next Monday. They have been having a good mix of sunshine and rain. They don’t have to worry about their drinking water at this time. As always continue to pray that they will have good health. They are expecting to have some visitors next week so pray that the ship will follow its normal schedule. Normally the boat is very reliable, but it has been irregular the last month or so.
As usual, if you have any messages that you’d like passed along via the radio please email them to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Dear Family and Friends of the Choates,
Email contact has been very spotty with the village teams this month. We are trying to find answers, but as of yet a good solution has evaded us.
Joanna asked me to post the following comments…
They have arrived safe and sound in the village. Aaron is currently helping with a literacy workshop on a different island. He was supposed to be out of contact for a week, but happily Joanna received a handwritten letter from him today. Joanna and the kids are all doing well and are carrying on with their normal schedules. They are all looking forward to Aaron’s return on Friday.
Hopefully the radio email system can be figured out and the Choates will be able to contact you directly very soon. In the meantime, if you have any messages that you’d like for me to pass along to them via the radio, please feel free to write to: email@example.com.
Friday, November 12, 2010
It rained last night! We got a huge thunderstorm, which is quite unusual for the Solomon Islands - thank you, Lord! It's nice to have the front tanks running fast again instead of drip, drip, dripping. Our big tank is about 3/4 full again. Please keep praying for rain. Everybody's crops are stunted and water is still a huge need for all of the small islands around the Russells.
This morning after church, the head catechist gave a big lecture on how important it was to purchase a Pijin Bible (dedicated in 2008) instead of trying to use an English one. He talked about how much easier to understand the Pijin Bible is. We always bring Pijin Bibles back from Honiara and make them available for purchase. Then we take the money and put it back toward the Lavukaleve Translation Project. Unfortunately, the Pijin Bible are too expensive for most families. One Bible is equivalent to sixteen heaps of cassava, eighty coconuts, or twenty parcels of green beans. That's a lot of work!
My heart aches to be able to quickly get them a Bible in Lavukaleve, but I'm excited to see the little baby steps (like Aaron's upcoming translation principles workshop) and the excitement that is beginning to build among our neighbors.
This morning, a requiem mass was held for a man who died last Thursday. Aaron had only been home from the service a few minutes when Ezekiel showed up. He knew the mass was this morning and timed his arrival to coincide with the end of the service. He and Aaron sat under the house for about four hours visiting and hammering out more plans for the coming months. Ezekiel brought a huge papaya, too!
We enjoyed a rain shower this morning during school. It didn't last very long, maybe 30 minutes, but it was enough to give a few families several pots of water from our tanks. Please keep praying for rain.
Market this morning was great! I found donuts, papaya, green beans, bell pepper, eggplant, green coconuts, mangoes, and the biggest treat of all -- watermelons! What a blessing to have so many options of fresh fruits and veggies to nourish our bodies.
Yesterday, several of the neighbor kids were standing by our big rain tank blowing on leaves. They sounded like a bunch of chickens!
Monday, November 1, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
We'll leave for the Russell Islands about 4 p.m. CST Saturday afternoon (8 a.m. Sunday morning our time), and we would appreciate your prayers for safe travel and calm seas.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Covering a cardstock "C" with cotton balls just after they raced the cotton balls down the hall by blowing on them
a letter-sorting activity, Sarah and Olivia helped make the "clothes"
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
One of my favorite things...Katherine's sweet exclamations. This morning, when we added a little cream to her coffee, she said "That's amazing!" Her words are finally becoming clear and easy to understand...in all of the three languages that she speaks.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
-the gift of electricity
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Biscuits Before Baking
Blowing Blue Bubbles
Bringing Birds into the "Letter B Birdhouse"
We began celebrating letter B while we were in Brisbane since we had such an abundance of B foods. Almost every morning, we ate berries and yogurt. We also cooked a couple of our favorite recipes. We devoured them so quickly that I didn't get any pictures! We are having a Blast celebrating the letter B.
Orange Beef and Beans