Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
This teacher will come visit us out in Marulaon in just a few weeks, and we are super excited to show her life in Marulaon.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Katherine: Mr. Putter & Tabby books and Henry & Mudge books, both sweet series by Cynthia Rylant, one of our favorite authors, and we all love reading these books to her
Olivia: Sisters in Time books (great historical fiction), 10 Boys Who... and 10 Girls Who... series by Irene Howat
Benjamin: Hatchet by Gary Paulson and lots of Trailblazer Biographies by Dave and Neta Jackson
Sarah: Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott and the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
Joanna: Persuasion by Jane Austen and Spritual Classics by Richard J. Foster and Emilie Griffin
Aaron: Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things by George Lakoff (don't you just love that title?!?), Jack's Life by Douglas Gresham, Unearthly Powers by David Burnett, and The Deep Sea Canoe by Alan Tippett
Sunday, June 20, 2010
-godly grandfathers who shaped my parents, and in turn helped shape me (my dad's dad on the horse, he still loves fishing in the lake and working in the garden)
-an incredibly patient and funny daddy for my own four children
-sweet rice pudding lovingly decorated by my husband
-God's gift of a cool rainy & breezy Sunday morning to refill the rain tanks outside and to spiritually & emotionally refill our inner tanks, too
-family hymn singing
-a new-to-me blog to refuel my passion for home and creativity
-Princess Katherine wearing a cape/blanket that her great-grandmother created for me to wrap up my babies
-sermon series on CD sent by sweet friends for us to ponder
-a dove carved from a clam shell by our creative and talented neighbors to remind us of the Holy Spirit's presence and work in our lives
-yummy eggplant recipes to utilize the abundance in Marulaon
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
They learned how to husk coconuts and then break them open and scrape them.
...and we were so busy eating together that I didn't take any more pictures!
Friday, June 11, 2010
This small salad set was too beautiful to pass up, and it's one of those things I've only found once. The rosewood bowl is a perfect size for a small green salad. This will be our last giveaway until we come back to Honiara at the end of August.
Please leave a comment by midnight (CST), Sunday, June 13, if you would like to add your name to our scientifically accurate "kids draw a paper out of the bowl" approach.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
-playhouses created by a big sister for a little sister who loves playing with her babies
-family games (from Benjamin)
-new recipes & the ten-year-old who makes them
Pecan Biscuit Spirals
(from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbs. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. baking powder
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup milk
1 Tbs. margarine or butter
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
3 Tbs. brown sugar
In a mixing bowl combine flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, the baking powder, and 1/4 salt. Cut in 1/2 cup margarine or butter till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center. Combine egg and milk; add all at once to flour mixture. Stir just till dough clings together. On a floured surface, knead gently for 15 strokes.
Roll dough into a 15 x 8 inch rectangle. Melt 1 tablespoon margarine or butter; brush on dough. Combine nuts and brown sugar; sprinkle over dough. Fold dough in half lengthwise. Cut into fifteen 1-inch-wide strips. Holding a strip at both ends, carefully twist in opposite directions twice. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet, pressing both ends down. Repeat. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes or till golden. Serve warm. Makes 15.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
We weren't sure where we were going, but we pulled off the side of the road, found some ladies, and began asking questions. They led us to an absolutely beautiful village nearby. A swiftly flowing stream sang to us as we looked at plants. I felt like I was walking through a recreation done by Disney or some zoo. It was so beautiful it almost seemed fake!