Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Monday, December 29, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014
When we got back from the garden, I found a ripe papaya on the tree right next to our house.
Then, we taught Jason and Kayla how to husk, cut open, and scrape a dry coconut, essential for cooking in the South Pacific.
Friday, December 26, 2014
This morning was a community clean up day to get the village ready for a large group of visitors arriving early on Sunday morning. So, after morning chores were done, Aaron took the grass knife and went out to help our neighbors tidy up.
I thought our Jason and Kayla might like to try working with the grass
knife (the village version of a lawn mower), so we all went out to the
work area as we began our tour of the village to introduce our American friends to our Lavukal friends.
When we returned from furlough, we shipped a crate that had t-shirts from Eastern New Mexico University choir t-shirts in it. Kayla and Jason sent enough t-shirts that every house in both Marulaon and
Karumulun (Ezekiel's village) got a shirt - more than fifty! It was fun
for them to find the well-used t-shirts still being worn around the
village, and our neighbors enjoyed meeting the sweet couple who sent the shirts.
Some members of Kayla and Jason's church choir sent some things for our village, too, like enough hair rubberbands for every female to choose two.
My friend, Volikia, got some for herself and for one of the ladies who
wasn't at the house when we came by. Aren't her hands lovely? She has worked hard in her long life, and now her hands tend little ones more than they chop firewood.
We found this cute little guy sunning himself on a tree as we walked
around to the point of the village.
I love how my kids have made friends here and that they have the freedom to run and play around the village. Lelis and Louisa accompanied us as we introduced Jason and Kayla, and I love how Kayla's lens caught the two little girls from completely different cultures giggling together.
Olivia loves little ones, and lately Lolikia has taken a decided
interest in Olivia, even preferring Olivia to her own brothers. When we stopped by Chief Leonard's house to introduce Kayla and Jason and to share rubberbands, Lolikia decided to go with Olivia. Off she went with our crew around the village!
We found three generations of women around a table making necklaces when we arrived at Kiko's house. She is almost finished with her necklace after weeks of threading the tiny beads.
I sent Olivia to deliver Lolikia back to her own house, because the rest of us had some celebrating to do. Benjamin's birthday is really
tomorrow, but we will be attending the ordination of the first Lavukal
Catholic Priest, so today is the day we are choosing to celebrate the
amazing guy that God has given our family.
Thanks to our willing colleagues in Honiara, we had the ingredients we needed to make Benjamin's requests for pumpkin cheesecake brownies and cinnamon ice cream. Wow - were they ever fabulous together!
This dynamo, dimpled faced boy is fast becoming a man. Happy 14th
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
I just received another e-mail from Joanna indicating that they are now back on the initial Kosco schedule. Trying to track down information from the village can be pretty tricky since they cannot just make a phone call to check on the schedule like they can when in Honiara. So, they hurriedly prepared for the earlier departure, but found out later that it would, indeed, be Wednesday morning before the ship arrived. Pray for them as they make the adjustments to stay an extra night, including sleeping on sheet-less mattresses and trying to find enough extra clothes to go around!
The current plan is to meet the ship around 9:00 AM Christmas Eve (4:00 PM Tues CST). They hope to arrive in Honiara around supper time on Christmas Eve.
Thanks for continuing to pray as they continue to go with the flow!
Monday, December 22, 2014
Laundry detergent is a treat for our neighbors here in Marulaon, so I took a small ziplock bag and wrote the text from Malachi 3:2 in Pijin on the outside with a sharpie. Then I filled it with detergent. Not flashy, but my friend Margaret Rasol was super happy when I gave it to her! I'm planning to fill as many bags as I can before we go back to Honiara next week.
While I was packing this afternoon, I looked out the window over the kitchen sink and saw lots of little girls climbing frangipani trees and gathering flowers alongside Sarah. A few minutes later, a group of girls sat underneath our house making garlands of beautiful flowers to put on the necks of our friends. Aaron left at 12:30 this afternoon in a motor canoe in the pouring rain to go pick them up.
At the same time that my girls were stringing flowers, our friends Jason and Kayla were zooming back towards Marulaon trying to get here before night fell. Jason and the driver, Belza, took the opportunity to catch some fish along the way, and picked up three nice tuna.
God also gave our friends an amazing sunset as they motored toward the West. As it got darker, we began getting excited in anticipation. At radio sched with SITAG, we heard that the canoe picked up our friends earlier than anticipated, so we thought they might make it to our village by 7:00.
The kids and I went down to the beach carrying the beautiful flower necklaces. As our friends saw us waiting, they joined us. As the light faded, we heard the canoe approaching and everybody got ready to sing and welcome our friends. Our friends sang some beautiful songs and shook hands with Jason and Kayla, then they helped us carry the bags up to the house.
We got lots of hugs and a quick supper. It's hard to believe that they are finally here, since they bought their tickets in June. Because Fiji Airlines and Solomon Airlines are still not allowing planes from the other country to land, forcing people to stay a night in Fiji and a night in Brisbane, our friends' trip has been cut short by four days. But we're going to make the most of our time together and return to Honiara together next week.