Tuesday, February 21, 2017

President's Day

Sarah made us a lovely Lincoln Log for President's Day yesterday afternoon.  And she doesn't do anything halfway.  Peanut butter playdough became shelf fungus and some leftover, soggy candy corn became another type of orange fungus (that we often see in the village) perching on our log.

I delighted to hear our kids immediately say that in addition to eating cake, we should also be praying for our president to celebrate President's Day.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Belated Weekend Wonders

 "Life is an exciting business and most exciting when it is lived for others."  ~Helen Keller

If there is anybody who lives out this quote by Helen Keller, it's our sweet Betsy.  She serves SITAG faithfully and quietly, cleaning with integrity and keeping the homes at SITAG running smoothly.  And she always has a smile on her face.

To celebrate Olivia's cast coming off (and the great job she did taking care of her wrist) we took our family and a couple of extras to the pool. 

I'm grateful for the free pool pass and for a fun bunch of kids to rejoice with us.  Kids who demonstrate that life is most exciting when it is lived for others.

Of course, another form of excitement is the stomach bug, which hit Aaron Saturday night.  Thankfully, it stayed away from the rest of us, and by this morning he was feeling back to his normal, chipper self.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

"I must reaffirm before God that I am ready for the ways in which he is going to shape me through the circumstances and the opportunities of the hours ahead."
~ Gail MacDonald, High Call High Privilege

No ship available again this weekend.  Just another circumstance through which God is shaping me and my family.  May we be faithful with our extra time in Honiara and use our opportunities wisely as we follow each step of the path God lays out for us.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Saying Goodbye

This morning we got to take Henk and Margreet to the airport.  Seems like only yesterday that we were picking them up!

Saying goodbye isn't quite so hard this time because we know we will see them again at the end of April when we fly through Canada on our month long journey to return to Arkansas.

Thank you, Henk and Margreet, for being good friends, servants for SITAG, and especially a fun aunt and uncle for our kids!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Olivia's Wrist


 Olivia hasn't slowed down at all with a broken wrist, in part because she had people around the world praying for her healing.

Over the past six weeks, we've been so proud of her as she diligently obeyed the rules to take good care of her arm.

We know that the healing is in God's hands, but Olivia had a responsibility to do her part in protecting the arm. 

When Aaron contacted the doctor about coming back down to the hospital for the x-ray, the doctor asked Olivia to remove the cast ahead of time.

Yesterday Olivia began her day with her Bible in one hand
and a bowl of water soaking the other hand.
The doctor displayed both x-rays and showed Olivia how well her arm had healed in the last six weeks.  This one is the "before".
And early this morning, a smiling girl plopped down in bed beside me to say her scripture memory.  Minus a cast.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day

Although Valentine's Day has morphed into this mushy day to celebrate romantic love, our family likes to remember the friends and family that God has placed across our path.
Olivia and Katherine enjoyed making cookies to share with their friends while I made coconut custard in heart shaped muffin cups to share with my friends.  Nothing fancy, but I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to let people know that I love them.

When our goodies were in the oven, Katherine and I snuggled up and read "Valentine" by Carol Carrick.  I especially love the sweet illustrations as the grandmother and granddaughter bake cookies together.
My little Valentine cuties are growing so fast.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Iron Sharpens Iron

 We have the best colleagues EVER.  What you see in these pictures is only a small slice of the high caliber men and women we work with every day.  People who hold quality and integrity in high regard.  People who give sacrificially of their time and energy.
This weekend we were the beneficiary of two different colleagues helping Aaron become more comfortable with the software that Bible translators use.  The laughter was the "cherry on top".  We all tend to have a similar sense of humor around here.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Not Yet

When Aaron called this morning, the Kosco still didn't have the part it needs.  So, we won't be going to the village this weekend.  Instead, I'm sitting on the porch watching the next line of wind and rain roll in, enjoying the coolness, and being grateful I'm on land.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

 I am so grateful that our kids (and their friends) have a place where they can run around and play outside.
They joyfully swing out over the ravine in complete trust and surrender and encourage me to follow their example.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Because when the sun finally comes out after the heavy rain warning, you've got to take the opportunity to dry your clothes.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Simple Sunday Supper

Shared by a SITAG colleague years ago, this easy meal helped make our Sabbath a little sweeter today.

Carolyn's Quiche
(I double and use ramekins for our family of six)
Combine and place in well greased pan:
1 cup or more cooked cabbage (we usually choose Chinese cabbage)
1/2 cup sautéed onion
1 cup grated cheese
Mix and pour over cabbage mixture:
1 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
pinch salt

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) for about 40 minutes.  Let stand for a few minutes before eating.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Odds and Ends

-A sweet friend of mine recently posted about our cooking in the Solomon Islands.  It's feels a little strange for our normal, everyday lives to be featured on somebody's blog, but in case you are interested, go take a peek.
-Aaron called the ship yesterday afternoon.  The office reported that the ship is now operational and plans to make a trip to Auki on February 9th before it leaves for our area on February 12th.  If everything stays the same, we plan to be on that ship next Sunday!

Friday, February 3, 2017

My nine-year-old is growing up way too fast.  When I plopped down in the hammock and pulled up the winter book basket, I invited Katherine to get in my lap so I could read books to her.

She was less than thrilled.  Maybe because it's too hot to make believe at winter weather.  Maybe because she's outgrowing her mama's lap.

But it didn't take long before she ditched the long face and we lost ourselves in "The Blizzard".

We've added a few books to our winter book basket over the years.  "Winter:  An Alphabet Acrostic" by Steven Schnur and "A Snowflake Fell:  Poems About Winter" compiled by Laura Whipple are a couple of my favorites.

It did seem a little bit funny to be pretending the snow was blowing around us when our feet were bathed in sunshine

and I could peek through the porch rail and see the coconut trees that are being attacked by the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle.

Snuggles, books, lemon snowballs, and lemon ginger tea made me one happy mama.  No pretending necessary.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Next door, in SITAG's training center, the Jesus Film Project is holding a five week training for ten languages in the Solomon Islands.

It is busy over there!  This afternoon, when I snuck over to take pictures, small groups of people were scattered in every available space.

And quietly, working behind the scenes, sweet Judy takes care of everybody in the very full training center.  I sure do love her servant heart!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Yet another reason why I love school at home.  Because sometimes you just need to get comfy and balance your science book on your feet.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"Noah is remembered as a man of faith because he built the ark, but to me, the real act of faith was lived out beneath that first rainbow.  Noah surveyed the empty, post-flood landscape and did not collapse under the weight of his to-do list.  Instead, he put one foot in front of the other and began, in faith, at the very beginning.  Sure of what he couldn't yet see, Noah cleaned up the mud.  He fed the animals.  He planted a garden.  He did this all by the light of God's colorful message." 
~Christie Purifoy
Last night's rain left diamonds on the banana leaves.  I discovered these jewels when I went outside to hang up laundry this morning.
The rain also cleared out the worst of the humidity.  Instead of the usual haze, I can see the nearby islands clearly.  And the fishing boats that congregate each night in the harbor like sheep herded into a fold.

Aaron called the Kosco's office yesterday morning before his meeting.  The ship still doesn't have the part it needs to run again.  Instead of calling and calling and stressing about the maybes and calling again, we've decided to delay our return to Marulaon Village until February 12.  That should give us enough time to know for sure and to proceed in an orderly, somewhat calm (if moving is ever calm and orderly!) way.

I'm so grateful for the extra week for Aaron to focus on the back translation of Ruth and Jonah and for me to keep chipping away at all of Sarah's paperwork for financial aid this fall.  Yay for the internet!  We refuse to "collapse under the weight of the to-do list" and commit to following Noah's example.