Wednesday, October 08, 2008

WOW...and in walks October

Is anyone else completely amazed at how quickly time goes? We have been in Vanuatu a total of 65 days! Is this not incredible? On one hand it feels as if we have been out of America forever, and on the other hand it feels like we only just arrived here. We are so privileged to be where God has us. His timing is perfect and we cannot ever add to His plans to make them any better than what they are.

You are now experiencing Fall (except those of you who are overseas like us!) and I am missing the smell of crisp mornings. Crisp not as in "burr" but crisp as in "mmm, a hot chocolate would be nice". ;) We are now entering into our summer. There isn't a whole lot of change going on (that I can tell anyway, maybe when I am more used to seasons here I will tell see a difference) by way of nature. You can tell what season it is by what is in the market. Mangoes are "fulup" in the market now. Pineapple on the way as well. So a little change on the dinner table is always welcomed. The kids LOVE just snacking on the fruit here. They eat at least 3 or 4 bananas a day plus a mango here and there, some grapefruit along with the veggies that are also in season like tomatoes, green peppers, cabbages, and some others that are native to this climate that you all would probably not be all to familiar with.

Some good friends that we met here, Pete and Liz, are heading back home to Australia tomorrow. Houghton has been working with Pete and two ni-vans here on the grounds. Although Pete is leaving, Houghton will continue to work with the guys (Joe and Lewi) and be able to get even more language under his belt as there will be NO English going on and so it will be Bislama "nomo" or only Bislama.

We feel pretty confident in getting around with Bislama. Still blubbering fools in most respects of new language speakers, but able to get around well enough. More and more each day. Jesiah is learning all kinds of handshakes and little phrases that the guys (Joe and Lewi) teach him. It's great.

Enough talk...and now comes what everyone wants to :) Thanks for your partnership! Couldn't be here without you there!

A centipede that the guys found while fixing the fence in our yard. They pulled out its "teeth" so it became harmless...otherwise could be deadly for children and cause serious harm to adults.

One of the centipede's "teeth" on the end of a as not to even touch it and thus get the poison on your skin.
The full centipede...
A pig (or what was left anyway) that Lewi and Monique bought for Pete and Liz's going away party. This was the next day...and the pig was still in the pot being snacked on throughout the day as the guys took breaks...interesting eh? So much for keeping it refrigerated. :)

Clara and Rebeka with AddyShowing how tall everyone is. :)

Jesiah eating some pomplamouse with friends
Winny and I - Winny is also referred to as "big mouth" :) She calls herself this and I LOVE IT. She is super fun and a great person to talk with as she is animated and clever. :)

Addy getting some attention just before we ate some laplap.

Winny holding Addy and a little chick as Si waits to hold it too

Houghton, Laura and I singing with Lewi and Monique at a fund raiser for Lewi and Moniques Sunday School program

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