Sunday, November 23, 2008

forget the format

I have been unable to blog for just about a week now ... total frustration, but I suppose you are getting tired of hearing that from me.
this past week has been a whirlwind of "stuff".
things that make you go "hmmm" to borrow a lyric.
Jonam's knife wound is healing nicely, though it may end up causing some to re-think the wisdom behind allowing throwing knives on base. he is to take out the stitches tomorrow.
his need for surgery is another thing all together. certainly not expected and in no way his fault. It has had us on our knees and in deep conversation with each other.

Evan is ready to come home. he has had a harder go of it here than Jonam has. Jonam can see the positives in both staying here and going home.
I feel as though I have reached my limit. I do not wish to experiment with my emotions a whole lot longer, and a visit tonight from a new friend helped solidify much of what we had been mulling over already.

many are the plans in a man's heart but it's the Lord's will that prevails.

so glad Candy stopped by. so sorry to see her go.

today was a great day all around, though. Mike spoke succinctly at church asking us to examine who we look up to. challenging us to have grace for our co-workers, especially if some of them need to go back home ... it could just be possible that what the Lord has for them is back there and not on the field, like we might wish.

then we visited with some new friends in Galiwali Blok. we took with us a 2L bottle of cordial, 5 packages of biscuits and a bag of rice ... we had no idea that the whole village, practically, would be waiting to meet us!
then we visited with some new friends in Galiwali Blok. we took with us a 2L bottle of cordial, 5 packages of biscuits and a bag of rice ... we had no idea that the whole village, practically, would be waiting to meet us!
We were shown around their garden, kolau and a bag of raw corn to cook. All for us, and they watched as we ate and drank, not eating or drinking with us.
They made us feel like celebrities and asked us to please come back later tonight, but we had to decline, having tupela moa bung behin (two meetings later).
narapela taim (another time) Here, Jonam watched the other kids weaving and did as they did, producing a rather nice crown in the end.neal got into the action by wearing the headdress, only he ended up looking more like mullet head. oh well ... it was a fantastic day. did I already say that?

2 comments:

SmallWorld at Home said...

I love that first picture of you and Neal. There is so much there. I've been thinking so much about you this week. I hope you had a good birthday. Maybe your good day was your birthday; I get confused about the time!!

K2 said...

We (*I*) never get tired of hearing your frustrations. For how are we to pray intelligently if we do not honestly know how you are. Love you!

2 Thessalonians 1:2-4

(2) Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (3) We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.(4) Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.