Thursday, January 31, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
The good news is that InterVarsity Publishers was willing to send another box of the same books via a different mail carrier so that I got the books in the nick of time. The original box of books I ordered from them has yet to arrive. I have been told by seasoned professors to expect them within the next six months. I also received the second box of textbooks I had ordered from Thomas Nelson Publishers on time. Just like the first box from them, this one was also delivered to the University of Guam - go figure!! Regardless of the nerve-racking timing, all books were accounted for by the commencement of class! Thank you so much for your prayers.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Now, I'm going to digress into another story that, I promise, will eventually connect with what I just relayed. There is a lady, Evelyn, at Pacific Islands Bible College, who told the story of her boss, who was feeding two boonie (wild) newborn kittens, and some boonie pups. Boonie cats and dogs are all over the island. It is common for the mothers to abandon the litters. (I'm not sure why this is. Maybe the mothers die or are forced to leave in search of food?) Eventually, the boss realized she was allergic to cats and she was getting very sick every time she fed them. Evelyn asked us if we would consider taking one of the kittens. Right away I thought what a great diversion loving this kitten would be from our sadness over being separated from Teyler. Unfortunately, I knew we couldn't afford getting the kitten its shots and getting it neutered, etc. Conversationally, I mentioned that if the boss was willing to pay for all vet expenses, we'd take the boonie kitten.
This is the part where it all ties together. Our family is now the proud owner of a little orange tabby kitten. Of course, upon his arrival, the naming debate began. Name after name was brought to the bargaining table, when lo and behold, the master of the house suggested "Teyler Junior," and thus "TJ" was christened. Immediately, that poor, scrawny, malnourished boonie kitten was bathed, shampood, blow dried, combed, and bejeweled (with a cute collar with his name). For about a week, he was terrified of all people and any loud noises. Now, TJ is the adoring "child" of Katie and Noelle. Besides his first dousing, recently, the poor thing has joined the girls for both a bath and a shower. They are smitten with him and he with them. And so, although we don't have the real Teyler, we have the next best thing, Teyler, Jr., better know as TJ!
"Every good and perfect gift is from above." (James 1:17b)
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Thought I'd take a picture of a spot in the road we travel over almost daily. Unfortunately, it's difficult to get a good perspective with a picture. The hole in the asphalt is about 1/3 the width of the road and could damage your tires if you tried to travel through it. There is not enough room to go around the outside of the hole without leaving the road. Unfortunately, what is not evident in the picture is that the gravel on the side of the road drops down so that if you swerve to avoid the hole, you'd tear out the bottom of your vehicle. Instead, you have to put the edge of your tire on the edge of the asphalt and then your other tire will be on some gravel that is more level with the road. Now, you have to add to this the fact that this picture was taken on a relatively dry day so that you could actually see the edges of the hole and the sides of the asphalt. With just a little rain, this whole area is flooded, so you just "hope" you get your tires in the right spot. Factor in another interesting tidbit of information. It gets dark year round in Guam at about 6:30 p.m. Many (probably most) of the roads in Guam have either no streetlights or very few streetlights. Furthermore, many (probably most) have no center lines or side lines marking the road, that makes figuring out which direction to steer your car quite the guessing game! Now, picture yourself driving down this road at night in the rain (extremely common) with little visibility and no markings to follow, and you might have a fairly good idea of what it's like to drive on Guam!
P.S. At the end of the road is St. Paul's Christian School where Christian attended the first half of his school year. We JUST transferred him to another school, which is another story!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Hmmm..... Should I tell you the story of how last night I fell into a three-foot-deep hole walking to my car in one of the nicest neighborhoods on island? Or should I tell you the story of driving on roads so bad that two nights ago, when I lightly braked for a stop sign, my car just kept sliding and sliding into cross-traffic, causing the car heading toward me to have to swerve into the on-coming lane, barely avoiding a serious accident? Or, perhaps I should tell you about trying to get parcels from the States. Yes, I think I will focus on that since it is causing me quite a bit of stress at the moment.
I will be teaching a four unit counseling class at
This is Jayvina. I believe she will be one of the students in my counseling class. She is an extremely bright and sweet young woman. Please pray for her and the other students at the college, many of whom struggle with English as a second language and face trying circumstances within their clans on various islands throughout
Not the best picture, but here are the banana donuts made from the "cooking bananas." They were delicious! That entire bunch of bananas shown above plus 1 cup of flour, 4 tablespoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and voila! They reminded me of my Grandma's corn fritters but sweeter. Katie and Noelle liked them dipped in syrup.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
P.S. Thanks, Bill, for encouraging your sister to share the fresh bananas with us. You need to hurry up and visit so we can play volleyball with the locals!!!