September 14. The Lord gave us pretty nice weather this morning and rain again this afternoon. The temperature dropped about 20 degrees early afternoon.
After our spelling quiz today in English class, we diverted from the normal routine and talked about Independence Day. Daddy had blown up some balloons for me yesterday afternoon, and I hung them in the schoolroom — red, yellow, and white. I thought we had a black balloon too so we would have all the country colors. Even Daddy thought it was black, until he blew it up. Then it was definitely purple. Well, that wouldn’t do. So I just hung up the three colors. At the beginning of my talk, I asked the kids if they knew what the balloons were for. They couldn’t think of anything. I asked if they knew whose birthday would be on Sunday. They guessed everyone who hasn’t had a birthday yet and Steve even guessed Matthew. I finally had to tell them that it would be PNG’s birthday. So we talked about when PNG was born, and then I had them help me figure out how old PNG is — 37 years. After that I gave a very brief history of the country and how it became independent. I explained the national emblem and national flag. Then they stood and sang the national anthem and said the pledge to the flag. I asked them if they knew what the words meant that they were singing and saying. (The song and pledge are in English.) They understood parts of them, but not all, so on Tuesday I will go through them and explain the meanings. Then I will have them each make a PNG flag.
At the end of school, I put all their names in a dish and drew out three names to take home the three balloons. Graham got the red one, Esau the yellow, and Sunny the white. The white balloon was shaped like a heart.
There was lots of grading and grade recording to do this afternoon. Then I continued with next week’s lesson plans. (Had finished the Bible lesson plans this morning.) Stopped to make an egg and vegetable soufflé for supper. Warmed up some of the leftover spaghetti sauce to put on top. It tasted pretty good.
There were lots of dishes again tonight, and then I worked on lesson plans again until just a little while ago. I am thankful to have them all finished up for next week. After I finished, I did a little walking. Definitely need the exercise.
“1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 2Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.” Revelation 1:1,2
September 15. No rain this morning, but cool and cloudy at first and sunshine later. Rains came again this afternoon, and it is still raining this evening. There are lots of bugs too. It won’t be much fun taking a bath with bugs. Ugh!
There were 14 here for prayer lotu, more than we expected as a good number of folks are (or were) still down at Yonupeq.
After lotu, I got the bed made, and clothes folded from Thursday’s laundry. Erased Sunny’s next math lesson page, made changes in the other kids’ math books, added the next science lesson to their science books, put a pot of rice and lentils on the wood stove to cook, swept the meeting room floor and cleaned the chalkboard, peeled carrots and put them on to cook. Dinner was done before 12:00 so we ate a little bit early and had an earlier nap today. That was nice.
Most of the afternoon, I worked on lessons and things in the computer. Made banana pudding for supper since we have lots of ripe bananas. Forgot to put the carob powder in so we each mixed some in with what we had in our bowls. The pudding was a nice change and a nice treat.
This evening, I got the new verse visual made for next week and found a tune for it. Then I did a bunch of printing and just had a little snack. Now it is time for bath.
“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Revelation 1:3