Well, we finished our shopping rounds. Daddy got a toilet for Connie’s bathroom. We got a few more things at the second hand store. Then, since there weren’t very many people at the West stores yet, we checked the little stores there for the colors of yarn we couldn’t find anywhere else. But they didn’t have them either. Came back to the flat for a pit stop. Then went to all the stores uptown. Decided to check the yarn at SVS again. They had some new ones out, and what do you know, they had the two colors we couldn’t find anywhere else. They didn’t have them the other day so I was thankful they had them today. Silvia will be happy too. She had asked for a bunch of colors for her bilum.
While Daddy was standing in line at the SVS bakery, waiting to pick up our bread and cookie order, I went rounding in the dry goods department. It was too hot to stand in line with him near the bakery. They had some pretty “mom” cups out – a little early for Mother’s Day. But my “mom” cup that the girls gave me several years ago got broken right after we got here. Serah just put it in the dishwater, and somehow it broke. So I bought one of those to replace the other one.
After SVS, we came back to the flat. Now it is dinner time. Just leftover chicken ‘n’ rice warmed up in the microwave.
Trust you are having a restful night. We have had quite a busy day as you will see from the journal. A little bit longer entry than yesterday:
March 10. (Sorry, some of this information may be repeat information) It is 5:00 p.m. I am waiting for my bread to toast. Have to toast it on the griddle because the power is out. A big storm came up this afternoon, and it is still raining a bit now.
Today was busy. Started out the morning cooking rice cereal for breakfast. Daddy filled up the washing machine while I was getting the cereal ready. Then I put the clothes in so they could be washing while we were eating. After I hung out the clothes, made the bed, and read my Bible, we took off for town. Went to Didiman first and got a toilet. Then to the second hand store where we found a couple sweaters and a couple pair of trousers for David’s boys. Stopped at the other West stores to see if they had the other two colors of yarn Silvia wanted. They didn’t. Nobody in town had those colors.
Supper is over. Dishes are done. It is about 6:30 now. Let’s see, where was I?
After shopping around West, we came back to the flat for a pit stop. Then uptown to Papindos. Got a piece of material for Apekio, bread for Daddy, white vinegar, and a cracker snack. That’s all, I think. Went to Bintangor and got some pencils for Gibson, and a couple carpenter’s pencils for Daddy. They were on sale outside. Inside the store, we got fresh veggies, another box of cereal, a couple more packs of banana chips, and a can opener. Found some packs of fresh jack fruit in the fresh veggie section too so got one of those. Didn’t know they had jack fruit in this country. Maybe someone has brought it in. It would be nice to have a jack fruit tree, wouldn’t it?
From there we went to SVS to pick up Daddy’s cookies and my bread at the bakery. Decided to check their yarn one more time and see if I could at least find something close to the colors Silvia wanted. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had some new colors in, and they had the exact two colors she wanted.
After SVS, we came back to the house. It was about 11:30. Worked on a couple e-mails until lunch time. Finished up the leftover chicken ‘n’ rice for lunch. Then Daddy got ready to go out again. Took some more boxes over to the hangar. Went to the post office and mailed a bubble envelope with a few items to Christy and Connie. There was another package there. It had gotten here in only three weeks. Had some music CD’s, vitamin supplements, some bandage items, books and mail and receipts, maple and vanilla and almond flavorings (hooray!), and a little foil packet with some kind of chocolate syrup.* Hmmmm! There must have been a little puncture in the packet because there was chocolate on several other items. Thankfully there wasn’t any on the papers and books. The syrup did turn solid after it was in the fridge for a while. Thank you so much for getting all those things for us. Thank you for the pretty rainbow picture with my song on it, too.
*Oops! This “chocolate syrup” was actually some chocolate truffles we (Christy and Connie) had sent them. Apparently they melted on the way. ☺
Daddy went and got drain pipe for the toilet this afternoon too. They only had 6 meter pipes, and wouldn’t cut a smaller piece off to sell. Six meters is too long for the plane. But Daddy asked if they could cut it in smaller pieces [to fit on the plane], and they did. This morning, Didiman didn’t have any tanks to go with the toilet, but a shipment came in today so he was able to get the tank this afternoon. So praise the Lord for supplying most everything we needed this time in town.
After my nap, while Daddy was gone, I washed my hair. Then got the clothes in and folded them and started packing. Worked a bit on the income report before supper.
Power was out for an hour or so this afternoon. A big storm with strong winds came up. This is the first rain we have had in several days. It has been raining lightly for a couple hours now. We are thankful that the power came back on. Now it is 7:00+ and the rain has stopped.
After supper, I did up the dishes and packed away most of the food stuff, except for what we need for snack this evening and for breakfast.
“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Isaiah 57:15
We got another letter from some friends in New Zealand today, and they said they are safe and sound, and there was no damage to their new home from the earthquake. Their two daughters didn’t have any damage either, but their son’s home was badly damaged. He says that Christchurch looks like a war zone because of all the damage it has suffered. Why has all this happened? He says, “I believe it is because of the great wickedness, immorality, and ungodliness. People do not want God in their lives, so He has stepped back and this means that we lose some of His protection and provision.”