Here are some more of Mom's journal notes telling about their adventures on their trip home to North Carolina!
November 10 and then 9 again. There weren’t that many people waiting for the plane “last night” - that is, at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, and the plane wasn’t as full. It was the same type of plane as last time, and we were just three seats ahead of where we were the last time. Even though this trip was over two hours shorter, it seemed so much longer. It was hard to relax and sleep. The night was VERY short - we were soon into daylight and back to Monday, November 9. Don’t know when we crossed the International Date Line.
On the plane, we were fed refreshments at the beginning of the flight and breakfast before the flight ended. Arrived in Honolulu a little before 5:00 a.m. A couple young men met us with wheelchairs and took us quickly through customs and on to the baggage claim area. They had to help unload all the baggage off the belt so we just sat and waited for them. Then we picked out our baggage from among those they had gathered there, and we were on our way to the exit. Pastor Ching was right there waiting for us. Priase the Lord! We waited by the curb while he went back to get his car.
Pastor Ching took us to the home of Nappy and Jeannine Napuunoa, a very small twelfth story apartment (condo, we assume); but they wanted to take care of us so we are grateful. They are both in their late 70’s (soon to be 80), and they both keep active. Jeannine cleans people’s houses, and Nappy does yard work. Nappy is retired from the navy.
Jeannine warmed up some supper for us since they had already eaten. There is no room for suitcases here in the little room where we are staying so we opened them up one by one and went through them all to get out what we really needed. Two of them are now stored on the “lanai” (balcony), one in a corner of the living room, and one in the corner of our bedroom.
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16
November 10. After supper last night, and after we did all the unpacking that we needed to do, we had showers and went to bed.
It was 86º when we came into the city yesterday, and the night was still VERY warm even though there was a little breeze. No air conditioning in the apartment, but fans. We sweated most of the night. I am sleeping on a twin bed and Daddy on a futon mattress on the floor.
Nappy had gone out early to work, and Jeannine went a little bit later. There was rice crispies, banana, and toast for breakfast. After breakfast, we did laundry. It had been a week since last time - the day before we left Goroka. Got the clothes folded and put away, sat and relaxed a while, then took a walk up the street to Safeway and got a couple things for snacks -- figs and rice crisps for me; Pringles for Daddy.
Jeannine was home by the time we got back to the apartment. She fixed cheese, tomato, and lettuce sandwiches for our lunch. Then we had a nap. Then Pastor Ching came to take Daddy to another store to try to find some juice and All-Bran which we couldn’t find at Safeway. Instead of buying just a couple things, Pastor Ching had loaded Daddy down with a bagful of groceries - organic milk, goat milk, multi-grain bread, rice cakes (wild rice), grape juice, prune juice, chocolate cookies (for Daddy), almonds (for me), granola, and some kind of bran cereal - all organic products from the health food store.
For supper this evening, we had leftover meat loaf and chicken legs, leftover rice, and leftover mixed veggies. Spent the evening talking with Jeannine and Nappy until they went to bed. They both go to bed early because they get up early and later go to work.
“For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.” Jeremiah 16:17