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We’re back from the village

December 10, 2012

We’re back!

For the last three weeks, we stayed in a rural village to improve our Pijin and learn more about what life is like for Solomon Islanders.

I’m not really sure how to explain it or where to start. We won’t make this into our journal or document every day, but we’ll probably do posts later on a few topics and things we’ve learned. If you have questions or things you want us to talk about, please leave them in a comment here or shoot me an email.

We actually got back four days ago. We certainly hadn’t forgotten about all of our blog readers, but between unpacking, catching up on skype with our families, and having a few major events with co-workers, we hadn’t gotten anything posted. Thanks to all of you who have been interested in how our time there was!


We stayed in a house by ourselves. One of our co-workers knows someone whose family currently is living somewhere else for work, so we stayed in their (new! but not quite completed) house. Their close relatives lived next door and helped take care of us. I’ll refer to the next-door neighbors as our “host family.”

These black boxes were our luggage. They ended up being our furniture too. The house didn’t have any shelves, so we kept things in these the whole time.

our house right after we moved in

our house right after we moved in

What did we do in the village?

I did a lot of laundry, dishes, and cooking. I worked in the garden with my host mom a few mornings, got to talk to a few other ladies several times, and had some time to read and write a few letters.


Our host sisters watched me struggle with laundry the first time. Then I asked them to help, and they did.

John took care of the boys quite a bit and did some language-related work. He might explain about that later. I don’t know what pictures he’d want me to post, and he’s asleep (as I should be), so no pictures yet of those things he did. But he did a lot.

Baby M took very short naps due to the heat, toured the village while being held by various pre-teen girls, and let us know that he now wants to stand up or be held and not sit or lay down.


our host mom is holding Baby M here

Little D played with the faucet and buckets of water our host family used for laundry. He visited the coconut press nearby, played with the host family’s kitten, looked up to our host brother who had driven us to the village, asked to go back to our house in the capital, and sat in the hammock by their fire. By the end of our time there, he was used to it. Now he’s asking to go back to the village, but he understandably seems far less bothered by the adjustment back here than he was by the adjustment to the village.

In the picture below, a host sister had gotten some green coconuts down from a nearby tree. Little D and another sister are sitting on the coconuts. The third sister is holding Baby M. The girls are about to chop open the coconuts to drink the coconut water from inside. Little D will ask them for one, and they’ll give him one. They later brought me another.


about to drink green coconuts

In this picture, a bunch of us had gone to a river on what had been a particularly hot day. We “swam,” which more means “bathe.” Some teenage guys drove the truck into the river and then washed it. Our host mom is holding Baby M.


Our host mom holding Baby M one evening

Together, we hung out at our host family’s house a lot, ate supper with them several times, walked around the village and chatted with people in Pijin, and went to a few church activities. We also walked about three minutes to the beach and watched the sun set several nights.


On our way to the beach. Our host dad taught some guys mechanic things, and they practiced fixing these trucks.


Little D climbed a fence, then watched the sun set

We all stayed surprisingly healthy. Little D only got minor injuries, John’s critter bite (snake bite?) healed quickly with antibiotics, and none of us really got sick.  That was pretty amazing.

That’s all for now. I’m not sure it’s a balanced picture of our time, but it’s a start.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Tammy Hodel permalink
    December 10, 2012 7:50 am

    So thankful for your time there! How’d the coconut water taste? 🙂 I read this to Jo and asked, what do you like about these pictures? She said, “Daniel.” 🙂 Love you guys. Praying for you.

  2. December 10, 2012 9:23 am

    Wow – your village house looks soooo nice! We’ve been praying for you guys 🙂

  3. Alyssa permalink
    December 10, 2012 2:57 pm

    I’m so glad you had a good time! I look forward to hearing more!

  4. Grandpa Jim permalink
    December 10, 2012 6:54 pm

    Enjoyed the pictures and reading what had taken place.

  5. Grandma Kay permalink
    December 10, 2012 9:24 pm

    Thanks for the pictures! It helps me to visualize more what your experience was like.

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