Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
We'll post that one when it's done, with pictures and the story to go with it. Thanks for sharing our quilting adventures.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Here's a picture of the dessert group.
For our last picture, here's Harry relaxing on the couch, which is currently located in the kitchen because the tables were all in the living room. He worked hard, grilling fish, chopping, stuffing and making his stuffed mushrooms, and telling people to look in the pantry at my new rack- you'll have to read about that on his blog. Thanks again to my Saipan family that celebrates fall with me here on Saipan, as if that were a perfectly normal thing to celebrate on a tropical island.
Friday, September 21, 2007
And then we move on to endearing family member number 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. That's right our cat Cuda was just a tramp, plain and simple. Here she is with her nursing brood of kittens. You get to guess again, who had to clean out the litter box? Well, you'd be wrong, I had to go to LA with Harry for surgery, so Sarah and our poor neighbors had to do the massive scooping. One day we came home from work and heard this squeaking noise under Sarah's bed. Huge Cuda went from rotund to rather skinny with 7 babies at her side. Sarah was in kitten heaven.
And on to family addition #10, that we just can't leave out. BABY EMMA ! Yeah, Sarah came home from NMC one day saying there was only 2 puppies left under a building at NMC and could we please adopt one? Knowing Jax was getting old, I thought it might be the right time to introduce a new dog to the family, and hopefully Jax would have company in his old age and be able to teach her how to be a good dog. How silly am I? Jax just wanted her to go away. And she had to get a dog training collar to learn how to be a good dog. We told Sarah, ok, we'll take her, but Sarah had to clean up all the puppy training messes. To her credit, she did clean up most of them. Here's the fat little girl dog.
As the fall dinner approaches I was remember-ing our past dinners. Yes, this is the 3rd annual dinner already. I came across this picture while reminiscing about the old dinners. This is Rachel and Bryan. Rachel lived next door to me for one year on Saipan. For a whole year, we laughed, played with our often rowdy dogs, we cried, we shared some of ourselves. It takes me about a year to let a person get to know me very well. I must have trust issues. I realize the policy with some long termers is not to get to know anyone until they've been here for 4 or 5 years, and they plan on staying. I guess the thinking is that it takes a lot to invest in a friendship, and when they leave after a short time, it's heartbreaking and you have to start all over. Well, I've taken a different view on that. I feel I should enjoy the moments I am given with the people that God brings along my path, even if I know that person will only be around for a short time. I'm so glad I did that with Rachel. She's a great person, and I'm guessing we'll be lifelong friends, even if she doesn't live here anymore. Our family sure misses her, but we're also happy to hear about her new life in the states. Most of you probably know Bryan. He's a long termer. Bryan hung out with our family from the time he arrived on island. Even after getting married, he still hangs out with us now and then as they have become adopted family members. He and Hozumi are always a part of the fall potluck dinner parties, too. So I guess the fall parties have become a time to share good fall American food with Saipan "family" and long term and short term friends. I definitely have some treasured memories so far.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I was watching the lightening storm last night after dinner. It was just spectacular! I just curled up in my nightshirt and sat out on the patio and watched and listened to the loud, vibrating thunder. It's hard not to be WOWed by God while watching and listening to His fabulous display. Emma was just giddy with joy running around in the rain, trying to figure out a way to snap at the "fireworks". You just have to wonder about a dog that jumps after fireworks and lightening, but runs from your house guests. Sheesh. Anyway, I just had to smile at the wonder of it all. I also enjoyed the fresh smell of the rain and the coolness of the air. In the states, fall is coming, so my friend wrote me about the temperatures dropping in the evening, the days of cool air approaching. I was slightly envious. I remember being in LA with Harry while he was getting one of his surgeries. We went walking everywhere for long distances and just truly enjoyed it because the air was always cool and refreshing. We actually walked so long that my feet and legs hurt. It was so nice. So last night I just sat on the patio, breathed deeply cool refreshing air, and enjoyed the wonder of the lightening and thunder. Great stuff! The pictures are from the NOAA Photo Library. I was so caught up in the storm, that I didn't think to take my own pictures.Job 37: 2, 4, 5
Hear attentively the thunder of His voice, And the rumbling that comes from His mouth.
After it a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain them when His voice is heard.
God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend.
Psalm 29: 3
The voice of the Lord is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The Lord is over many waters.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Yes! I did it! Harry took me scuba diving at Lau Lau on September 8. Here I am swimming with the fish. Yes, I know, I don't look like a "good" diver because my arms are out. But it's been so long since I went diving, that I kept reaching out to the fish (not touching them) in fascination that they would swim right up to my mask and hang out near me. Yes, I was just enjoying the sheer wonder of weightlessness and swimming with fish. Harry kept the dive easy for me, so we only went to about 60 feet.
I got to see this baby lion fish. So cute. It was only about 3 or 4 inches long. Harry was hoping I would see a turtle, but there weren't any around that morning. I'll probably have another chance to see a turtle, as I'm sure I'll be diving again. I won't wait so long this time. Since I'm not in the greatest shape, hauling the gear is still hard for me, but it's great once I'm in the water, of course. So I won't ever be the regular diver that Harry is, but I'll still get in the water now and then. This was a fun accomplishment for me, so I'm really happy that Harry took me along.
September 8 is a memorable day for me, as it is also my son's birthday. Happy 24th Josh!