We don't see any reason to use specific names and places and a number of reasons not to post those on the web. For convenience of writing, we'll call our friend Y.


Progress in 2014:

  • Stock living in the water (in the local port area) since Dec 2013. They've shown good growth, though (for a number of reasons) we don't have good data to show for that. But we are confident they like the environment.

I love finding encouraging blog posts! I receive the Elemental Science newsletter via email each month and this month I found an especially helpful post. Many of us probably took at least a few days off during the holidays and before diving back into a full schedule it's always a great idea to evaluate how the first half has been going.


Ahhhh. . . the Holidays!  A time to celebrate the Lord’s many blessings to us, the coming of our Savior, and looking forward to a New Year with hope and joy.  A time to draw closer to friends and family, and to build memories in our homes across the sea!  My hope and prayer is that this blog would warm your hearts, spark ideas, and cause a new sense of “home” to grow in your family.

Deck the Halls!


This year, in spite of my reluctance to do crafts, I was inspired by an easy one when it came time for me to lead our small Sunday school class. Even though none of the other children were from America, I thought they wouldn't mind focusing on being thankful even if they don't celebrate Thanksgiving in November like we do. When I pulled out the red, orange, yellow, and brown paper I was surprised when one of the children from New Zealand recognized them as autumn colors. I had not known they experience these fall colors in New Zealand too.


Fall is one of the seasons I miss seeing the most. Here it is green and oh-so-hot all year round. So each year I try to fill the house with fall art projects to help all of us remember and savor the taste and feeling of fall. Here are a few projects we did to celebrate fall here in Indonesia:

1. We made corn weaths as seen here:


I found out about VocabularySpellingCity this summer when I was doing some research about adding an online spelling program to our school year. We began using the free version and my two children who were using it were thoroughly enjoying it. So when I got a chance to review the VocabularySpellingCity Premium Membership, I was excited to add some new games and some of the other great features of the paid version.


I'd like to say that it was the experiment itself that was a failure, however to be fair, the failure is me. Yes, I am the one who fails to want to do experiments, fails to give them their fair credit, fails to put on that exited face for my kids' behalf, and fails to make the time to do them. In many aspects of life, my "childlike faith" is an advantage. Not so during science experiment day.


Sausage Kale Stew
adapted slightly from Dinner a Love Story

This recipe is done in 20 minutes from start to finish. (That is, if you live in a country where you can buy beans and tomatoes canned, and sausage already pre-made). :) Because I live in a country where you can't get pre-made things, I've included some extra steps, and some adaptations.

1 lb. (1/2 kilo) italian sausage, casings removed, or turkey italian sausage to make it healthier (see note for sausage recipe)
2 small onions, finely chopped