April 29 was Aidan’s birthday. He’s such a generous, funny, goofy guy who keeps us laughing! We’re so thankful for him.
Recently Mikah enjoyed what’s called the 8th grade sneak. Each year the 8th grade gets “kidnapped” and whisked away on a fun secret getaway. This year all the kids were picked up before they would normally leave for school and brought somewhere for a fancy breakfast. Following that they went to the beach in Jayapura. For supper they dined at Pizza Hut, always a treat. Then they made their way to the school where they watched a movie on the wall of the gym. The girls slept over at a classmates house and the boys slept in a shelter at the school. It was fun to plan this special surprise to celebrate the end of their time in elementary school.
Last week I chaperoned for Aidan’s class field trip. Their Indonesian teacher Pak J brought them all, including 4th grade, to the island he grew up on in Lake Sentani. The islands name is Abar. It’s interesting because people generally build their houses on the shores of the islands with only the church actually on the island. This particular island is famous for it’s clay pots. There is a special clay on the island that they use to make pots. Earlier they made pots specifically to store sago. Sago is a starchy substance made from the inside of the sago palm and is a food staple for the local people. The huge pot in the photos is a sago pot. After taking two boats to the island we all climb the freaky steps up and stored our life jackets in a small building that is apparently used as a kindergarten and an office. Then we squished into the little building with the two stars on the front. Pak J talked a little about life on the island as a child and then we saw a demonstration of a pottery wheel by a man from Manado who had been asked to come and train the island folks on how to make pottery using the wheel. Evidently they usually make pots by hand. The kids all had a chance to try the wheel. They also got to stomp clay. The clay is stomped to make it as smooth as possible. Us adults hung around and we talked a bit with some of the local ladies. They were a bit shy…