Saturday, February 23, 2013

Home in Tarawa

Our home in Tarawa

Entering home the first time.
Living area
Dining area



Bathroom, Closet

Pacific Ocean from our back door.

This is our home for the next eighteen months.  We have settled in and are thoroughly enjoying our life in this small part of the Lord's vineyard. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Coconut Trees

When we first moved in we had three beautiful coconut trees in front of our apartment.  The young girls enjoyed sitting on our steps in the shade as they ate their lunch.

  A few days later they began cutting them down with the excuse that they were cracking the retaining walls and also they didn't want the coconuts falling on our heads.  We were so sad.  I was so excited to have palm trees in my little front yard.  Now they are gone.

Beautiful Day

It has been a beautiful day.  They past couple of days it has rained most of the night leaving the day very overcast, hot and humid.  Today we woke up to a beautiful blue sky and fresh air.  Yes, it’s going to be a laundry day.  We have a washing machine here but we have to hang our clothes out to dry.  It reminds me of living in Hawaii, forty years ago.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Arriving in Tarawa

Tarawa through the plane window.

Welcomed at the airport by local citizens.

Passport line dividers

Local made counter with handwritten sign.
We arrived in Tarawa, Kiribati on Mon. Feb.11.  Tarawa is just a small strip of land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It is a very third world country, populated by a happy people.

New Zealand

We left Salt Lake City on Mon. Feb 4 and arrived in Auckland, New Zealand on Wed. Feb. 6. It was a 12 hour flight, but we crossed the International Date Line. We spent four days with Elder and Sister Jacobsen being trained in the International Teacher Education Program and seeing the sites of Auckland, including the Hamilton, New Zealand Temple.