Sunday, May 30, 2010

Pinchos deliciosos

Hace unos días preparamos pinchos en la parilla. Salieron muy ricos. Lo que se perdieron. . .

The Gate is Finished!

Ben and his helpers (Jessy and Judson) finished the gate in good timing, one day before Ben had to leave for California. We feel safer. The only thing we miss is having easy access to our neighbors. We don't want them to feel that we are shutting them out. It will be very good, though, when the landlords' grandchildren come. The cars rush by on route 15, commonly called "the Back Road (to Andersen Air Force Base)."

Happy Memorial Day to Everyone!

Here is a grave with the original marker along with a newer one.

This navy man served in the Spanish American War. The U.S. acquired Guam as a result of that war.

Remembered by his children!

Unknown but to God!
This member of the US Navy served in both World War 1 and World War 2.
Guam is known for her patriotism. A large percentage (for her population of 170,000) of Guam's men and women serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, and many have given their lives for the freedoms that we United States citizens enjoy. Even in 2010 there is a large military presence in Guam with an air force base and a navy base. This morning we ventured to the Agana U.S. Naval Cemetery here in Guam that was established in the early 1900s. We explained to Joel and Amelia the significance of Memorial Day and that we must not take for granted the sacrifices that have been made for us. Here are a few pictures from our excursion. God bless you all as you reflect on the contributions made by the military. Tell a serviceman or woman TODAY that you appreciate him or her.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Coming to a House Near You: a Fence

The past couple days Ben and Joses have been clearing the trees and brush from our house to get ready to install a fence for the new tenants. I helped them on Saturday afternoon. We are excited that the children coming to live in the house after we leave will be safe from the rushing traffic on route 15. You can tell how dry it is by our brown lawn. The only positive thing is not having to mow! Please pray for rain.

Amelia Keeps Us in Stitches!

On Saturday we had a bit of a scare. Amelia was with Marisol and Joel at our friend Margarita's house for Spanish ladies Bible study when they heard a thump. Amelia had fallen on the tile floor and had a half-inch cut on her chin. Small pieces chipped off two of her teeth as well. Marisol called me, and we decided to take her to the Doctor's Clinic where they work half day on Saturdays. Well, I rushed over to PIU to borrow one of the school cars because Mari and kids had the car with them. She had taken our friend Lisa, MK from Spain, with her, so Lisa drove while Marisol was holding the gauze on Amelia's chin. Joel was also a great help. Amelia didn't cry at all, which had us a bit unnerved.
The screening nurse for walk-ins said that it was impossible for Dr. Perez to see her, so Marisol (they arrived at the clinic before I did) asked to advise Dr. Perez that we were there. We have become friends, he and his wife (also a doctor) support the college, and he agreed to take us. We had to wait a while, but it was worth the wait rather than be seen by total strangers at the emergency room. (It brought back memories of Joel's head injury on 1-1-09 during Mom and Dad's visit).
Joel stayed with Lisa in the waiting room while Mari and I went inside with Amelia. Dr. Perez was so kind to Amelia. He explained to her everything that he was going to do and did a bit of what he called "medical hypnosis," asking Amelia to close her eyes and imagine that she was swimming, looking at the "beautiful fish God created," the coral, treasure chest, etc. When she opened her eyes he reminded her to close her eyes and keep swimming, breathing in through her nose and out through her mouth as if she were blowing out a candle. I watched as he gave Amelia two stitches. Again, no tears, not during the numbing shot or the stitches. Afterwards Dr. Perez asked Amelia if she found the treasure chest. She said yes, so he told her to open it up, and he asked what was in it. He told her, "God's blessings." Yes indeed. That's how we felt about the whole experience, how God worked everything out. And that's not the end of the story.
Dr. Perez did not charge us one penny for everything he did for us. I still can't believe how God worked every detail of the whole experience out. The only thing I can say in summary is "GOD IS SO GOOD." No other way to describe it. She will have the stiches for a week or so. She has to keep it dry for 48 hours; then she can resume her normal activities. Never a dull moment at the Guam Farnsworth home!!! STAY TUNED for the next adventure.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

We want to wish all the special mothers in our life a Happy Mother's Day. Pictured here you can see Marisol's mamá Zulema, my mother Marilyn, and Marisol. We thank God for their presence in our lives, and we dedicate the following special poem to them:

A Mother’s Love
by Karen F. Williams

What poet can write enough verses to express the depth
of a mother’s love?
What artist can draw all the beauty
of a Mother’s love?
And what orchestra has more harmony than that
of a Mother’s love?
Mothers are God’s special gift to the world.
Their love is an example of God’s love for us.
It is unconditional.
And patient.
Today, mothers, we pay tribute to you.
Thank you
for your steadfast love.
Thank you
for teaching us right from wrong.
Thank you
for all your sacrifices,
which are too many for us to count.
We also remember mothers who are no longer with us.
We remember
your words of wisdom.
We remember
all you taught us about God.
As we close this tribute
We want you to know that it expresses only a fraction of a mother’s love.
For no tribute can contain enough gratitude to acknowledge
All the depth, all the beauty, and all the harmony
of a mother’s love.
May God bless you.
We love you, mothers!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

So Long, Farnsworths!

Last week PIU hosted the Staff Appreciation Dinner at the Onward Hotel. Following a wonderful buffet was a time of honoring those whose service at PIU is coming to an end. As you can see in the photo, our friend Anne, representing the university, presented us with a watercolor print of a carabao cart by local artist Judy Flores. Joel was delighted with the gift. Amelia was sitting with some of her friends. It's hard to believe that 4 years have passed, and we thank PIU for welcoming us into their family. We have learned and grown much during this time, and we will miss our PIU family. We'll still be in Guam until at least the end of June, so it's not really time to say our good-byes yet. We'll reserve that for a later date. Thanks, PIU!

Farnsworth Chapel Pictures

The Von Trapp Farnsworths sang last December in our Third Annual Farnsworth Family Christmas Chapel. Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh!!!

And we did a skit complete with a rap. Don't Melissa, Rob, Jen and I look snazzy?!? We had so much fun. It didn't matter that we couldn't rap very well!

Then in March I presented a chapel about servanthood based on John 13 and the vintage Glad song "Servant of Servants." I washed the feet of four of our students: Doug, Everly, Joses, and Terrick.

I have really enjoyed being able to speak and present during the PIU chapel times.

Leeman was a big help for our Farewell Chapel on April 27. He played the guitar and helped set up. I will miss him. He went with us on the missions trip to Palau two summers ago. This summer he will tour with the Voices of Micronesia group from PIU. They will be in CA, TX, and AZ for nine weeks. Please pray for them.

I sang a few of my own songs and some favorite songs. We also had a slideshow of pictures from our time in Guam.

We try to make our chapels family affairs. Amelia and Joel sang the "Guam Hymn." Guam is really the only "home" they have ever known, so it was a fitting tribute from them.
Marisol shared some of the things that she is thankful for in Guam. I was really happy that she spoke in chapel.

2 Years Already!

May 1 marked Marisol's second anniversary as a US citizen. We are happy and thankful that this step is behind us. We can't believe it's already 2 years.