Archive for November, 2013

Very Tall Bouquet!


Not every girl gets a bouquet taller than her for her special day! Thank you Mark and Marvin, the banana man who gave us the flowers! We are grateful!!

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3 acres for sale for $20K


Dear Friends, Family, and Readers,

Directly across the road from us is 3 acres of land for sale! Wouldn’t you like to be our neighbors?!?! 🙂 If you are interested, give them a call! The land is on road 6, in Hawaiian Acres, just down from F towards G.

The Hawaiian name for Road 6 is the same as the rough lava, O`oa`a , pronounced Oh-oh! Ah-ah!, probably because that is what you would sound like if you tried to walk on the rough and very porous lava. Funny enough, Hawaiian Acres has very little O`oa`a lava. We have plenty of Pahoehoe lava. Pahoehoe is MUCH more solid, and sometimes looks very ropy, like a lot of ropes squeezed up together.

Below is a picture of pahoehoe (pronounced pa-hoy-hoy) lava


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We finished unloading our container about two hours before our deadline with the help of two friends this morning. We had some truck troubles yesterday and the day before (dead battery AND keys locked in the truck) but both were overcome. We are grateful to our neighbor Andrew for charging our battery this morning and for Andrew and Noel’s help in unloading the second half of the tubs. A couple of days ago (Sunday), Mark and I unloaded the 1st half of tubs and shelves; it took us the better part of a whole day’s work without the help of the truck.

After the empty container was picked up, we went into Hilo to purchase two more white extra heavy duty tarps and do LOTS of laundry (it ended being about 7 loads worth)! I am looking forward to being able to do our own at home!

Quite remarkable was the weather these past 5 days. We had no rain during the day and very little at night the whole week! Such a blessing! It rained when we were framing the floor joists (with Brent’s help!) and putting the plywood on the day before the container arrived, but the plywood had a chance to dry completely by mid morning. It really was a blessing that the lumber was water logged, because our inclination was to make the floor as tight as possible! The first real rain (during the day) after the container came was around noon or 1pm today (5 days later), after all furnishings had found cover! To top it off, the moon has been amazingly beautiful, bright, full, and encouraging as we worked into the night with headlamps on.

I (Rachel) was knowing that no matter what the weather turned out to be and no matter what condition our stuff arrived in, God is in control! A few pieces of furniture need some glue, and some got marked up a little, but in the big picture, none of that matters so much. We are grateful to be here and grateful that our stuff is here too.

Two upcoming projects are to build a roof for our solar panels and to sort and put away all the 18 gallon Rubbermaid “roughneck totes” that were shipped. Peace and blessings to all!!

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Our stuff came and 2 tents are up!

I am grateful for…
Nov. 15, 2013 11:30 pm
I am grateful for good temper, grace, unconditional love, I got up at 4:45 am today and read the lesson to section four!, a shower this morning, two tents are up!, BEAUTIFUL weather!, amazing cloud patterns, sunrise, beautiful & strong platform for the stuff. I am grateful that I am able to document the process.

I am grateful for good!! And the fact that goodness is substance, not things!

We are so very grateful for Brent Calkins for donating his time and tools for our platform project. We are grateful that we have ring shank nails and 3/4″ tongue & groove plywood.

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Lumber ordered!

The lumber, piers, and nails for our platform have been ordered, paid for, and will be delivered today! …

So said delivery is about to arrive momentarily!

We are sitting in the truck eating lunch- cashew butter with “homemade farmer’s market” Starfruit-Ginger jam on sprouted wheat cinnamon raisin bread.

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Rambutan for breakfast!

Rambutan is very similar to lychee, longan, and guinep (which Rachel had in Jamaica when she was in the Peace Corps).

Rambutan is sweet. The fruit is stuck to the entire seed instead of at one point like lychee.

The past few days, we have spent cleaning, planting, seeing friends and making new ones, and preparing to build a platform. Our goal is to have a platform 12×48 built by a week from today.

Much love and stay tuned!



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