September 15, 2013

back to school

My second year of teaching started this past week! (we started a week late…)
I finally met my principal! (She was away last year, she went to America to have her baby)
We had a full week of school! (yea!)
I am teaching lower grades and Amanda is teaching upper grades. (all students will be learning English from a native English speaker!)
The students I taught last year remember what I taught them! (guess I did know what I was doing…who knew?)
My little sister started kindergarten! (she knows more than most of my first graders!)
My little brother graduated to 1st grade (he knows more than most of my second graders!)

Heres to another school year…hopefully we will have more school than we did last year! (that is my biggest goal-attendance!)

September 8, 2013


Tour…getting involved
The youth asked me to be a part of the finance committee for the group. I was surprised that they asked me, but excited to be a part of the community in another way.
Our group basically decides how we are going to raise funds for the youth and what we use the funds for. So I plan fun events and things for the community to do.
Sometimes we will…
Play bingo
Sell plates of local food
Since I have been too many fundraisers in America I have plenty of new ideas for the group!

It is nice to be involved in the community with people my own age. People are now asking me to go with them to meetings, so instead of sitting around all the time I am always going somewhere and doing something! I am so excited!

September 1, 2013

God watches over us

Tour…netipechow (sad or heavy heart)
That is how it felt when I got news of my parents being in an accident, and I am thousands of miles away.

A Peace Corps friend of mine saw the news on Face book, she texted me and asked if I had ‘talked to my family recently?’ I said ‘no, why?’ she responded, ‘they were in an accident, but no one was hurt.’

My heart sank! Netipechow!

I texted my mom to call me right away and she did. I was so happy to hear her voice and know that my parents were ok. (I have no idea what I would have done if something happened to them…)

The Lord was looking over my mom and dad, neither of them was hurt, but their car was totaled by another diver who was under the influence of drugs driving 80 in a 25!

Even though I am so far from home, I know that the Lord is watching over me and my family at all times!

August 25, 2013


Tour…fengen (together)
My family is back together again! Papachii came home from the hospital. He is slowly getting stronger each day.

Enrich turned 6!

Amanda and I went on a picnic with MWichen Maria (the women’s group at church). We had a bbq, with a ton of food! When we were finished some of the women chased everyone and dumped bukets of water on them, it was a fun afternoon.

Random thoughts…
Since my family’s visit and having Amanda on Fefan with me, I have realized just how much Chuukese I know! It is way more that I thought!

I enjoy having another volunteer on island with me, because now I have someone to go and kukkunou (hang out) with.

August 18, 2013

new PC

The new group of Peace Corps had their swear-in ceremony this week! It is super exciting to have new faces in Chuuk. I am especially excited because the school where I teach was able to get another Peace Corps, so now there will be two of us helping the teachers and students.
I will be teaching lower grades (1-4) and Amanda will be teaching the upper grades (5-8).

I was invited to sing with some women at church. I was on my way home from my tutor and I saw some women practicing singing. I stopped to listen, and then was asked to practice. Once we were done they asked me to sing with them at church, I said sure! It was so much fun! The exciting part was that I knew what I was singing and everyone told me that I said all the words correctly they were surprised and happy that I am finally comprehending the language!

The song was Samon kopwe tumunuei, which means the Lord will take care of me.