February 24, 2013


Tour…taking it all in
(from the story of Winnie the Pooh, did I ever mention that I love Pooh?!)

“Say, Pooh, why aren’t you busy?” I said.
“Because it’s a nice day,” said Pooh.
“Yes, but---“
“Why ruin it?” he said.
“But you could be doing something Important,” I said.
“I am,” said Pooh.
“Oh? Doing what?”
“Listening,” he said.
“Listening to what?”
“To the birds. And that squirrel over there.”
“What are they saying?” I asked.
“That it’s a nice day,” said Pooh.
“But you know that already,” I said.
“Yes, but it’s always good to hear that somebody else thinks so, too,” he replied.
“Well, you could be spending your time getting Educated by listening to the Radio, instead,” I said.
“That thing?”
“Certainly. How else will you know what’s going on in the world?” I said.
“By going outside,” said Pooh.
“Er…well…” (click.) “Now just listen to this, Pooh.”
Thirty thousand people were killed today when five jumbo airliners collided over downtown Los Angeles…,” the Radio announced.
“What does that tell you about the world?” asked Pooh.
“Hmm. You’re right.” (click.)
“What are the birds saying now?” I asked.
“That it’s a nice day,” said Pooh.
It certainly is, even if the Backsons are too busy to enjoy it.

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

It is so easy to get caught up in the world. Do this. Do that. Schedules, work, school, paperwork…
Being in Chuuk, my eyes have been opened to the simplicity of life, and how people (mostly Americans) have lost the ability to not be busy and just listen. Pooh explains it so well! That if you just take the time to listen, your surroundings will tell you what you are missing out on.
I spent the entire afternoon, with my Weno host family, doing just that. They have a house on some land that is right on the water (unfortunately no beach, but I did not mind, the company and views made up for that).
We had a picnic lunch all together.
My mom took me up the mountain to see Xavier High School (the best private high school in all of Micronesia).
We spent a few hours just lying on a local woven mat. I just stared off into the horizon looking at nothing but ocean, and occasionally staring up at a coconut tree watching the windblown leaves.
It was the perfect day!
The best part…God whispered to me! He said this is one thing I want you to embrace while you are here. Just relax and listen to Me. Take in all that is around you and do not think, just listen. I love you and you are right where I need you. I am holding your hand and leading you on this journey continue to follow Me.

Do not be a ‘bisy backson’ it is a beautiful day out there, no matter where you are…
Go sit under a tree, stare into the distance and…listen
I promise you will not be disappointed, and your ‘to do list’ really will not be mad at you for ignoring it.

February 17, 2013

bball court

Tour…community work
Progress was made on the basketball court! It was crunch time…and it was amazing to see all the members of the community come together and put up the post for the hoops.
The youth in the community and all the important men of the village came together to get the work done. They even had the local ‘crazy’(he has some sort of mental disorder, and is often pushed to the side by a majority of the community) boy help out. It was amazing to see them include him in the work.
When a big project is done, it is culturally appropriate for food to be prepared. So some of the women helped prepare the food.
The men worked hard all day digging, mixing cement, and moving large rocks.

We took a break and ate together (some people came just for the food…).
The day was ended with the workers playing ball on the dirt court.
It was a great community day!

February 10, 2013

it is okay to be taken care of

Tour…sick (déjà vu)
Yes I have written about being sick already…but I cannot seem to get away from it…
This time it was my stomach…
I did not have an appetite. Feeling blah, and had to stay close to the bathroom…
My host mom was so worried about me; it was nice to have her take care of me. She did some more local medicine. She got the leaves from a local tree and rubbed them with coconut oil on my stomach. She made me special meals (meaning she asked me what I wanted to eat before making my food). While I rested she stayed in the house with me to make sure I was okay.

I was beginning to really feel down and smothered by the evil one, he was taking advantage of my weak health.
The devotion for the day I was really sick
February 8
“I am above all things: your problems, your pain, and the swirling events in the ever-changing world. When you behold My Face, you rise above circumstances and rest with Me in heavenly realms. This is the way of Peace, living in the Light of My Presence. I guarantee that you will always have problems in this life, but they must not become you focus. When you feel yourself sinking in the sea of circumstances, say “Help me, Jesus!” and I will draw you back to Me. If you have to say that thousands of times daily, don’t be discouraged. I know you weakness, and I meet you in that very place.”
By Sarah Young

I know that life is not easy and laid out step by step, but I have learned that it is okay to be taken care of. I have to stop being so stubborn and let other take care of me, especially Jesus. If I am able to allow those around me here take care of me, then I will learn to allow Jesus to take care of me.

February 3, 2013

baby fun

One of my aunts had a baby! She is the cutest little thing, and a great baby…she hardly ever cries! They came to live with us while she is on maternity leave. It has been fun to have a baby around, but it has also resulted in my family always asking if I want a baby. In which I respond yes but not now; first I have to find the right guy. This leads to them saying they will find me a good Chuukese man, because they want me to have a Chuukese baby…and my response is no thank you.
The women’s group at the church had a fun day for the kids of the community. It was a blast! They played games and had doughnuts and Kool-aid. The kids were split up into grade level. The younger kids had relays of passing balls down their line, and picking up pop tabs with little sticks. 
The older kids had relays of passing a ring on a stick using only their mouth to hold the stick. Everyone here gets so excited and loves to win. The prize…a package of Ramen!