Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Is it Friday yet??

Before we got here I once had this hilarious idea that Kate and I would get out of the house at least once a day. I think back on that ambitious idea and just laugh. Even as I type I'm thinking of ways to "bend" this so I feel like I still nailed it- and we do get out of the house at least once a day, just not in the same way I had envisioned. I thought we would go grocery shopping, on walks, to the pool, to visit other people- you know stuff like that. But instead we mostly stay home, unless we're feeling adventurous, it's not naptime, or have the energy to gather up the heaps of stuff a small person needs for survival outside of the home.

That's why we love Friday. Each Friday a group of moms get together to hang out while our kids play. It's right after K's morning nap, so she's ready to play. It's refreshing to meet with ladies and chat about life, ask "mom" questions like where to find things, how did you do that, or seriously, you've kept them alive this long so in my eyes you're an expert so tell me everything you know right now!... we also have a peek into the hearts of moms who serve the Lord by loving and caring for their family. It's a beautiful thing.

The kids play and then they eat lunch together. K and I usually leave around that time. She takes a killer nap after the playgroup. She's happy. I'm happy. She's making new friends. I'm making new friends. It's fun to be doing that together, both with K and just sharing life with other mommas.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Polomo Graha

Polomo Graha is the name of the neighborhood we've lived in the past four (almost five) years. It's a middle class neighborhood where many work hard at various jobs in the city- hospitals, internet/phone company, pilot, and others. The community has always been very sweet and welcoming to us- especially the kids.

When we first moved here the kids ranged in ages from 4-8, some younger and some older. Here they are back then: 

Life was simple then. Riding bikes, making up dances in the fields, laughter echoing down the streets, games of tag happening daily right outside our windows... that was the life.
Today it's different. Now four years later, the same kids are practicing riding motorcycles. They are only allowed to drive around on the three streets that make up our neighborhood. Kate and I will sit at the window and watch them drive by. Around 4 o'clock we go outside and sit on a tire that is filled with cement and watch. We watch the kids grow up. It's happening right there. We watch them as they become more confident in using a motorcycle. We watch them sit around and play with smart phones, listening to music that was popular a few years ago. They still laugh and play, but it's just different. The older girls have moved to a different island or city for schooling. I miss them, and I can imagine how their family miss them. Here are a few of them now.

The other shots I have are all videos. I love watching them play with Kate. I'm re-learning names and being intentional about going outside every day.  I'm not sure our family will ever be able to live in another neighborhood, we've got roots here. We're invested.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Indonesia Happenings

It is so easy to get disconnected from the world here. I mean we don't watch the nightly news or read the daily newspapers. It is easy just to focus on what we're involved in and forget that we live in a place where big things are happening. So here's what's happening in our neck of the woods...

Indonesia held a presidential election. This is significant because the current president, Susilo Bamband Yudhoyono (SBY), is not eligible for reelection. Indonesian law allows for a president to have two consecutive five year terms. SBY's ten year presidential rule has come to an end, and the people will elect a new president. The elections were held on July 9. The two candidates, Prabowo Subianto and Joko Widodo, have very different backgrounds and will have two very different ways of leading the country. When the polls closed on July 9, BOTH candidates claimed an early victory. Some are claiming this is the closest democratic election in Indonesian history. The official results will be announced this week.

Would you pray for peace in Indonesia when the winner is announced? Since the results are very close, it's possible there may be some anger and disappointment.

Indonesia is home to the world's largest Muslim population of 205 million. About 88% of the country's population is Muslim. This month many Muslims around the world are fasting for Ramadan. They will fast from sun up to sun down. A blog from a Muslim author explains: "The purpose of Ramadan is to rid man of those habits which he has accumulated throughout the rest of the year. It is a month that prepares man for the remaining eleven months by teaching him discipline and self control. This is a month of reformation and self reflection, where a believer can ponder of over spirituality and piety and bring a change for the better." At the end of the fasting month will come Eid al-Fitr or Lebaran in Indonesia is the day Muslims celebrate the end of the fast. They will begin their day by going for a prayer time at the mosque followed by a feast at their homes with family and friends. We hope to go visit some of our neighbors during the celebrations.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Gotta Feed Her

So, honestly, I can't remember if I have already posted this. I'm sure that's due to "Mommy-brain". Mommy-brain causes you to forget things like the day of the week, when the last time she ate was, when the last time you showered or brushed your teeth, and apparently, if you already wrote about this topic. So please forgive me, but the Momma is going to write about this topic.

Having a baby in Indonesia totally changed things for me! I have babysat kids before, but that just meant locking them in a room with a movie and a box of pizza for a of couple hours. When you have your own you have to feed them multiple times through the day. Milk is easy! It's the solid foods that shake things up. That "routine" you once had changes when baby starts eating solid foods.

Baby food here is easy to find, but it's not great for your baby- or so I'm told. The nutritional facts are in Indonesian and even if they were in English they would be foreign to me! There's a high content of added sugar to the food here. If you want an imported jar of baby food it would cost 30,000 rupiah at todays exchange rate that is $2.47 for ONE (tiny) jar of baby food. Kate would most likely eat on that precious jar of baby food for atleast three days. Ok, I'm only kind of kidding. This led me to...
 making my own baby food.

You read that right.

My lovely helper bought a pumpkin, sweet potato, and an avocado for me from the open air market. We tried the avocado first.

She gagged and then threw up. That was her first taste of solid food, maybe it was the texture or the taste. We're not sure, so we'll try it again some day.

The other foods took some prep work on my part. I pulled out my pressure cooker and cooked the pumpkin and sweet potato separately. I followed a recipe for the sweet potato that said to add a certain amount of water. The amount wasn't enough, and my kitchen and eventually the whole neighborhood smelled of burnt sweet potato.

But I just added more water to the pot and kept going. :) (As soon as I wrote this I realized why she may not like sweet potato...)

After the foods were pressure cooked, I peeled them. They were so easy to peel!

The pumpkin just came right out. It went straight into the blender to puree. The same thing was done with the sweet potato.

After this I scooped the food into a plastic ziplock bag. I just cut the bottom corner off like you would for piping icing on a cake. I then squeezed the food into an ice cube tray. The trays came with lids and I just labeled the lid with a dry erase maker. (Toot!! That's me tooting my own horn- because I think this is cool!)

I thought Kate would love the sweet potato. She just tolerates it. We introduced pumpkin to her recently and she ate two or three cubes. She gobbled up a whole tray within a few days! We have one more tray of sweet potato, which we'll push through. But that girl loves pumpkin. She makes "yummy sounds" when she eats it. She was so messy, but our friends gave us some pacifier type things with netting on it instead of nipples. You just push the cubes into the netting, close it up, and she eats her food like that. There's less mess and we know she's getting more food. She has already mastered the trick of moving food around on her plate to make it look like she ate it all- or rubbing it in her hair or chair.

I'm thankful she likes to eat. I'll be making more food soon. Never in a bazillion years would I have thought I would be making baby food. If we were in America would I choose to do the same?? I have no clue, and thankfully I don't have to choose! :) One thing is for sure, the girl's gotta eat!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What Are We Doing Here??

Over the past six years (can you believe it?! six years already??) I can't tell you how many times we've either asked ourselves this question or been asked by others. What are we doing here? It's easy to get lost in the every day normalcies of life here. We live a normal life- we get up, we go to work, we come home, we eat, we take care of Kate, and we go to bed.

So, we sometimes ask ourselves what are we REALLY doing here?
This past Friday we had the opportunity to refocus. We had the chance as a family to go to a New Testament dedication in an interior village. This was my first dedication to be apart of. I was SO excited. I don't think I stopped smiling the whole day. Here is a journey through pictures of the day.

Harrington's are up bright and early for the first flight of the day
Ready to go with plugs
ready to go with a headset
Our View

Greeted with traditional dancing

Amber and Kate with the beautiful traditional dancers

Kate trying the noken- traditional net bag

The people draped a homemade noken over Kate and Amber as a
symbol of respect.

Translators Andrew and Ann Sims being greeted by their friends

The people created a skit showing what life was like before the Gospel.

Missionaries came but they could not stop the fighting and killing.

The only Answer was God's Word in their heart language!

They have God's Word in the language they understand, and they
don't fight any more!

A pig that had been cooked in the ground was shared. There were
pigs being eaten all around Eipomek.

The ladies cookin'

An old, beautiful stove

You never know what you'll find in the pantry of a home in the jungle!
beautiful people

Everyone loved Kate!

sweet babies

Cute 6 month old baby boy, full of smiles

So, I ask again, what are we doing here?? Why are we here?
This is why...

God's Word being written in the heart language for people to know and love Him for years to come.
Lives of individuals being changed forever.
Hearts of tribes being turned back to their Creator.
Babies and little ones no longer living in darkness or fear, but living in Light.
Mamas and daddies no longer living in despair, but living in Hope.
Men and women committing their lives to Jesus!
Honestly, if you've ever thought about us, prayed for us, sent us financial gifts this is why you've done that. Yes, you love Jesus and us, but this is ultimately WHY- Jesus being made famous in the most remote parts of the world.