English Community

We have been trying to help our friends, Pak Wawan and Ibu Nanik, whom (or who?) you have met before, learn English.  This is not an easy task.  I am so glad that I am learning Indonesian and not English!  English makes no sense whatsoever!

Anyway, besides meeting with us, they also attend an English class once a week at their son’s school.  This last week, we attended with them and had so much fun!


So, they were learning describing words this week and each person had to describe a picture of a person.  I was all set to go with my describing words for my turn, but when it landed on me, they made me do it in Indonesian (what is the word for “tie” in Indonesian anyway…?). 



Since I am a native English speaker, they asked me a lot of questions and a few of them had me stumped.  For example, how would you describe an Asian eye?  There is one word for it in Indonesian (although I don’t remember what it is).  All I could come up with was “almond-shaped.”  Any other ideas you native English speakers?


We laughed a whole bunch.  Let’s face it, when learning a new language, you say a lot of funny things.  I have often told people that they have beautiful grass (rumput) instead of beautiful hair (rambut).


Hopefully we can go again next week!


In five weeks, we will fill our container and move to Papua!  I cannot believe it!  It seems like our time in Salatiga has flown by.  But it also seems like we’ve been here for a long time.  Isn’t that how it always is?


We’ve started bungkusing (bungkus=wrap; bungkusing=Englonesian for wrapping) all of our things.

Oh, and on a completely unrelated note: I successfully cleared out my kitchen cabinets in order for the new cabinets to be installed and only came across one live cockroach.  That’s a win in my book!  (we won’t talk about the thousands of termites…)  The cabinets will hopefully be done tomorrow and I’ll have 5 whole weeks to enjoy them!  And then hopefully the new family will not have any bug issues, well at least not in the kitchen cabinets!

The Blogroll Round Four (The Final Chapter)

Ryan and April

Ryan and April are with NTM serving in Indonesia.  Right now they are in Salatiga with us and will also be moving to Papua!!


We are so excited that they are also headed to Papua because that means our time with them doesn’t end when we move away from Java!!  Maybe Nathan will be their pilot someday!  Go check out their blog and encourage them to update :) :)



Stems is a floral botique in Atlanta, Georgia owned by my dear friend Heather!  She and I met college and worked at 1-800-FLOWERS together.  She was way better at floral arrangement than me!  (which you will see is quite obvious when you visit her website!)



If you live in the Atlanta area and need some flowers, hire her!  She’s amazing and creative, plus she’s super sweet and easy to work with!  She did the flowers for my wedding and I LOVED them!  Yay Heather Feather!



Stephanie is another one of my dear friends from college.  Sometimes I wish I could go back to those days!  I would give just about anything to have an afternoon in Chicago with “my girls.”


Steph works at Moody Bible Institute as a Resident Supervisor.  She is one of my favorite people to sit and talk to.  I could talk with her for hours!  (Miss you Stephie!)


Tripp and Heather

We first meet Tripp and Heather here in Salatiga, but they are now living in Tarakan, Kalimantan, Indonesia working with MAF.


Tripp is an amazing photographer and Heather can make just about any home look like Pottery Barn!  They have three adorable kids Drew, Ella and Roman.  Go see what Tripp recently found in the cargo pod of his airplane!  Never a dull moment flying in Indonesia!

Ten Reasons

 We interrupt the regularly scheduled programing to bring you this post:

Ten Reasons that YOU Should Visit Indonesia!

1. White Sand Beaches (EMPTY white sand beaches!!)



2. Beautiful Mountains.



3. The Brigader Napoleon.



4. Hidden Waterfalls.




5. Underwater Landscapes!



6.  Gorgeous Clear Ocean Water.



7. Rest and Relaxation.



8. Stunning Scenery.



9.  Sturdy Boats with Chipped Paint



10. US!



Sometimes I can’t believe I live in this gorgeous place!!

The Blogroll Round Three

Jason and Joselyn

We met Jason and Joselyn when we were going through standarization training in Nampa (MAF headquarters).  Joselyn and I both own Nintendo DSs, so we bonded and co-founded the BMWs.  (I’m just going to leave the BMWs a mystery for now…)


Jas and Jos are assigned to Lesotho, Africa with MAF but are currently working in Nampa at headquarters.  They are hoping to return to Lesotho next year!  Their two cute kiddos are Emma and Sebastian.


Jim and Marissa

Jim and Marissa live and work in Alaska . Jim and Nathan went to Moody Aviation together.


They have a son, Dawson, who is 5 and a cute dog name Maggie, who chases bears out of their yard.  I’ll take ants over bears any day of the week!


Joey and Kathleen

Joey and Kathleen work with MAF in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Nathan and Joey were roommates while at Moody Aviation and Kathleen and I lived on the same floor!


Africa is a crazy place!  Read about their adventures on their site!


Kent DelHousaye

Kent is the former pastor of Northwest Community Church in Phoenix, where Nathan grew up.


Kent and his wife Stephanie were a huge encouragement to us last summer when we were back in the States!  We really enjoy talking with them and hearing their insight into life.  They have two boys named Ethan and Christian.


I hope you are enjoying this little trip through our blogroll!   :)

The Blogroll Round Two

Daniel and Becky

Daniel and Becky are also with MAF.  They are currently in the States finishing up their support-raising before moving to Indonesia!


This isn’t the most current picture, but it’s the only one I could find.  Sorry guys!  Their two cute kids are named Reece and Joseph.  Hopefully they will be in Salatiga by Fall of this year.  Unfortunately, this means that we will miss them because we will have moved to Papua by then.  However, since they also have been assigned to work in Papua after language school, we may end up on the same base someday!


Dave and Andrea

Dave and Andrea work in Okinawa, Japan with military kids through Cadence Student Ministries.   


Andrea and I have been friends since birth and were also roommates in college.  She could tell you some pretty hilarious blond stories about me.  (One time we actually called someone on the phone to ask them their phone number…the worst part is we both agreed this was a good idea.  She’s blond too. )  Dave and my little brother were actually roommates for awhile after college.  Small world, huh?


David and Vanessa

David and Vanessa, also with MAF, are in the States right now waiting on visas to come to Indonesia!  They are assigned to Kalimantan, but will first come to Salatiga for language school.  They hope to be here by August!


They just welcomed baby #4 into their family, little baby Clara.  She’s super sweet and beautiful.  You can see pictures on their website!


Heights Church

When we lived in Prescott, Nathan was working as a flight instructor and I worked at The Heights!


We sure do miss all of our friends there!

The “To Do” List

I just counted and we only have 8 weeks left here in Salatiga until we move to Papua!  I cannot believe it!

My “To Do” list keeps getting longer.  We are trying to purchase all of our major household items (furniture, appliances) here in Java because it is SO MUCH CHEAPER!  Plus there are all kinds of little odds and ends that need to be wrapped up.



We will really miss Salatiga.  We’ve made great friends here and have come to enjoy it.  This house in Salatiga has been the most consistent home we’ve lived in for the last two years!  But we are also ready to move on to the next adventure; after all, we did not come to Indonesia to live in Java! 

So, in the next two months we will be packing up our house, putting in all in a shipping container and sending it to Papua, and then saying goodbye to our friends…again.

Mandie dan Jonathan yang Gawat

One of our requirements for Units 7, 8, and 9 of language school is to read books in Indonesian.

In Unit 7 I read a book by an Indonesian author.  I would plunk myself down with my book in one hand and dictionary in the other.  It turned out to be a pretty sad story about a couple who have a set of twins.  The dad has an affair, one of the twins dies and the mom goes crazy.  Real heartwarming, huh? 

So, for Unit 8 I was determined to find a more light-hearted book.  One day we were at one of the small bookstores in town and I was so excited to find the Mandie books translated into Indonesian!!   When I was in maybe 5th and 6th grade, I loved the Mandie books.  I’m not sure how many of them exist, but there are a lot! (Mandie dan Jonathan yang Gawat is number 28!)  Since my Indonesian reading ability is about at a 6th grade level, I thought the Mandie books would be perfect!

Does anyone else out there know and love the Mandie books?  I’m dying to know if Joe and Mandie ever get married!  Seriously people, this is important information!!  (although, maybe that part of the story hasn’t been written yet.  In the book I’m reading now, Mandie is only 13.)


Here’s a little excerpt for your reading pleasure (or maybe just confusion):

“Mandie selalu bangun pagi, dan ia terjaga keesokan paginya tepat saat seorang pembantu masuk ke kamar yang ditempatinya bersama Celia dan diam-diam menyalakan api di perapian, meski pun mansion besar itu memiliki tungku pembakaran yang menyala.  Pembantu itu, seorang gadis muda yang belum pernah Mandie lihat, mendongak dari tempatnya berjongkok di dekat perapian saat Mandie duduk tegak di ranjangnya dan menyapa, ‘Selamat pagi.'”


MAF Papua is starting to receive these new airplanes, the Quest Kodiak!

The Kodiak was designed with mission aviation in mind.  It uses jet fuel, which is cheaper and easier to find than the avgas that our other airplanes use.  It is also can carry more cargo than the Cessna 206 (the majority of the planes in Papua are 206s.  MAF’s plan is to switch to a Kodiak and Caravan fleet over the next few years!)

We are excited that we will be joining the MAF Papua team soon and will be a part of these changes!

Please pray for the MAF Papua team as they train and work out all of the kinks with this new airplane!!





Cheesecake Kedua

Remember this post when I said my next cheesecakie would be a Brownie Caramel Cheesecake?

Well, tonight I tried it!

This one was much more complicated because I had to make both the brownies and the caramel from scratch before even getting to the cheesecake part.

So, I started with this recipe:

Brownie Caramel Cheesecake

  • 1 (9 ounce) package brownie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate fudge topping
  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan.
    2. In a small bowl, mix together brownie mix, 1 egg and water. Spread into the greased pan. Bake for 25 minutes.
    3. Melt the caramels with the evaporated milk over low heat in a heavy saucepan. Stir often, and heat until mixture has a smooth consistency. Reserve 1/3 cup of this caramel mixture, and pour the remainder over the warm, baked brownie crust.
    4. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth.  Pour cream cheese mixture over caramel mixture.
    5. Bake cheesecake for 40 minutes. Chill in pan. When cake is thoroughly chilled, loosen by running a knife around the edge, and then remove the rim of the pan. Heat reserved caramel mixture, and spoon over cheesecake. Drizzle with the chocolate topping.


    See how it calls for a brownie mix and individually wrapped caramels?  Well, we don’t have those here in Indonesia, so I’m on my own.

    So, then I found this recipe:

    Best Brownies (they’ve got to be good with a name like that right??  Let’s hope so!)

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan.
    2. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.
    3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.
    4. To Make Frosting: Combine 3 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup confectioners’ sugar. Frost brownies while they are still warm.


    Of course, for my cheesecake, I just mixed together the dry ingredients and then followed the original cheesecake recipe to make the cheesecake crust! 

    Now for the caramels…this is a little tricker, but doable!

    So, I found this recipe:

    Caramel Candies


  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 2/3 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Directions

    1. Combine brown sugar, white sugar, butter, corn syrup, cream, milk and vanilla in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Heat, stirring occasionally, to 250 to 265 degrees F (121 to 129 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a rigid ball. Pour into an 8×8 inch pan. Let cool before cutting.


    I actually cut this recipe in half.  I also discovered that candy-making is really not my favorite thing.  It’s hot and I burn myself…alot.

    This is where the tragedy comes in:



    Ignore my chipped nail polish for a second and check out those blisters!  No more flip-flops for Becky for awhile (which eliminates about 99% of my footwear)

    Also, I apologize for the picture of my food in a food post.  I’m sure that Martha Stewart would not approve.  But I’m pretty sure that she doesn’t read my blog, so I’m not to worried!

    Here’s how it happened…the caramel was finished cooking so I removed the themometer and wanted to put it immediately into water to make for easy cleaning later.  Well, the little plastic top (the only part that wasn’t hot) slipped off  the themometer on the trip from the stove to the sink, dropping the rest of the themometer onto the floor and splattering 250 degree caramel onto my foot.  Ouch.

    Anyway, Nathan stepped in and helped me finish the caramel while I iced my foot.  (what a guy huh??)

    So, after the caramel, I just finished the cheesecake according to the recipe.


    Here is the just-out-of-the-oven results!  Hopefully it tastes good!

    Again…I apologize for the foot picture. 

    Really, I’m sorry.

    Happy Cooking!