Sunday October 17th
Mom was still in town and we were still getting settled in a bit. We went to church Sunday morning and were invited over to Byron and Sue Bruckner's house for lunch. [By the way, Byron is the founder of CYAK, and his hilarious wife sue works with Lauren and I in the office. She pretty much keeps us laughing non-stop]. After eating tons of chips and salsa and dried fish we were served a delicious lunch with amazing salmon. yum. We decided to go on a hike to make some room for dessert, so we headed down the road a bit to hike the Butte. It was a great hike, and the view is super rewarding.
After snapping a few shots and soaking it all in we made our way back to the Bruckner's. Byron was waiting with ice cream bowls and about every flavor of ice cream you could ever want. Oh and we let him practice his barista skills on us with his new latte maker, they were delicious. So lets see, church, friends, food, hiking, ice cream, and lattes...it was a pretty perfect sunday.
Friday October 29
Our church hosted an event called Singspiration. This is something that takes place in the villages on a regular basis from what I understand. Basically everyone gets together and enjoys a time of eating, fellowship, testimonies, and SINGING! I believe it is very common for this to go on for a number of hours with congregational singing from the hymns as well as individuals singing for the group. I feel like I have heard so much about singspiration in the villages so I was so excited to be a part of it here on the road system. Lauren, Nikki, and I had a pretty full morning going to Costco to buy all the food for the teen youth retreat called Fall Blast that will be coming up pretty soon here. After loading our carts, packing all the food into boxes, and shipping them out to Elim we headed back to the church to start the preparation for Singspiration.
Once we got there we started helping to make the fry bread. This is a very common type of bread, and is probably made a million different ways depending on who you ask to teach you. Every family seems to have their own 'special' way with a pinch of this and a dash of that.
Everything was delicious, and we had way more food then we knew what to do with. Everyone is so generous and spoiled us with tons of fish, moose stew,akutaq, and tons of cranberry pastries. It was a great time of fellowship and singing, I can see why it goes on for hours in the villages, it is such a blessing.
Saturday October 30
it was a beautiful hike.
Here are a few extra shots.