If You Give a Kid a Marshmallow

If you give the adorable village children each a marshmallow they will ask for another. Once you give them another they will ask if they can come inside for a drink of water. Once you let them inside for a drink they will ask to clean your house. After they have done the dishes and swept the floor they will ask to climb trees until it rains and they are called home.

But seriously, I may have gotten the children hooked on marshmallows. Oops. Many of them had never had marshmallows until they caught me making s’mores over our leaf pile a few months back. I can’t wait to see their faces when they get Peeps this weekend thanks to my parent :)






Thursday the boat came with goodies (specifically cheese and mail!). Special blog shout out to my amazing best friend Jessica for the care package of Spinzels, one of my favorite snacks. And the kids will love the Fun-Dip! You are the best! And the letters from the rest of your family were so cute! Love you all!


Friday night was the senior class siva which was held in the gym at the high school. It was conducted very similarly to the Faleasao siva, with each student doing a dance to raise money and plenty of opportunities for everyone else in attendance to dance as well. School dances in Samoa are very different from school dances in America; they are community events complete with each student’s parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. Everyone had a great time and about $3,200 was raised for the students’ gradation expenses.

Chris Rejoyce


electric slide





siva boys 2

siva boys

Siva Loto

Siva OJ

Sunday was Palm Sunday so a special island-wide church service was held at the church here in Faleasao. Mikaela, the cutest baby ever, was my official photographer. She got a few pictures of the service before discovering she could reverse the camera and take her own photo.


As I’m sure you all know, last night was the blood moon lunar eclipse. Manu’a had a front row seat and it was amazing. The eclipse was spectacular, and incase that wasn’t enough, we used the school telescope to get a better look at not only the moon but at Mars, Saturn and 4 of its moons, and a few star clusters. The whole thing was breathtaking. The sky here is something I will never get sick of. On any given night I can walk out my front door, lay down on the beach under the clearly visible Milky Way and count shooting stars. Photographing the moon without a tripod to keep the camera still proved rather difficult but I got a few cool pictures of the eclipse as it progressed.

eclipse 1





2 thoughts on “If You Give a Kid a Marshmallow

  1. That was fun to read! When you get home, I’ll have some marshmallows ready to give you for some work too! I’m glad you got to see the blood moon and eclipse- we didn’t see it here. Love you! Daddy

  2. Magical, wonderful marshmallows! and I like the way you tell the story. ‘If you give a mouse a cookie’ was always one of your favorites…

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