There have been a few major events down here at the South Pole since we last posted. With the internet not working too quickly it has been a challenge to try and get anything uploaded; however, with a little bit of persistence and lots of waiting we might have a few photos and stories finally ready.
(In this first picture you can see Catherine and Sarah posing with their super duper space rover)
Well we have been getting some work done down here too. In materials we have been doing inventory, some more inventory, and when we need a break we do more inventory. Yay! It is not always fun counting for endless portions of time but we have a great team and we find ways to make it enjoyable. When I am feeling especially inventoried out I use the big guns – I tell myself inventory is the key to survival down here. If the counts for the parts to the power plant, or the amount of food we have (which would be really hard to get so far off it’s super detrimental of course), we could find ourselves in an interesting predicament. So I count with more fervor and sharpen my mind against the demons of laziness. Yes Sarah’s job is clearly of a higher import than mine, but that does not mean I cannot tell myself what I need to hear to get the job done right. That last line was said in a sardonic tone and a smile on my face, at least it was in my mind as I typed it out.
(This picture of an aurora over Cryo and the LO Arch was taken on our camera with the use of a friend's tripod we are borrowing. I've been having a hard time capturing great shots in the night and I'm working on it. This is probably one of my best as it shows the aurora decently and some stars too. I'll try better!)
Church services on Sundays have been going well. There are five of us who gather together and we are reading through the book of Acts. We use a lot of videos for worship or even for our lessons if they fit so feel free to comment and offer suggestions if you have any or know of any online. We do not have much internet to download things like this but I’ve managed to get a few that have helped out. It has been fun to use worship songs from Hope Church as they have offered a lot of support to us for this winter over. Not only did they give us shirts for everyone on station but they have also been praying for us while we are here too. Please feel free to think of us often and if you do pray lift up the entire station. As we get further and further into the cold dark months of winter people tend to find more and more faults with one another. We cannot leave and spend all of our time around only forty-six other people. Keep that in mind as we look for patience, kindness, and understanding down here.