Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our loved ones back home.  Today is just another work day here in Papua New Guinea, but Brian took the afternoon off of work so that we could enjoy a lazy holiday afternoon together.  We are especially thankful this year that we have family here to celebrate with.  Brian’s parents arrived last Friday, and Greg has been having tons of fun with grandpa and grandma.  

Our Thanksgiving spread.  Turkeys cost about $70 here, so we stuck with a plump chicken.  But all the other staples are there – sweet potatoes, steamed green beans and carrots, rolls, stuffing and pumpkin pie – all homemade, of course.

Right now Greg is out for a post-lunch walk with grandma and grandpa, and Brian is asleep in front of the fire.  (It was a rather cold and drizzly day, which just added to the Thanksgiving atmosphere).  Here are some of the other things that we’ve been doing since Bob and Sharon came:

 The morning after they arrived was our annual Craft Fair, and I had a table selling some things that I had made.  Sharon brought some of her homemade cards and was my helper all day long. 

Sunday after church we we out to lunch at the Kainantu Hotel - basically the only restaurant nearby.

They have a nice grassy outdoors eating area at the hotel, so Greg was happy to run around while we ate.

And of course Greg has been enjoying all the attention from grandpa and grandma.  He thinks they are lots of fun. 

Playing cards with grandma.

Catching a ride on the "tuktuk" at dad's shop.

Friday, November 18, 2011


I think this is the first time I’ve mentioned our Ukarumpa Community Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on this blog.  Funny, since it’s been such a big part of my life the last few months!  Every other year, the community does a theater production.  Two years ago we did Fiddler on the Roof, which I had a small role in.  This year I got to be one of the stepsisters in Cinderella (the one with the annoying laugh).  Theater is something that I thoroughly enjoy being involved in.  Who knew that it wasn’t going to be one of the things that I had to give up to be a missionary in Papua New Guinea?  Thanks God!

Brian, on the other hand, is quite relieved that it is over.  Now he gets to have his wife home in the evenings, not off at rehearsals.

Here are some photos from last week’s performances:

Ah... the evil step-family.  Don't we look pleased with ourselves?

The gal who made the costumes did her best to make us stepsisters look ridiculous for the ball.  Don't you love the hats?  (She had a magazine with photos from the royal wedding for inspiration).  I don't know how many people told me I looked like I had a big piece of wrapped candy on my head!

Obviously the prince is very impressed...

Uh-oh, trouble.  Why is he so infatuated with that mystery girl?  (This is right before our song, "Stepsister's Lament")

Cinderella and the fairy godmother were played by a mother and daughter, both with beautiful voices.  Also Becky  (a.k.a. fairy godmother) was the amazing seamstress who made all the costumes.  It's absolutely incredible what she could make out of old clothes and fabric from the secondhand clothes stores in Kainantu!

We got to help Cinderella with her magical transformation backstage.  We had four people helping and about 30 seconds to turn her from rags into this beautiful ball gown.  The dress, by the way, was made from two dresses and a curtain, all from the secondhand clothes store.  Becky did all the beading by hand.

Trying on the slipper.  This photo is a bit embarrassing because my foot is all dirty on the bottom.  I mean, my feet are dirty all the time here (sandals + dirt roads = yucky feet), but I should have thought to wash them before the performance.  Oh well...