Saturday, September 28, 2013


Last Monday we got to go out to the airstrip to greet a flight that had some special visitors.  Five people from our home church in Oregon are here as part of a short-term team, including Brian's mother (the one waving in the photo).  Greg was so excited.  He shouted, "It's grandma!  It's grandma!" as soon as he saw her.

The team is here to help with renovations to the Teen Centre - a large, multipurpose building that is important to the whole community, not just the teens.  Their main task is to re-paint the outside of the building.

It's so nice to have some folks from back home come to see us.  We are thrilled that they are able to see Papua New Guinea for themselves, and to get a better grasp of what our life and work here is like.

Dave, hard at work.

Maddy and Susie, making the place look sharp.

Jan got to sit down on the job.

 I think Sharon was having a little too much fun with that paint sprayer!

Today the team got to take a little side trip out to a nearby village, where they were treated to a traditional Papua New Guinean mumu.

Uncovering the food.

Grandma enjoying time with her grandsons.

Caleb loved being the center of attention.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Happy Independence Day PNG!

Today is the 38th anniversary of when Papua New Guinea peacefully gained independence from Australia.  In the past, we haven’t done much to celebrate the day.  This year, however, many of the employees who work on our center organized a celebration.  Many of them dressed up in traditional costumes representing their various language groups, and the rest were decked out in red, gold and black – the colors of the PNG flag.  The festivities included traditional dancing, drama, Bible readings in various languages that have vernacular Scriptures, and even a coconut-husking race.  Here are a few photos from the celebration:

 Our backyard neighbor and her son.



Caleb and I with Mavis, the bookkeeper for the Construction and Manitenace Department. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Happy Birthday Caleb!

Our little Caleb is a year old today!  How did that happen already?  Here are a few photos looking back on his first year:

Just home from the hospital

Four Months

Eight Months

One Year

The boys enjoying some candy that arrived in a birthday card from one of our supporting churches.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Sunday in September

I’m writing this blog post tonight to the wonderful sound of rain on our roof.  It has been dry here.  We were fortunate to return from furlough to a mostly full rain tank at our house, but several people that we know have run theirs empty (rain water=drinking water).  I’m sure there are some thankful folks out there tonight.  It’s a reminder that rainy season is coming, and before you know it, we will all be complaining about too much rain and mud, instead of complaining about dust!

I had the urge today to take some photos of my boys… and it was tough!  I swear, I followed them around all day, snapping pictures of this and that, and hardly any of them turned out.  Greg is at an age where it is almost impossible to get him to look at a camera, much less smile at it.  And Caleb… well, he’s just FAST!  In most of my photos he is literally a blur, as he goes nonstop from one thing to the next.  Still, I managed to find a few gems among the mess.

Posed photo?  Didn't work out so well.  But aren't they both getting big?

  Caleb. Loves. Power outlets. 

Here in PNG, there are little switches by each outlet to turn the power on or off.  It's very handy. It also makes a fascinating click that babies gravitate towards.  Click.  Click.  Click.  The soundtrack of my day.  It is also just about impossible to change his diaper, because he knows that if he stands on his changing table, he can flick the light switch off and on. 

Greg, growing up.

I can't believe how big Greg is getting.  He is so much fun right now - imaginative, silly, and smart.  (He can also be a big challenge.  I think three is more difficult than two.) 

A smile!  Caught on camera!

Where is Caleb?


He is into telephones right now.

My boys love crackers.  Luckily for us, there are a large variety of crackers sold in PNG.  "Cracker" is one of Caleb's favorite words right now.  This afternoon I used the word "cracker" while taking to Brian, and all of a sudden Caleb came crawling over from the other room as fast as he could.  He asked to climb up in my arms and then pointed toward the pantry shelf where they are kept!

That's one hard cracker!

Boys, playing with toys.

I am enjoying the fact that Caleb is a much more cuddly baby than Greg ever was.  Greg is my intellectual introvert.  Caleb is my social guy.  (In other words, Greg is a lot like me, and Caleb is a lot like Brian!)