This week took an unexpected turn for us. Here are a few photos to tell the story:
It all started out normal. On Friday Brian took a PMV to Goroka to buy a new truck (not for us – it’s a corporate vehicle).
Caleb continued to try to open up the latch on the gate that keeps him from escaping the front porch.
Greg has been using this cardboard tube as a “ding ding gate” (like at a railroad crossing). I often have to ask permission to move from the living room to the kitchen. (And trust me – you do NOT want to try to go around the gate!)
But then early Saturday morning we got a phone call that changed our plans for the week. A Papua New Guinean employee at one of our regional centers had passed away after giving birth. Brian was asked to go down and help the staff with funeral arrangements and practical needs while the small staff there processes this tragedy. Since he might be gone for up to two weeks, we decided the whole family should go. By lunch time we were on the road for the three-hour drive to the city of Lae.
It has been interesting trying to keep the boys entertained within the close confines of the guesthouse property. The swimming pool was closed for the first few days we were there, because with recent happenings, the staff wasn’t able to take care of an algae problem while it was still manageable. But one day they decided to completely drain the pool and refill it. The boys enjoyed playing in the water as it drained out:
Caleb is now using walking as his primary mode of locomotion. Crawling is reserved for emergencies or crossing uneven ground, and then it’s back on his feet.
The unusual treat of television and all-day-long children’s programming has the boys captivated. (And matching shirts. Greg is always wanting to match Caleb this week.)
We dropped off two colleagues at the wharf so that they could catch a dinghy to a spot farther down the coast. I was glad that I wasn’t going to travel over open ocean in an open boat in the heat of the day!
See you next week!