Happy Valentines Day! Here is a look at our week:
Hamburger night. This is the one night a week (when school is in session) that we have a chance to eat out in Ukarumpa. The teens serve up hamburgers, fries, salads and milkshakes. A lot of our friends go whenever they get the chance. We don't attend that often, perhaps because we end up chasing our wild kids around a gymnasium-sized room for half an hour while we wait for our food. This was the first time that we've been since we returned from furlough in August.
We were surprised (and happy) when Tama showed up at our house one day. We wanted to have a large tree in our yard cut down, and Tama is the only man that Brian really trusted to do the job. Unfortunately, he hadn't been seen around in quite a while, and we didn't have a good way to get in touch with him. Weeks ago we sent word out into the valley through some friends that we wanted to see him. We had about given up hope when one day he showed up!
Tomorrow Tama will come back with a friend to start cutting on the tree. I'll try to get some good photos, as it should be quite a sight. He can shimmy up a tree with just a hatchet and have limbs dropping exactly where he wants them - he's very good. I am nervous though, because the tree in question is very close to our house, our neighbor's house, our carport, and a power line too. So pray for us that everything goes smoothly!
You know that new wood stove we installed over the Christmas break? We finally got our hands on a can of high-temperature black spray paint, and so Brian was able to paint it this week. Here he is prepping the surface with a rub on vinegar.
And paint, at last!
Caleb being a cutie.
Greg getting down and dirty with his trucks.
Greeting dad when he gets home from work.
And this morning we had some water in our basement after a heavy rain, so my plans for a morning run were scrapped in favor of soaking up water with old towels. This happens a few times each rainy season. It wasn't too bad today, but it's still a hassle. We have to keep our rugs rolled up most of the time during rainy season, just in case. However, this week we got a new sump pump that we have ordered from Australia. We've considered lots of different ideas over the years to deal with this problem, and we hope that a sump pump might work. However, the installation will probably have to wait until we've finished cutting down the tree.
And last but not least, a short video clip of Greg singing his favorite Tok Pisin praise song in church. Imagine him fidgeting in the pew, restless and bored. Then the band starts playing this song, and he gets a huge grin on his face, stands up and belts it out as loud as he can, garnering grins from everyone sitting within a few rows of where we sit. And then, in the quiet pause after the song is over when everyone is taking their seats again, Greg says in a voice loud enough for half the church to hear, "Mommy, it was fun that they sang Bikpela Jisas. I like that song!" Sorry it's so short, our internet connection is pretty slow right now!
Have a great week!