Yes, yes, I know. I missed last week. My parents already gave me a hard time about it. I looked at Brian last Friday and said, "I haven't taken a single photo all week, so I'm going to skip the blog." He was shocked, because I've been so consistent for so long, and then shrugged and told me, "You're going to hear from your mom about it."
But I'm back, with some photos from this week.
This one pretty much sums up the general mood in our house this week. A few of us were sick, and fevers, runny noses and sore throats had us all feeling like Kate obviously does in this photo at one point or another.
And don't we feel sorry for ourselves....
I'm happy to report that though we are still running through a fair number of tissues each day, things are definitely getting better. The end is in sight, and the outlook more cheerful, as can be seen by the next photos, taken mostly yesterday.
Ice cream at the store!
She loves her books.
Watching the ants "race" in the backyard.
We made some "crossbows" this week.
Caleb discovered that the piano offers perfect parking spots for his trucks.
This was another low point in the week. On Wednesday the washing machine died. It must have been at the end of the spin cycle, because it stopped working with the lid locked, and it took us a while to get the lid open to get the laundry out! Brian ran his diagnostics and found that it needed at least three separate parts to get it running again. We got a quote for the parts from Australia, and we ended up with the choice between spending about $450 in parts and quite possibly waiting weeks to get them from Australia, or buying a brand new machine here in PNG for around $550. (I strongly voiced my opinion that a new machine was better!)
The really good part of this story is that we were able to get a new machine right away (supposing all goes well today.) We found someone who was traveling to Goroka today, and we were able to put in an order for a new machine (because they actually had the one we wanted in stock!), and it will hopefully be picked up from the store today and brought back to us this afternoon. This is a pretty good turnaround time for PNG. So, I'm praying that all goes as planned, and meanwhile I'm thankful for kind neighbors who let me use their machine so that I could wash that load of cloth diapers that really couldn't wait.
The other really good part is that just last week we got our monthly funds delivered to our account, and it included an unexpected gift from a church that covers the cost of a new machine. God knew we were going to need it this month.
That's all for this week. Thanks for reading!