You know what they say about time flying, right? Well, it has been a fun week with my in-laws here.
Kate is really enjoying all of the attention. In fact, this morning she was bitterly disappointed when someone knocked on the front door and it was just one of our Papua New Guinean friends. She had been hoping for a grandparent, aunt, uncle or cousin! Here she is with Aunt Becky.
And we have been busy too!
Becky was the speaker for a women's gathering.
Darin preached in both services on Sunday. Brian interpreted for him during the Tok Pisin service. I don't envy Brian - it's a tough job interpreting on the fly - but he did a good job.
Uncle Darin and Kate.
Kate was given these new dolls. She was literally shaking with excitement when she unwrapped the present. They were a big hit.
It's been really great spending time with our nephew. He may be quiet and cooperative most of the time, but he's also got a pretty mean "rawr" that comes out at times!
Darin and Becky are here to serve the community, and they have been kept busy with leading a marriage seminar, counseling, and teaching. We did have a brief window in which to get away, and so we took everyone to Goroka (a town two hours drive from here) for two nights. We wanted them to experience Papua New Guinea outside of Ukarumpa.
We lucked out with a wonderful and relaxing spot to stay, at a guest house run by another mission.
animals to see,
and a nice walking/exercise trail.
Not enough room in Becky's lap as she tries to make up a story to the German book we found in the guesthouse!
It poured rain the night we wanted to make s'mores, so we roasted marshmallows indoors.
We took Bob, Sharon, Darin and Becky to the bilum market in Goroka town, where people sell various handicrafts, in addition to all the bilums you see here.
This little girl kept holding onto Becky's and my clothes as we shopped.
I had fun standing back and watching as everyone tried to convince them to buy their arrows or baskets or paintings or bilums.
I swear I wasn't holding him up... he just wanted to pose this way!
I got caught up in the souvenir-buying experience too, I guess, since I ended up buying one of these paintings with the last bit on money we could scrape together after spending all we had.
On the way back home we stopped in at the Kainantu Cultural Center, where they make pottery and wool rugs. Here a man is making a personalized vase. Unfortunately we were completely out of cash at this point, and they were unable to take a credit card, so we'll have to see if we have time to go back before they leave.
A butterfly outside of the cultural center.
Back in Ukarumpa now, we've still been keeping busy. Brian's dad wanted a project to work on, and so we have him spearheading the very big project of tearing out the old fence around our yard and installing some new chain-link fence. All of us have pitched in some, but Bob has done the most work. We're over halfway done after today, and it's looking fabulous.
Other than that, it's pretty much just tea parties in sparkly new clothes... you know, the usual. ;)
See you next Friday!