Friday, March 31, 2017

Photo Friday [180]

Happy Friday everyone! 

It's finally done!  The quilt that has taken me two years to complete!  (And to think I even bought fabric for a second quilting project, thinking I'd be able to finish both... how naive!)

I can't pack up my craft supplies until I finish my sewing projects.  Next on the list, new roman blinds for the kitchen so that renters aren't disgusted by the current curtains...

It's been a tough week for this one - teething and sick.  The only things that are making her happy lately are changing her clothes four or five times a day and...

 ... painting her nails.

... and just painting, I guess.

The boys wanted to make some pet rocks.  We glued googly eyes on them later.

See you next week!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Photo Friday [179]

Well, Conference is over for another two years.  It was a very good week, but at the same time, we're very glad to be back to a normal routine.

Brian giving an update to the group about what his departments have done in the past two years.  Brian was also elected to be a member of the Executive Committee, which oversees the governance of the branch.

We enjoyed some great times of corporate worship.  As you can see by the banner in the back of the room, we're also celebrating 60 years of work here in Papua New Guinea!

We were also very blessed to have Rev. Dr. Clive Burnard, a visiting pastor from the UK, who shared devotional messages each morning of conference.  It was obvious that he had followed the Holy Spirit's leading in the messages he shared, and we really appreciated what he had to say.

The boys were also able to take part in a VBS program run by a group from JAARS.  They had nothing but good things to say about it, (although Greg did say that the Aussies who ran the VBS last time were a bit more fun... sorry Americans!)

The kids check our black raspberry bushes each day to see if there are any ripe ones.

Kate wanted to see how many "pretties" she could fit in her hair at once.

Until next week!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Photo Friday [178]

"Hey," says Kate.  "Mom forgot to take interesting photos for you this week, so here am I.... again."

Our biannual branch conference started yesterday.  It's the one time when everyone comes together from all parts of the country to worship, discuss issues, elect leaders, and hear report of how God is at work in this big organization.

We have been enjoying the preaching of a British pastor who was invited as our guest speaker.  The whole conference is very encouraging on the one hand... and very hard on backsides on the other, sitting for hours on those wooden benches in the meeting house!

In the afternoons I've got the younger two kids at home, so I get to sit and listen over the computer in the comfort of my own home.

Until next week.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Photo Friday [177]

This week:

That one time when you bought frozen blueberries at the store because you read the wrong price tag and thought they were half of their actual price... well, the kids really enjoyed their special treat anyway!  Looking forward to fresh blueberries in a few months.

The week before our branch conference is always Interact, a week-long conference for those interested in the language work side of things.  I was only able to make it to a few of the presentations this week, but it's always encouraging to hear what the translators are doing and the new ideas they have.

One of the great things about our school is the exposure to a whole world of different cultures.  The first grade class has been studying the U.K., and this week a few ladies from the community came to teach the students about a proper British tea.  The kids had to wear "church clothes" and use their good manners.  They enjoyed a proper tea with scones and cream.  Greg has a much better grasp of world geography than I did at his age!  (photo: Paula Parker).  

Here is a little performance by Kate last night at dinner.

Brian came home this afternoon from Buka.

... and his phone has been ringing since he got home, work laptop out in front of him.  I think everyone knows he's back!

Until next week.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Photo Friday [176]

This week:

Greg's Lima bean, planted in the garden after he sprouted it at school in science class.

Kate took a tumble down the stairs, giving her a dramatic black eye.  It started out very puffy and swollen... 

 And now we're in the I-forgot-to-put-eyeshadow-on-both-eyes phase.

With 13 weeks until we leave Ukarumpa, boxes are starting to appear.  We leave our house stocked with all the basic furnishings, linens, and kitchen supplies for renters, but all of our personal things will be packed up in stored in the attic while we're gone.  And since we've been around long enough to know that sometimes people end up not returning to the field for any number of different reasons when they didn't expect it, each box gets labeled "ship,"sell" or "donate."  So that if someone had to go through our belongings for us, they would know what we deemed important enough to send back home!  We plan to return, but it's best to be prepared.

Of course, now I really need to clean out the attic storage room so that I can start putting boxes up there...

 I've been trying to tackle one small area each day - sorting and organizing, and cleaning out items that are broken, no longer fit, or are no longer needed.  I don't think my entryway has been this uncluttered in about two years... since we last returned to PNG!

Brian is missing out on the organizing this week.  He's out in hot, sunny Buka.  This week he and a Papua New Guinean electrician are in charge of removing an old generator (pictured below), and installing a brand new one to power to the guesthouse property.

If you look closely, you can see that they are rolling it out on logs, because the space is too tight to get any heavy machinery in close.

Until next week!