Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Miles and Dirt

Peanut Butter and Jelly
Macaroni and Cheese
Flip and Flop
Milk and Cookies


They just go together.  And add in a shovel...AW MAN!  You have one happy boy!!

We recently had a new water tank put in by our house.  The workers, Apa and Elijah, were thrilled to hand Miles a shovel and teach him how to shovel the rocks and dirt.  And Miles was quite pleased to be "helping!"

Saturday, May 7, 2016


Do you ever have those days when you start to make dinner and realize that you have NO vegetables in your house to have with dinner (okay, okay....I mean the vegetables that you once had are now in a soupy, rotten goo at the bottom of your vegetable drawer in your fridge...and you're ignoring them because that's just something you can't deal with that day??), and you can't run out to the grocery store because it's 45 minutes away and just driving to the market means that you have to get a car and figure out what to do with your children and you're out of cash anyways so it wouldn't matter if you had a car and childcare??

On those days it's.....WAPI to the RESCUE!!!!

Wapi is a sweet old man, who is one of the few people in the highlands of Papua New Guinea to grow asparagus.  He comes door to door to sell us his asparagus and occasionally brings other various vegetables.  To my door....the vegetables are brought RIGHT. TO. MY. DOOR!!!

Thank you, Lord, for Wapi!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New Staff Houses Opening

Yesterday we celebrated the completion of 10 of the houses for our hospital nursing staff.  The houses are sweet and simple.  They have three small bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, an open living/dining area, and front and back porch.   

This is one of the rows of houses where they "cut the ribbon."

The men in the yellow vests are the project workers who built the houses. 
It was sweet to see how much pride they took in being a part of providing these houses for the hospital.

Jordan and Dr Andy Bennett

Just a boy rocking his crop top!  :)

Miles was woken up from his nap to attend the he was craaaaaaanky!!  But our little Graham cracker was his usual happy self!  

Also not pictured (because we can't all get out of the house that early), that morning Jordan was given the honor of killing one of the pigs they cooked for the party.  
**STOP reading now if you want to remember Jordan as a kind and gentle soul**

One hit...with a 2x4...between the eyes...the pig went down like a sack of potatoes.   OR so I've been told.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Maria John

If you've come to visit Kudjip, there is a good chance you've met John Opa.

We've known John for as long as we've been in PNG...he introduces himself as our PNG papa and us as his family.  I've lost track of how many times we've been to his home on top of a nearby mountain, and he's one of Miles's favorite Papua New Guineans.

John and his wife, Maria, need our prayers.  Maria either has a brain tumor or TB in her brain.  Unfortunately, she hasn't been responding to the TB meds, which means cancer is the more likely and untreatable option.  We are thankful Maria knows and loves the Lord.  Pray for Maria.  Pray for healing.  Pray for John. Pray for their son Peter and daughter-in-law, Rosemary.  Pray for their grandchildren, Junior and Rachel.  

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


One of my favorite people in the world is my sweet sweet friend, Lena.

I hired her a couple years ago to help me when I was getting overwhelmed with housework...but over the years she has become a wonderful blessing in my life.  She has an amazing heart of compassion and kindness that shines the light of Jesus!  I'm so grateful for the opportunity to visit with her when she comes over once a week.  I enjoy the casual chats we have about what's going on in the villages around us...but she also lets me ask difficult questions, when I'm not understanding something about the PNG culture or language, without judgement.

I'm also thankful for her willingness to help me clean (I know I would be drowning in housework without her!), and her patience with Miles who is continuously by her side asking, "Whatcha doin, Lena?  Whatcha doin?" or "Lena, come play toys? Come on?"

Miles adores Lena, and she will always lovingly take a few minutes to play on the floor with him or involve him in her work.

Thank you, Lord for Lena's friendship!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Our Normal: Water

After living in Papua New Guinea for 6 years certain things have become our 'normal'.  However, after each home assignment I realize how different somethings are compared to life in America.  For example...our source of water.  See those two big metal tanks?  Our entire gutter system flows into those two rain tanks.  Rain water is what flows out of every faucet in our house, it fills our toilet, flows into my washing machine, and comes out our shower head.  If we want drinking water we filter it first through a filter that sits on our counter in the kitchen.  On the very top of our roof is a solar panel that heats our water.

Usually in PNG it rains almost everyday and keeps our tanks quite full.  However, there are times when rain is more sparse and we need to go into water conservation mode.  That means we collect the water before it gets hot to put in our water filter before filling the sink to wash the dishes.  We shower less (and wear more deodorant...yikes!), Miles gets a very shallow bath, and we use that water to flush our toilets.

It's not always the most convenient...but we are ALWAYS thankful we don't have to bucket water up from the river!!  We've also been thankful for some heavy rains in the last few days that have filled our tanks!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

How could I...

It had been a long Saturday. 

Graham woke up earlier than normal, then didn’t have any interest in going back to sleep. 

After giving Miles the breakfast options of yogurt and granola OR eggs, he insisted he would looooooove some eggs.  After making eggs and setting them in front of him, he decided that he would much much much rather have yogurt and granola!   

Jordan had to work most of the day putting up powerlines so that people in the lower section of station could have power that evening.  (I do a lot of extra praying on days I know he’s working on powerlines.) 

Miles spilled his apple juice.

Graham thoroughly covered my clothes in spit up.   

I picked up the same blanket off the floor at least 4 times.

As soon as I got my hands covered in bread dough, Graham decided to wake up screaming and crying.

Thanks to my awesome clumsiness, I spilled raw chicken juice on my kitchen floor…then cleaned it up…then spilled it again…then cleaned it up…again.

By late evening, I was holding my sleeping baby and telling myself if I could just stay awake 30 more minutes it would be time to feed Graham again and then I could put us both to bed!  At this point, I was, to say the least, a bit cranky.  If it wasn’t for this baby I would be in my warm comfy bed already.  Better yet…if it wasn’t for this baby I wouldn’t have woken up so early and therefore not been so tired in the first place!  If it wasn’t for this baby I would have gotten a shower today.  If it wasn’t for this baby I would have gotten something…anything done today.  If it wasn’t for this baby…..

I opened our blog to work on a few posts I had saved.  The old post about my emergency surgery caught my eye.  I realized some people had commented on the post…I didn’t even know they could do that!  After reading the comments I decided to re-read the post itself.

I cried.

How quickly we forget.  How quickly I had forgotten.  What a miracle this baby was!  My beautiful little boy…an amazing miracle from God.  How quickly I had forgotten.  How could I not spend every minute of every day rejoicing in what God has given us?  How could I look upon this child with anything other than joy and amazement?  How could I forget how close we were to losing our little Graham.  How could I…

I know there are going to be more days like this one. 

I pray:
May I find joy on those days.  May I find Jesus on those days.  May I be able to go to bed with a heart bursting with thankfulness for the blessings and miracles our God has given!  May I never forget the gift of salvation God has given in His son Jesus.  May I be a mother who points my children to Christ.