Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

It doesn’t feel like thanksgiving here, but we had a good day.  It sure did make us miss our families though!

A lot of you have asked us if we were going to celebrate or what we were going to do to celebrate, so I thought you might like to see what our day was like!

We got up, did a load of laundry, and had pecan rolls for breakfast.

After breakfast Joseph walked over to our local pastor’s house to buy chickens from his wife.  We can’t get turkey here, so we opted for chicken.  And we figured we could get it fresh this morning and not have to take up fridge or freezer space.  When we have bought chickens from people in the past they have killed them (or we have killed them) before we brought them home.  But today the lady handed Joseph 2 live chickens with their feet tied!  He called me on the way home and told me to start boiling some water so we could clean them!  Good thing we got practice last time so we knew what to do!

This is what everyone back home is doing today, right??

After killing our food we ate some snacks, watched a little planet earth, and talked about what we are thankful for.  Joseph was bummed to not have any football to watch.  We were able to find some candy corn at the mission store, so that was a fun fall treat from home!

Then we were able to video chat with my brother and parents which was a treat.

The girls and I did lots of cooking and we had our friends, the Walkers, over to share in our thanksgiving meal!  We loved sharing a meal with them! It wasn’t exactly like a meal at home, but we tried to make it pretty close.  We had chicken, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potato casserole, rolls, cranberries, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and sweet tea.

After dinner we watched our annual first Christmas movie of the year to usher in the Christmas season!  Then after we put the kids in bed I saw the rat that has been in our house the last few days so a hunt ensued.  Our neighbor, Josh, came over to help and he and Joseph caught the rat and then took it outside and “took care of it”.  That brought the animals killed with our bush knife on Thanksgiving total up to 3. Yikes!

We have so much to be thankful for!  (Not having a rat sneak around our kitchen tonight should be on my list!) Some things, like a house with real walls, running water, a couch, a toilet, a shower, a fridge, good medical care, etc, etc are even more apparent to us this year than before!  We are so thankful for the new friends we have here, so thankful for the old friends we left behind, so thankful for our family, so thankful for our health, so thankful for our God.  He is so good to us!  We sure are very blessed.  Hope everyone at home has a great day remembering all the many ways you are blessed too!




  1. Ashley Gaymon

    Wow!!! I know that this Thanksgiving must have been pretty bittersweet for ya’ll, but it is so great to see how much it has opened your eyes to the things we should all be thankful for. We miss you, and are so thankful for the Osborns. We are also thankful that ya’ll are following your calling and showing the love of God to the people of PNG! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Pop Pop and Mom O

    The Lions 1st possession, 4 & out, the Packers the same

    Happy Thanksgiving or in this (your) case Black Friday

    Dad (PopPop)

  3. Molly

    My favorite was “after killing our food we ate some snacks.” glad you can stomach some snacks after gutting a couple of chickens.
    you seemed to have made it a fun day to celebrate in a new way! we miss you guys very much, but are excited to see what the next few months hold. happy thanksgiving, friend!

  4. Ryan

    Today I am thankful for the picture of Joseph holding up the rat he killed with his bush knife. That sure beats manliness factor of the 1-mile fun run I did with the girls this morning.

    • Joseph

      Glad to add to your list of blessings.

  5. Deborah Gavron

    So thankful for your update – we will pray for your new friends and family. You had one item we couldn’t find for Thanksgiving. Publix was out of candy corn. We enjoyed reading about your day and the photos of your beautiful family!

  6. Heather Nelson

    Just watched a Globe Trekker on PBS about PNG (the islands)…thinking of you. Looks like you had a memorable first thanksgiving! I am thankful for the technology that allows us to keep up with y’all!

  7. Christy

    Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for you!!

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