This is the Butler family. Josh, Faye, Noah (4 tomorrow), and Karis (22 months). We did not know the Butlers before arriving on the field, but they were some of our first friends here in PNG, as they arrived a couple of weeks before we did. They are both from Washington state and were high school sweethearts.
Faye, at 25, is the baby on our team! She often picks on me about being so old! Faye and I are opposites in a lot of ways, but we get along really well. That may be due to the fact that Josh and I are very much alike, as are Faye and Joseph! She keeps an amazingly clean house, can’t leave a dish dirty, can’t go a day without a shower, goes running every morning, and is super strong and sporty! I, on the other hand, am not like that! 🙂 I am thankful for her, and her different perspective!
Josh is a laid back guy who is easy to get along with. He loves people, and never meets a stranger. He is always willing to lend a helping hand (and we are happy to use that helping hand to trap and kill a rat). He apparently has a military look, because he gets asked often if he is in the army! Maybe that’s because he planned to be a police officer before coming to the mission field. He also makes a mean Zuppa and doesn’t mind losing to Joseph when they play frisbee golf.
Noah turns 4 tomorrow and he is the only “big boy” on our team. Hopefully Everett and Eli will catch up soon so they can play with him! He is a rough and tumble boy, which is good for our girly girls, but he also loves to get his nails painted pink (by me…as a surprise for his parents…twice) and wear the girls’ princess dresses!
Karis will be 2 in May, and she too is having to hang with the opposite gender! She is closest in age to Everett and Eli. Apparently the Butlers had their kids in the wrong order! 😉 She is a tiny sweet little thing, but she can be pretty tough too! We think, like her mama, she’ll be able to keep up with the boys!
We are thankful for this family, their hearts for the people of PNG, and what they add to our team! Check out their perspective on life here on their blog.