We love packages–as I assume everyone living overseas does. It doesn’t matter what is in the package, it is just SO exciting to see a box with USPS markings and our name on it! Just yesterday I teared up opening a big envelope full of christmas cards. It means a lot knowing that someone at home thought about us and cared about us enough to invest time and money in sending something all the way over here. That is love we can feel…and then tear open.
(Lest anyone be confused, this picture is from a few months ago…that isn’t our current house.)
People often ask us what we like to get in packages. We really like ANYTHING, but since that is not the answer people are looking for, here are some things that have been a hit in previous packages:
- granola bars
- fruit snacks/roll ups/etc
- dried apples or other fun dried fruit (we can get raisins and sometimes craisins)
- yogurt covered raisins
- ranch packets and spicy ranch packets
- seasonal/holiday stuff
- sprinkles (especially seasonal ones and the tiny hard ball kind)
- Cliff bars
- butter extract
- bath and body works pump bathroom soap
- craft supplies (we can only get construction paper and crayons here)
- kids paint
- books, especially homeschool books (good literature, history,science or holiday), but our kids LOVE most any kind of book!
- kindergarten/first grade paper or notebooks (with the dashed line down the middle)
- non-refridgerated bacon (either the already cooked strips or the packages of bacon pieces)
This list is not exhaustive, but it can at least give you some ideas! You may think of something new and wonderful to add. A big thanks to all of you at home who love us with packages!
Here are some specifics about how to get a package to us:
Our address is in the sidebar, but I’ll post it here too:
Joseph and Elizabeth Osborn
PO Box 1079
PAPUA NEW GUINEA 441
You have to use the USPS to mail things to us. Most people have used the flat rate boxes, but you can also just use any other box, or envelope, which they will weigh and charge you accordingly. (Unfortunately it costs a pretty penny to send things over here!)
It usually takes at least 1 month for packages to get here, and often takes 2 months. We never really know how long it will take!