America Day

I think I go a little overboard when it comes to holidays.  I might be a little crazy.  But my kids aren’t learning The Star Spangled Banner in school, or saying the pledge everyday, and no one else is decorating with red, white and blue, or blaring “God Bless the USA,” or shooting off fireworks.…

Namesake

Recently a lady adopted a baby and came to show it to us.  (She actually rescued the baby.  It was a moving story.  The mother was young and didn’t want to have a baby and was going to let it die.)  When she came to show us the baby, Katie and I jokingly told her…

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!!  We hope everyone at home has a great time celebrating our risen savior!  We had a wonderful celebration here in Menya!  Although we celebrated alone this year, we are reminded of our hope to  one day be worshipping with Menyan believers on Easter. Our festivities began last Sunday with our Palm Sunday fun.…

Saturday Stroll

Yesterday we went for a family walk.  It was a lot of fun.  The kids, especially Belle, have really grown and adjusted to life here, and are able to go on walks and be followed by groups of people and have a lot of fun.  That makes me happy. Here are our happy girls running…

Muddin

  It has been raining nearly everyday here recently.  Sometimes we stay inside and play a game on rainy afternoons.  Other times we just go out and enjoy it.  The other day when we were out in the rain, the kids started playing in some mud and had a grand ol’ time.  All of the…

Home School Week

This week we have been out at Lapilo (mission base) for standardized testing. (For you who care, i.e. my dad and Josh Patterson, the test is TerraNova) Most of the homeschoolers in our region came together for testing, fellowship, encouragement, and counsel. It is a treat to spend time with these fellow bush-dwelling, language-learning, homeschooling…

New Baby

No, we aren’t announcing a new baby for us! Lizbeth, who has been helping me learn the Menyan language, had her fifth baby on Friday. On Sunday we went over to meet the new baby girl. When we got there Lizbeth was sitting there holding the baby in a bilum (bag made out of string)…

The House

We are currently living in a house that belongs to another family currently home in the US. Katie Buckingham requested a tour of our house, so Katie, this is for you: Our bedroom. Well it was our bedroom when we took these pictures last Saturday, but last Sunday, after Lucy fell from the ladder, we…