Happy Easter

Happy Easter! We love to celebrate Easter. It seems like it deserves a big celebration, seeing as it is the time we celebrate Jesus taking our punishment and rising from the dead to show he accomplished that. I hope all of you have a great time celebrating that tomorrow too! We made Easter a week…

Tribal Team: The Butlers

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…

Our Tribal Team

[You can click on this picture if you want to see it a little bigger] For years when thinking about our future plans to move into a tribe, my mind has gone to who our teammates might be. We have known for years that NTM expects teams of three families to enter a tribe together…

Ma na Mana

I was reminded the other day of a silly story that I never shared with you from our time in MIbu. One day I was talking to my language helper, Longe, and she was telling me all about the two main languages in the area, Ma and maNA (stress on the NA). Many people in…

Fruit

We eat a lot of yummy fruit here in PNG.  There are amazing bananas, pineapples and papayas.  We also get strawberries and mulberries.  In Mibu they had wonderful oranges.  A couple of our favorite fruits are new  to us here though.  Lucy in particular has developed a fondness for diwai tomatoes and sugar fruit/passion fruit.…

Ziplock Bags

[We added the last of our favorite Mibu pictures to a gallery here.] In America I was totally grossed out by washing ziplock bags. I knew in theory it was a good idea to wash them to save money, but it was sort of where I drew the line. I have been known to coupon…

Parting Gifts

The day before leaving Mibu the closest friends we had made from the tribe came bearing gifts. Longe, my language helper, who had come to chat with me every Tuesday and Thursday morning, brought me this bilum she made for me, which she decorated with flowers and onions and filled full of oranges. Posilonge, Joseph’s…

Getting Out

When we were leaving Mibu the Husas were also heading out to go to America (where they will be having baby #4!).  We couldn’t all fit on the helicopter at once, so it was decided that Shannon and I (Elizabeth) should go on the first helicopter ride with 4 of the children and that the…

Breaking News…

We’ll be back with more about the funeral, but we had to share our breaking news!  We got a kitty! Meet Aurora:   We have been having a rat problem so we thought a cat might help with that.  It turns out one of the local guys who works here on our base had some…