Making It Home

Yesterday we flew back to Menya after two days of frantic preparation. Our third time flying in with the whole family was also my third time scrambling through flight-day-eve delivering supplies to the hanger, cutting items from our load to meet the weight limit and toiling past midnight with last minute tasks. My least favorite…

Plywood Week

Last week was home school week for Elizabeth and the kids. For me it was plywood week which has stretched into plywood week and a half. My first task was painting our future plywood floor with two coats of polyurethane, sanding in between. I applied the polyurethane in the COC painting room–familiar turf. You can…

Timber

After a three day delay–which doesn’t qualify as a delay in PNG–I found the lumber jacks cutting my trees. One man ran the chainsaw while his supervisors stood close. I am thankful no one got hurt and the chainsaw survived the morning since, I assume, I would have been financially responsible for any injury or…

Coffee Picking

This week I picked coffee beans with Wati for a few hours–it was a family affair. Mom hung three-week-old, still nameless baby in a tree so she could work. Young Lee snuck beans from the bucket to eat when no one was looking. And the other two girls played in the jungle. Meanwhile, I learned…

Child Rearing Contrasts

  I went to find Wally, one of my language tutors, but he wasn’t home. Instead I found his four older children sitting by the fire cooking some greens. Cute, right? At least their youngest sibling was away with mom. What do our neighbors think about the way we treat our children? We don’t leave…