It’s Christmas Season

We like to kick off the Christmas season on Thanksgiving night. Perhaps thats cheating a bit, but I think we give Thanksgiving plenty of attention, so I let it slide. This year, we had a wonderful time singing Christmas carols with the Chappells and then after they left, in keeping with tradition, we gave our…

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Reading books to the kids about Thanksgiving this year, I had a new appreciation for what the pilgrims went through. I certainly wouldn’t put my own experience on the level of theirs, but I have a better lens through which to view their experience having lived here. As I looked at the pictures of Wampanoag…

Dinner Party

Dinner parties look a little different here. Actually, the people don’t really have friends over to eat, but we decided to start doing this as a way for our whole family to get to know people and learn some language. Tonight we had our neighbors over and cooked up some kaukau and kumu (sweet potatoes…

Contagions

This is Edwin, Mari, their kids and their bush knives who live about fifty feet from us. Their oldest son got measles a couple weeks ago. The other three have had measles more recently. As Edwin and I discussed this today, he told me this illness is a new kind. In the olden days disease did…

Rain Flies

Here’s something you may not know about Menya–or about all of PNG and possibly all rain forrest areas around the world: when it rains, the rain flies hatch.* And even with our sort-of-well-sealled house, we get swarmed by them. (I think some queen rain flies must have laid eggs in our walls during construction while…

Family Fun Day

Today we set up the first Menya Water Park. Kiddie pool, water slide, water canon, elegant fountain and more.

 

After a while the kids realized soaking moms is the most fun.

Here’s Penny being double-teamed by her teen-age sons.

Eventually water park became mud park.

 

 

Menyan Nuance

This week I was sitting in my office with Wati trying to understand the difference between two separate tenses in the Menyan language. They aren’t actually tenses, but we don’t have a more accurate term with which to label them. If they were a tenses, they would both be future-ish, so that wouldn’t help. And when…