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…

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…

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…