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…

The PNG Way

Yesterday we cleared the grass where we plan to build our house. We saw–and killed–one death adder. Meanwhile, up the hill there was a dispute. Based on the shouting and the report from guys working with me, a woman chopped her daughter’s foot with a machete because of a disagreement in the garden. The daughter…

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…

Waiting for a Mill

  Our trees were cut down about three weeks ago, but they still lie where they fell. I’m trying to figure out how to mill them. Here in Menya we have two options for slicing trees into lumber. The first is a chainsaw in a frame. As you can see from the stack, it cuts…

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…

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…