Funeral (Part 3)

And now, the thrilling conclusion to my funeral coverage–or at least the last part. I first heard that Hoax’s mother had died on Friday when he called me to say he wouldn’t be able to come to our house for our “language session.” He had planned to come, but explained that he had to cancel…

Funeral (Part 2)

The funeral was just over a week ago, but I’ve been a little slow writing more about it, so here we go. The day before the burial (Friday) was the day I walked out to Hoax’s house with one of our friends, Josh, and gave our “sorry” which I described previously. While we were there,…

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…

Funeral (Part 1)

Last Wednesday, Hoax’s mother passed away. Though we didn’t know her any better than to say “hello,” we certainly know Hoax and wanted to express our sympathy. Doing that here is a little different than in America. In PNG there are cultural traditions, expectations and even demands beyond what we are used to. In order…

3 Little Indians

There are 4 new families here doing orientation and Pidgin study.  All of us are always trying to get in hours learning Pidgin and most of us have 2 official language sessions per week. In order to have a time when we can focus exclusively on language learning, the Walkers and we switch off babysitting…

Meri Blouses

Here Faye and I are sporting the latest fall fashions. This is the way the ladies from PNG dress. A “meri blouse”, which is the name for this kind of long top, and a long skirt. Sometimes we try to fit in and wear the same type of clothes, especially when we go to church…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! It doesn’t feel like thanksgiving here, but we had a good day.  It sure did make us miss our families though! A lot of you have asked us if we were going to celebrate or what we were going to do to celebrate, so I thought you might like to see what…

Ginalyn

By now most of you know who Hoax is, but if not you can search (top right) for his name and read a few posts about him. We haven’t written yet about one of his daughters, Ginalyn. Here she is: As you can see from this picture, she is wasting away. From Hoax and from…

Watering Hole

Last week I was out and about chillin with one of my homies (a fifteen year old and his family to be specific) and he asked if I wanted to see where they get their water. Of course I did. So he led me, and few younger kids, on a twenty minute hike that started…