Our kids’ first day at Whitinsville Christian School (WCS) is Monday. WCS has a theme for every school year. This year’s theme is “Bee Thankful Always”. This goes right along with how we are feeling right now. We always have so much to be thankful for, but we’ve been especially thankful during our transition from PNG to the USA.
Whitinsville Christian School’s Annual Theme
These are just some of the things we’re thankful for…
• The churches and individuals that continue to partner with us in our ministry with Wycliffe and The Seed Company. Josh & I will continue this work over the next year and we still need your partnership. Josh will travel to Texas and Papua New Guinea several times over the year as well.
• From what we’re heard, most missionaries spend about a year planning for furlough. We ended up pulling ours together with many prayers and help in 4 months.
• Friends in PNG helped us pack, care for our kids and fed us.
Some of our friends in PNG
• Friends and family researched housing, school and vehicle options for us in NC, NJ & MA.
• We had 6 flights to get us from Ukarumpa to New Jersey and didn’t have any major problems with any of them! The kids even enjoyed most of our trip!
• We were given a mini-van (it has 230,000+ miles on it so please pray it keeps running for a year).
Our van and the moving truck we needed to haul all the things people blessed us with
• We’re living in a furnished apartment with low rent that’s also close to Josh’s sister and parents (with a dishwasher!).
Our Apartment in Uxbridge, MA
• Our kids are able attend the same Christian school that Makenna attended for Kindergarten. Kids from Makenna’s kindergarten class have been writing to her in PNG so they haven’t forgotten her.
Friends from WCS sent our kids cards while we were in PNG
• Josh’s mother and sister cleaned our apartment and stocked it with some items to get us started.
• Our landlord got a bed set up for Josh & I and made it with linens so we wouldn’t have to worry about that our first night.
• Josh’s parents had our kids sleepover our first few nights which helped us get some unpacking done.
• We were given furniture to supplement what was already in our apartment.
• Josh and I left most of our clothes in PNG so we were in need of some clothes here. A family member works for a company that was about to purge a bunch of clothes and we fit their sample size. We got a huge box of clothes for both of us, many of which fit over this baby bump.
• Someone gave us lots of clothing for Makenna, some of which are from her favorite store! Connor got some clothing from his grandparents too.
One of Makenna’s new outfits
• We’ve already been given many baby items including a car seat, booster seat, pack ‘n play, furniture, a handmade blanket and clothes.
Friends in PNG decorated these onesies for baby K and they were waiting in MA for us when we arrived (a fun surprise!)
• Our baby appears to be healthy and I have been healthy despite all our travels.
• Ice cream and all the other yummy things available in America.
Makenna remembered Brusters from living in NC and requested to go there.
We were excited to eat grapes & seedless watermelon again!
We went to Georgetown Cupcakes while visiting my brother in Washington, DC.
• A clothes dryer!
• Fun! Even though we’ve been very busy traveling, visiting and doing many important things to get re-established here, we’ve managed to fit in some fun too.
Connor loved playing wiffle ball with daddy and Uncle Matt
We visited friends and saw The Waterfalls in downtown Greenville, SC
National Zoo with my brother Matt
We went swimming with friends at their town pool.
A day at the Jersey Shore