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We received Reagan’s visa and booked our tickets to fly back to Papua New Guinea!  We leave Boston on June 27.

I might not be posting another Photo Friday before we go.  None of you need to see a bunch of photos of boxes being packed!  We have moved so many times that you’d think I’d be an expert by now.  Sadly, I am not.  I definitely have a love/hate relationship with stuff at this point.  The process of looking through our stuff to figure out what we’re taking to PNG, what goes into storage and what we purge really is not my favorite thing.  Add in piles and piles of baby stuff to sort through and wow I could feel overwhelmed.  I have a better idea of what to bring for four of us, but I’ve never had a baby in PNG so we’re still trying to figure out what to bring for Reagan.  Amazon Prime does not work in PNG.  If we forget something we could order it and try the post office which is expensive and takes up to 5 weeks.  Or, we could ship it from JAARS in NC and get it in 3+ months!  We will be moving items we have stored to a new location and hope to go through a lot of it to make sure it’s still meaningful to hold onto.  Our hope is that after living without it for a number of years we’ll want to purge some more!

While I haven’t gotten better at packing, I am getting better at trusting that the Lord will direct our steps.  I don’t feel as anxious or apprehensive as I did when we first left for PNG in 2013.  We’ve seen the Lord guide us along all the stops and detours we’ve had before and are confident he will continue to do so.  We feel the Lord definitely leading us back to PNG for another term.  Makenna and Connor are looking forward to returning which is yet another confirmation.   It doesn’t mean it’ll be easy to leave!  Our hearts will ache as we leave loved ones some of which are sick and struggling with different things.  It will be tough to leave friends and family, but we’ve been thankful for this unexpected year that we had with them!

Would you pray with us as we begin to pack and do all the necessary steps to prepare us to leave.  It feels like a lot to fit into less than 8 weeks and we want to make sure we can make more sweet memories with friends and family!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34

Photo Friday- Birthday Girl

Makenna & Josh have been taking violin lessons and performed in their first recital last weekend.  They both did a great job.  There is actually a music program in Ukarumpa.  We know there are some violin teachers there so we hope that they can continue to play.Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 9.21.36 PM

It definitely feels like spring and the kids have been outside playing much more often.  We had a few patches of snow at the beginning of the week but we’re happy to say it’s gone as of today!blog5 blog4Makenna turned 9 years old, and was happy to be able to celebrate with family this year.

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She also got to celebrate with friends from school.  Very sweet friends offered to give her a surprise party and she was very surprised!  This is the same family who gave Connor a birthday party before we moved to PNG.  They will be greatly missed when we return to PNG!blog3

blog2blog2We enjoyed a visit with Josh’s great aunt who we haven’t seen in many years.

blog2It’s finally warm enough that we’ve been leaving Reagan barefoot sometimes.  So, she’s discovered the joy of sucking on her toes!blog

Photo Friday- Easter

We had a wonderful weekend in NJ with family and friends!  Reagan enjoyed time with my mom.

GrammyShe also met more family members for the first time.

stacey & reaWe enjoyed dying eggs with them.

Tyler Eggs

We went to church with my parents to rejoice in our risen Savior and enjoyed celebrating Easter with my family.  It’s actually the only holiday we spent with my family since we’ve been back so it was very sweet.  My brother came up from DC and we even had a guest from Gibraltar.  The kids enjoyed an egg hunt with my sister’s boys for the first time.  Maybe you can tell from the coats, but it was a little chilly!

kids eggseaster family3 kidsReagan got more cuddles in with my sister.

dayna & reaI can’t believe this is happening already, but we decided Reagan was ready to start eating solids.  We waited until our others were 6 months old.  Maybe it has something to do with the fact that she’s has been in the 95th percentile for height and weight and is almost 17 pounds!  You know how babies usually end up wearing more cereal than they eat in the beginning?  Well, not our Reagan.  She swallowed almost everything we fed her!  Yup, she was ready.  My baby is growing up too fast!

First CerealSpeaking of Reagan, we finally received all her paperwork and sent it to the PNG embassy this week.  Would you join us in praying that it gets approved quickly so that we can book our flights to return to PNG?

Photo Friday

Although it’s officially spring, it doesn’t exactly look like it in MA.  We still have quite a bit of snow on the ground, but it’s starting to warm up and we were excited to see rain for a change yesterday.

blogI thought Connor was due for a hair cut.  He prefers it longer, but doesn’t he look handsome!  He had it long for a while in PNG until we started struggling with lice and I thought a buzz cut was the way to go.  He had been growing it the whole time we’ve been back in the US.

blog3Reagan loves to suck on her fingers.
blog5We decided to make tortillas for dinner this week instead of buying them.  Although the kids couldn’t get them quite as round and thin as Mama Rita in PNG, they were yummy.blog4It might sound crazy, but I’ve started packing bags for PNG.  When I find something we’re not currently using that I know we want to have in PNG, it goes in the bag.  We found out that Reagan’s visa paperwork was sent off to Port Moresby and hope it’ll be submitted to the Immigration office soon.  Would you pray with us that we get her visa quickly so that we can book our flights to return to PNG?blog2

Photo Friday- Part 2

We went to the Museum of Natural History today and I felt like I had enough photos to write another post to show you all the things we saw in the museum that we also see in PNG!

There was an orchid exhibit.  Did you know that we have lots of beautiful orchids like these in PNG?  We had several kinds in our yard when we were there.blog5 blog4 blog3 blog2 blogTree kangaroos.blog6blog7Sugar gliderblog9 blog8A centipede.  We saw some creatures like this while in our Pacific Orientation Course.blog12We have some shells like this from living in a village in Madang for 5 weeks.

blog13We had huge fruit bats that used to fly around our yard at night eating our loquats.

blog10And lastly, clown fish and coral reef.  We loved snorkelling in Madang!blogblog11

Photo Friday- Spring Break

This week was officially spring break for Makenna and Connor.  We were in Charlotte the beginning of the week and were happy to spend time with Josh’s brother and his family.

blog2 blogblog7Reagan has started doing this!

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She also started rolling over from her back to front.blog

A sweet neighbour told Makenna she could pick flowers and even helped her plant some more.

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It hasn’t been all fun and games as we’ve had to do the school work the kids missed since we pulled them out of school last week.  Makenna has been working on a story and typed up her final draft.

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 We left the beautiful flowers in Charlotte and drove to Washington, DC Thursday to visit my brother.  It doesn’t exactly feel like spring here, and it snowed today!

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Reagan turned 4 months old Thursday and visited her first zoo.  Since it was chilly (and we got there too late to see indoor exhibits) we didn’t see much, but we enjoyed seeing some creatures like the sea lions.

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We checked out some museums today.blog2blog3

Matt took us to the circus tonight and the kids believe it really is the Greatest Show on Earth!blog4

Photo Friday- Charlotte

I didn’t post anything the last few weeks.  During that time Josh arrived safely home from PNG.  He was welcomed with a few more inches of snow.  Fortunately, he knew we were driving to Charlotte a few days later.  We drove down to attend a missions conference at our sending church, Sovereign Grace, and are staying almost 2 weeks since spring break is next week.  And boy does it feel like spring here!

It was a long drive, but everyone did well and we made it to Charlotte just in time for a women’s brunch where I spoke for a few minutes about our life in PNG.
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The missions conference was well attended and so encouraging.   Their Faith Promise goal was surpassed for another year!blog3

While in Charlotte, we’re soaking in spring! It’s been warmer than we expected it to be and even got into the 80’s one day!  Flowers are blooming and snow is nowhere in sight.blogblog4blogblogWe made a visit to an Urgent Care center for an ear infection.

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Reagan and I are happy that we could attend a Sovereign Grace women’s retreat this weekend.IMG_3680

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