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Josh is still in PNG.  He didn’t send me any photos.  Maybe he didn’t want to rub it in how warm and green it is there!

It warmed up a little (above freezing!) last Sunday so the kids actually stayed outside and played for a couple hours!  I even got outside and joined them for a snowball fight.  Not sure it was totally fair since it was 2 against 1 and they had been collecting snowballs while they waited for me to put the baby to bed.

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I had to take Makenna to the doctor (she’s fine).  A sweet friend offered to take Connor and Reagan so Makenna and I actually had some alone time.  The doctor is no fun so we fit in a quick dinner at Dairy Queen because she loves ice cream as much as I do!blog1Reagan has been using her hands to grab anything and everything.

blog3Reagan has been given many cute coats and snowsuits to keep her warm this winter!  Ever since I posted that she slept through the night she’s decided she’d rather wake up a few times every night.blog2These 3 cuties miss their daddy and can’t wait until he returns on Tuesday!

blog4Makenna had a field trip to a Discovery Museum.  One of the things we miss when we’re in PNG is the ability to go out and about to places like museums so it’s fun that Makenna has been able to go on so many field trips.

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Maybe because it’s too cold to go outside, but I actually felt like baking this week so I made some bagels and some molasses oat bread.  I didn’t think it would happen in America, but my jar of yeast is almost gone.blog

Photo Friday- 3 Months!

The most exciting news to me this week is that Reagan slept through the night!  She slept 10 hours a few times this week.  She also turned 3 months old yesterday!  She is “talking” and smiling all the time.  She’s also getting so big. Connor was holding her and commented that she’s getting to big for him to hold.
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blogJosh just arrived in PNG last night.  He went with 2 bags loaded with items to leave behind for us and he’ll return with a much lighter load.  Or maybe not.  He’ll probably end up taking a bunch of stamped mail back for people in Ukarumpa.  It’s much more expensive to send a letter from PNG and it usually takes 2-5 weeks to arrive in the U.S. so people are always looking for others traveling to the U.S. to carry mail.  Now that we know this, we’re going to bring a lot of forever stamps with us when we return.blog

When I drove the kids to school this morning this is what the temperature was!  Meanwhile the forecast in Aiyura, PNG is 73-77 degrees all week during the day and 55-59 degrees at night.
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The kids have been reading a lot for the Read-a-thon that’s going on at school.  The theme is the Boston Marathan and they get footprints on this wall for a certain amount of books/pages read.

blogWe’ve been to basketball games three nights in a row this week so Makenna could cheer for them.  Last night was the last night of the season.  Makenna had so much fun she wants us to create a cheerleading squad in Ukarumpa.  Um, I was never a cheerleader but it’s an interesting idea.  Everyone in Ukarumpa brings their talents in all sorts of ways.  When we got there I was surprised that someone offered dance classes, people offer different musical lessons, there is a Pony Club and various sports are offered for older kids.  Our kids might not be able to do exactly what they did here, but I’m sure they’ll find something else they enjoy.  Makenna did start playing the violin this year since we know there should be someone in Ukarumpa who can teach her.blog

Photo Friday- Sunday Edition

Josh leaves for a 2 week visit to PNG on Tuesday.  One might think he’s just trying to escape all this snow!  I didn’t write a blog earlier because I’ve been busy going through things I want him to take and leave there for when we all return in June.  I’ve been going through all the clothing I stored from Makenna and I’m sending him with clothes up to size 2.  Reagan turns 3 months this week so it’s kind of hard to look at clothes this big and imagine her fitting in them!blogJosh preached at one of our supporting churches last Sunday.

blog6Church was cancelled today because we got another 8 or so inches of snow.  This is what it looked like when I opened our door this morning.

blog11We live in the the right portion of the house below.

blog4It will be fun to show our friends in PNG all our photos of snow and explain what a snow blower is.

blog5blog7We borrowed snow tubes which has made the snow a little bit more fun.

blog4blogblog2Look how much snow is piled up in the parking lot of our grocery store!  Wondering how long it’s going to take to melt.

blog9The kids’ 100th day of school was Tuesday.  Makenna’s class had a competition to see who could build the highest tower with 100 legos, cups, etc.  She really loves her class and teacher!

blog10Our kids always get sick when fun things are happening.  This time Connor had a stomach thing Thursday night so he had to stay home and miss his Valentine’s Day party at school.  We started running out of bedding so he slept on this mattress in the bathroom at night and then I moved it into the kitchen when he woke up until I knew he was well.  Maybe it was just something he ate as he recovered quickly.  That’s our dishwasher behind his head.  Oh how thankful I am to have a dishwasher on furlough!!!

blog2Valentine’s Day breakfast.  Makenna’s face isn’t dirty.  They exchanged Valentines in her class Friday and someone gave her a moustache tattoo.  I don’t have a good photo, but Josh and I even had an impromptu date on Valentine’s day.  The sweet couple that we rent from offered to watch our kids so we could go out.  It snowed all afternoon so it was a good thing that we had already planned on cooking at home.  We sent the kids next door and enjoyed a nice quiet meal together.  Nice to have some alone time now as we don’t get a lot of that when we’re in PNG.

blogOur 12 week old cutie wearing a onesie a friend in PNG decorate for her.

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Photo Friday- Road Trip

Reagan took her first road trip last weekend to New Jersey.  We were happy that we didn’t get much snow Friday so the roads were clear and our trip was uneventful.   Reagan did great and Makenna was a good big sister helping to keep her happy.

We went to NJ to speak at our old church, Christ the King, about our work in PNG.  We enjoyed sharing about our ministry in a small group Saturday night and then Josh shared and preached Sunday morning.  It was great to see old friends and it’s so encouraging to have CTK partner with us in our ministry!  We worked with the youth group when we attended CTK so it’s always fun to go back and see the kids all grown up.  Some are married and having children so we’re feeling a wee bit old.

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We didn’t have much time but we fit in a nice lunch with family.  Reagan met a few more cousins who were so sweet with her.  Here’s the group of all of the great-grandkids for my maternal grandmother.

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We also saw friends that we made in PNG who are temporarily living in the neighbourhood where we had our first house.  Such a small world!  We hope to see them back in PNG too.Sarah & MelissaKids with GibellosWe drove to MA Sunday and made it back just in time for the Super Bowl.  Connor has just gotten into football and kept saying he was excited to see the “Super Goal”.  Even after correcting him the whole weekend he was convinced that’s what it’s called.  We had a fun time at a friend’s party.  What a year to be living in MA!  Go Patriots!  Maybe Connor is still shocked that the Patriots won in this photo!

blogblogsuperbowl cakeAnd this week was filled with more snow!  The kids had off from school Monday & Tuesday.

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This was the view out our front door yesterday, and they’re predicting anywhere from 9-19 inches of snow this weekend.  There’s so much snow that it’s hard to make turns around here.  You can’t see over the piles of snow to know whether anyone is coming!

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It could be easy to feel comfortable and want to stay here with our friends and family so maybe all this snow is a reminder that God is calling us back to PNG.  We’re definitely missing the warmer temperatures there.  We’ve applied for Reagan’s visa and are praying it comes back quickly so we can book flights back to PNG at the end of June.





Photo Friday- Blizzard

This week was all about snow!

First it snowed 3-4 inches last Friday.  It was enough (and the right consistency) to use the snow brick makers my grandmother gave the kids for Christmas and make a nice little fort.blog11blog12

Reagan made an appearance outside, but she didn’t appreciate it as much as her siblings!blog13We also made a snow family.

blog10In case you didn’t see Reagan, Makenna is holding her.

blogThen, we had the 3rd worst snow storm in Worcester County history on Monday/Tuesday.  We got 30 inches of snow and the kids had 2 snow days and plenty of fluffy snow to play in.  They were psyched!blogblog3We helped clean it up, but we are so thankful that the family we live with has a snow blower so they took care of most of it.

blog15 blog14The kids didn’t want to stay outside all day so Makenna asked to make the clay volcano she made a while ago erupt.

blog2After being home for 2 days, it felt weird that they went back to school for only a half day due to a professional day.  The amazing couple that opened their home to us made some fun for our kids so the third afternoon home was still fun.  They have a great yard and Tom used his snowblower to make a huge mountain of snow.  Cousins came over after school and the mountain kept them all occupied for much of the afternoon.

blog9 blog4blog5blog6blog7We’re driving to NJ today to speak at a supporting church.  Please pray snow doesn’t get in the way of our travels.  The snow is beautiful, but I don’t want to drive in it!

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Friday

The kids and I are almost done with our antibiotics and we’re feeling so much better!  We’re thankful Josh and Reagan never got more than a cold.

What do you do on a holiday after everyone has been home sick most of the week?  Well, we considered to going to a free day at a museum in Boston.  However, we decided taking Reagan into a huge crowd during cold and flu season didn’t sound like a good idea.  Instead we went and jumped on trampolines!  Someone told us about this cool place where there are tons of indoor trampolines.  The kids enjoyed some dodgeball while they were there.blog3 blog4

Makenna is a junior cheerleader, and is having so much fun!  I missed her first game Friday but was able to see her in action this week.blog5 blogReagan is 2 months old already!  She is such a good happy baby!  We said we’d wait to make set plans to return to PNG until after she was born.  Where did the past 2 months go!  We’re just now starting to really prepare and plan.  We’ve ordered Reagan’s passport and we’re looking into returning to PNG at the end of June.  I started making lists of what we need to do and what we need to get.  There are some thrift stores in PNG, but you never know what you’ll find so we’ll try to bring all we need in the way of clothes and shoes for all of us.  That means predicting what sizes the kids will be in over the next 3 or so years.

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Flying High in PNG

In case you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to fly in the SIL-PNG ten-seater Kodiak planes, here is a great video that the media team put together. I think I was on a flight like this about every other month.

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