Sunday, April 6, 2008

party and another sunday

Okay, so I know I’ve done the birthday post thing, but yesterday was Kirilee’s party and we got some nice pics so I just thought I would post again with the photos. It was busy, but fun. She had a “cooking party” which they seemed to all enjoy. They made their own individual pizzas, and a pastry snack, and then decorated their own cupcakes. She got spoiled with some nice presents too.
Having fun playing a balloon popping game - notice Shiana blocking here ears!

Decorating the cup cakes - don't you just love the mix of skin colours in there - PNG, Australian, part chinese/part PNG, part NZ/part PNG, Phillipino?

Fun in the swimming pool!

Our cheeky youngest daughter having fun too!

This afternoon (Sunday) we walked into Biwat settlement (slum area on the outskirts of town – we are well known in this settlement as a number of our church members come from there) as a family. It’s just a ten minute walk from our house. As we were there, sitting on rough bits of wood on the ground, watching kids running around barefoot and roughly dressed, looking on as drunk people walked past every so often, hearing shouting, seeing houses of rough wood and tin and corrugated iron, it got me thinking. I watched the girls playing with other kids. They were playing dodge and Ashlyn was happily being carted around by older girls, picking up their kitten and chasing their small turtle running around on the ground. There was lots of laughter and giggling. They were having a ball of time. And it just struck me with thankfulness (this same thing has struck me before many times too) at how wonderfully our girls adapt between their “different” worlds. Yesterday they were playing with a group of friends from their more “upper-class” school, and two nights ago we were sitting in a restaurant for Kirilee’s birthday, and now here they were playing among the poor of PNG. And they were happy in every place. Some how they just know how to act, how to talk, what to talk about, what not to talk about in every instance they find themselves. Just incredible and such a blessing. Anyway, just thought I would share that!


Kevin & Amy said...

Looks like the party was so much fun!

It is interesting to read your observations on how the girls are adapting. They are learning life lessons along the way we will never be able to teach our kids with the same impact here in affluent Canada. You are giving them such amazing opportunities! I'm sure seeing them fit in makes the transition that much easier for you.

Take care!

HH said...

Looks like the girls had a blast at the party. What a neat idea to do a cooking party. At least the girls are kept occupied hey.
It is interesting to read how the girls fit in in whatever situation they are placed. That's absolutely amazing isn't it. It sure is a blessing that they adapt so readily to what they are dealt.

Allan and Alice Buist/Plug said...

So much better at it than adults! We can learn a lot from our children.
God's blessings to your family and your work - you are in our prayers.