Monday, July 21, 2008

We are back!! This blog has been very quiet, but that is because we have been away for a week and a bit. We had the privilege to take a break along with my parents to explore some other areas of PNG, and just to have a breather. We went to Ukarumpa again in the highlands, where we stayed at the SIL guesthouse. We chose to have our lunch and evening meal cooked for us, so I had a wonderful break from cooking as well. The weather there is so much cooler, and it is just very peaceful and quiet there. We caught up with some friends too, so all in all it was a great place to stay.
After this we travelled to Madang where we stayed on the beach in a small cottage. Mum and Dad stayed in a small room next door. There is a small swimming beach and also a swimming pool. The weather was warm and perfect for swimming. Even Mum, who never swims, did lots of swimming – the water was just so inviting. The road to Madang was pretty rough and slow - lots of potholes (more like craters) and just generally unkept. Thankfully, however, the Lord showed us travelling mercies and we were kept free from harm or incident throughout all our travels.

In Madang we also took Dad and Mum to "our" village, the village where we spent 5 weeks during our training, living as much as possible like the locals, without power or running water, and in a bush house. It was wonderful to see the village people again, and I think Dad and Mum enjoyed the day too. We spent quite a bit of time just relaxing in Madang too!

Ashlyn just loved the pool

as did her big sister, Shiana

Kirilee found a baby to cuddle

See my parents were really there in "our" village

Andrew chatting with the Papa who looked after us during village living

Two wonderful shots Andrew took in the resort in Madang

The break was just really good for our family (life continues to be rather stressful with some ongoing issues...) Kirilee, especially,perked up so much after the break. A couple of weeks before we went for a break she was in the car with Nadia when they were involved in an attempted “hold – up” – they were faced with a man pointing a gun toward the car - because the roads are so rought often you can only drive rather slowly. (happens more often in this country – criminals with guns trying to make a quick dollar by holding someone up). The incident happened just up the road from our house. They managed to get away without stopping, and although initially Kirilee, too, was pretty shaken up, she seemed to be doing okay. However, she was still pretty pale to look at and rather quiet for a couple of weeks (and anyone that knows Kirilee knows that this is out of character.) She usually loves to talk and chat, and even with Dad and Mum here she was still pretty withdrawn. However, we are thankful to say that the break seemed to be good for her. Her cheeks are rosy again, and she is much more her old self again!

But breaks always come to an end! We came back to the life back here in Lae. It is good to be home but of course dramas seem to begin right away...we were only back for a few hours and a huge riot broke out in front of our compound and it involved rock throwing, bow and arrows, bush knives and even pistols. We read in the newspaper today that it was to do with some drunk men being refused a boat ride and then each group going back to their family/friends and coming back with reinforcements. Anyway it was pretty loud and violent and it was hard to keep the girls from going outside or upstairs to watch...just didn’t think they needed to see it! Eventually, the special police taskforce moved in and broke it up with gunshots and the like.
We are still having a great time with Dad and Mum. With Julie still sick (she has gone back to her village to recuperate) I am also appreciating the extra hands to help. Why our landlords ever thought to put white tiles all through our downstairs area, beats me! Sometimes I wonder why I bother to clean them at all. I can mop all day and they still look dirty a few minutes later!

Anyway, time to get this thing uploaded. Goodnight all and God bless you wherever you are in this big wide world.


Sivert Henderikus Van Der Laan said...

I enjoy reading your blog, keep them coming.


Anonymous said...

HI. ik heb jullie blog met belangstelling gelezen, GOD bless you.

Henk From the Netherlands.