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!
Kirilee found a baby to cuddle
See my parents were really there in "our" village
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 She usually loves to talk and chat, and even with Dad and Mum here she was still pretty withdrawn.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!