It’s been a week and a half of getting back into routine. I took the rest of the week after returning from Cairns “off”. When I say “off”, I mean off from church work. Of course it was not a week off wifely and motherly duties, and neither did I want it to be. It was so good to be back together again, and good for us to slowly get back into normal routines again.
This past week has been a week of really getting back to normal, with me taking up women’s fellowship and the literacy class again. We also had Shiana’s birthday on Wednesday and her party today (Saturday). Last weekend was a weekend of major problems in Lae re water and power. The power was out for about 3 days straight and the water as well. Thankfully, for some reason, our area of town still had water (though I had commented a few times to Andrew that the water pressure was down). On Monday the girl’s school was cancelled as without water, washing of hands and toilets are a problem. Thankfully, by the next morning the water was back on so they could go back to school!
The cholera outbreak seems to have begun a second wave. An increase of cases has been reported over the last week. Apparently this is quite common with these kinds of diseases. After the first outbreak there is often a lull as more people become aware of the disease and follow precautions. However, after a while this lull causes complacency after which a second wave of the disease passes through. We pray that people will continue to follow the precautions!
On Friday the girls had a Variety Show at school. It came about because their Independence Day celebrations were cancelled about a month ago due to the cholera outbreak. However, as they had spent a lot of time practicing their pieces, the school decided to put on this Variety Show instead. Here are some pics:
Shiana all dressed up and waiting for her turn to perform
Shiana performing with her friends - they performed a few songs!
Kirilee performing some traditional dance
Kirilee shared the role of "mistress of ceremonies" along with some other girls. Here she is announcing some part of the program...
On Friday evening we had one of those real PNG experiences - no not the rural, village, kind of experience, but instead the urban experience. As it had recently been my birthday, and also Shiana’s birthday so we decided to go to a restaurant in a local hotel for dinner (or supper or whatever you want to call it!). Well I called nice and early to book a table. The restaurant was not open yet but the lady at the hotel desk assured me that they take bookings and pass them onto the restaurant when they opened, and she seemed like she knew what she was doing. So at 6:15 we headed out and were ready to take our place at the restaurant at 6:30….except…you guessed it – they did not have our name down and they were booked out. With lots of apologies they madly tried to figure a way for us to eat. They told us they could have a table but had to be done by 7:15….not a great deal of time when by now it was already 6:40!! So in the end, we had to decide, much to the disappointment of our girls, that we would have to do it some other time! However, we consoled them, telling them that instead we would go to a local takeaway shop and get something and go home with it. So we went to the drive through, but because the speaker/microphone thing was not working a worker was coming and taking our orders. Well, that was fine, so we ordered our meal, paid, waited about 20 minutes or so, then got to the window to pick up our order. Guess what? They were out of the things we had ordered, so they kindly asked if we wanted to order something else, or would we perhaps mind to take a signed receipt and get our order from another one of this take out shops. Well, no, we decided. A trip to another shop meant another heap of Lae potholes, with no guarantee of getting the food at the end, and…… ordering something else? Well that was just not worth another 20 minute wait! So we got our money back….and about an hour and a half after we left home we had tinned spaghetti on toast at home! It was a good time to remind our disappointed girls (and ourselves) that at least we could be grateful that our bellies could be filled and that we lacked nothing! We can all do with that reminder every now and then! … and we had a good laugh about it too!!!
Shiana’s party was today…
On her actual birthday (Wednesday) Shiana received this bike - and was she ever excited!
Shiana actually chose an easy birthday cake - a number 9 and I was so thankful!
Ashlyn enjoying the party - this is her new "fake" posing smile!
Playing a game with party friends
Opening presents - always fun!