Friday, February 26, 2010

Back home again

After almost a week in Cairns we have been able to return home to Lae. It was great to be reunited with Kirilee and Shiana again. They did really well without us, but it is always good to be back together again.

We are so thankful for the wonderful medical care we received in Cairns. Coming into the hospitals back in Australia is such a reminder of how much we have to be thankful for in the Western world. We are also so thankful for all the support we received, both prayerfully and also with lots of emails, comments on this blog, or comments on Facebook. Thank you all for your care.

While in Cairns we are also thankful for the love and support we received from the Free Reformed Church group there. We enjoyed their friendship and there hospitality. Ashlyn had a great time catching up with old friends....




....Shakira and Aliesha Byl....

...and she had a great time making new ones....


....Janaya Byl.

We also received a bunch of flowers which was thoughtfully given to us by our Mission Board in Australia....

...we had to take a photo as we didn't have a long enough time to enjoy them fully.

We also had one of those funny cultural incidents with our darling Ashlyn. We were in a supermarket buying some groceries when we suddenly heard Ashlyn calling in amazement, "LOOK!!" We both turned to her, wondering what she had seen, and saw she was pointing at a lady nearby. "Look," she said in amazement, "that lady's a white skin up the top and a black skin down the bottom." We turned to each other and tried not to laugh too loudly. The "white skin" lady was wearing black stockings, which made her legs look kind of black like a Papua New Guinean. Guess Ashlyn has never really seen stockings too much in her life, let alone black ones!

Friday, February 19, 2010

In Him we trust

Well, I am writing this blog from a place we had not hoped to be in so soon again. We are in Cairns again, and this time not for a holiday. Let me explain. A few weeks back we were overjoyed to find out that I was pregnant again, and so soon after our last miscarriage. However, once again the Lord decided His plans were different from ours. About a week ago I experienced some complications with my pregnancy and last Wednesday a second scan confirmed that our baby had died and that a D&C would be needed again. Unfortunately, living in a country like PNG, this is no simple thing, so yesterday morning Andrew and Ashlyn and I took the first flight out of PNG and by lunch time were in the wonderful hospital care in Cairns, Australia. I spent the afternoon being truly and thoroughly examined (which was very reassuring), and this morning returned to the hospital where they performed a D&C. I am now doing quite well and recovering. We hope to spend a few more days here (to allow time to heal, and to ensure there are no immediate complications from the surgery), before heading back to Lae next Wednesday, if all goes well.

It was hard to leave Kirilee and Shiana behind, even though they are in the excellent care of Ian and Nadia. Also hard to leave especially under less-than-pleasant circumstances. But we know the Lord cares for us wherever we are. Once again we have been reminded of His overarching power, control and providence. So often we want to control our own lives, but once again He reminds us that that is not our place. He is in control, He knows what He is doing (even when we can't fathom His ways), and in Him we trust.