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!


Matthew and Claire Byl said...

Hi Nat,
Great to hear that you arrived home safely. No doubt the girls were very excited to have you home. My girls are already asking when the Van der Heide's are coming for dinner again :) We hope and pray that all continues to go well in the coming months. Love Claire and co.

jen said...

Thinking of you and hope you feel better health soon as things settle. The God of all grace will keep you close to Him.
May His love be felt each day:)
So pleased that you could receive medical help not to far from Lae.
We are sure the Byl's dont mind your company either:) Take care:)

A.Kena said...

Hi Andrew & Nat,
Glad you are back home again. We pray that you may continue to recieve God's blessings as you recuperate further & in due time be able to take up your tasks again. Thinking of & praying for you, Love, Uncle Len & A.kena.

Marilyn said...

Hi Natalie and Andrew
I am really sorry to hear about you loss again, Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love from The Lewis Family in
Kathmandu, Nepal