Saturday, July 17, 2010

settling in...how blessed we are!

Okay, so we've traded sweat and dehydration for this....

...not so charming to look at, but oh so warm!

And for now we are enjoying this:

....and this...

...instead of our usual abode surrounded by lots of other houses only a few metres away from ours, with barbed/razor wire fences surrounding us!

...And for now Andrew has traded his office and doing errands and pastoral visits for this...

...he has done such a great job already in cleaning up our gardens!

....And we are all trying out some new toys...

...that rip stick is much harder to ride than it looks I found out...

... though the girls mastered it easily:

...as Shiana shows...

...and Ashlyn enjoys a bargain bike that her Dad found for her...


And how the girls have been enjoying their cousins to play with....


Ashlyn and her cousin Kayla


...talking to the horse (not ours) on our property (thanks to my niece Jessica for those two photos!)

...Kirilee and her dear cousin Sharelle...

...they just can't stop giggling...


Can you tell how blessed we feel? I remember walking into our own home again (it has been 6 years since we have lived in it!) and just feeling overwhelmed. My family had gone all out in preparing it for us. Everything was just perfect. My nephew, Jonathan, had spent hours making some changes to our house (which we are now working on painting) and had done such a great job. The fridge and cupboards were filled with food, we had furniture much of which others had donated for our use, and it really felt like a home! I was just feeling so overwhelmed with the space around us too, the quiet peacefulness, the sounds of birds and the beautiful rainbows (rainbows are a very, very rare occurrence in Lae, so Ashlyn has been pointing them out continually).

We are so thankful that God has provided for us so well, also through so many wonderful family and friends. We are enjoying catching up again. There are some things which are still in many ways so unreal for us, but over all we are adjusting well and we are thankful for that. The girls will begin school next week (I have lost track of how many times they have changed schools in their young lives!), and we pray that they will fit in well and make the transition smoothly.

God is so amazing. Amazing that wherever we all go, in whatever circumstance, He is there blessing us and giving us joy and contentment. We continue to remember our brothers and sisters in Lae. May they too continue to feel His joy and contentment in their often difficult circumstances. How blessed we are!

P.S. I meant to do this in our last post while in Lae, but I will do it now as I forgot back then. As I went through some old mail as I "spring-cleaned" the house before our furlough, I was reminded of how may people have sent us cards throughout our time of serving in PNG. Then there are those of you who leave comments on this blog or on Facebook. Then there are others who send emails (which I usually reply to...I think), and still other who read this blog (and I never even know!) and live with us in thought and prayer. To you all we say: thank you! We are often strengthened and encouraged through you all! Please continue praying for God's Church-Gathering work in PNG, and also for those on the field labouring in His Mission field!

3 comments:

jen said...

Hi Natalie and family of course.
Just causght up on your last 2 posts and thankyou for sharing them. It sure humbles me again for the beautiful task Andrew and yourself and Ian and Nadia and more do in Lae. A beautiful task and of cousre it comes with its ups and downs and God provides for all your needs.
Now He has allowed the time of a good break for you and your family and we pray it all goes well.
Can quite imagine its an exciting time, living in your home and then being surrounded with your loved ones and friends, you can come and go as you please:)
Wishing you all God's blessings!
Regards Hil & Jen

Kannan said...

Good post.

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