Gift from Pogapa

Every once and awhile, Nathan is handing a gift from some of the village people he serves.  Usually it’s fruits and vegetables.  We’ve gotten everything from mangos to cabbage, but yesterday he got a pretty unique gift and I’m clueless what to do with it!

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Honeycomb!  Except there’s no more honey in it.  Any creative ideas??

On the Ground in Turumo

We are home from Conference now.  We had a spectacular time with the folks from New Heights (a church in Vancouver that sends a team to serve us every year)!

I did not take one single picture.  Not a single one!  Can you even believe that?  What has happened to me?

You may, however, have seen these two pictures that were posted on Facebook:

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Nathan and I were duct taped to poles in the name of team building.  So glad to have this photographic evidence of Conference 2014.

Anywho…on the way home from conference, we went via the village of Turumo where some friends of ours are in the process of building homes.  Nathan had been there several times, but for me, it was the first.

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Everyone loved Elias and wanted to touch him.  He wasn’t so sure.

 

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The airplane landing is an event, so everyone comes out to greet it!

 

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Then we took a bit of a walk down the runway.  We had a few followers…

 

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Nathan, Pak Sepius and Elias in front of one of the missionary homes.

 

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While Nathan was writing tickets for the passengers to Nabire, Elias and I got to briefly walk through the village and down to the river.  Aren’t these boats amazing?  They are carved out of tree trunks.

 

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Elias loved sitting in the boat!

 

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And then he entertained himself by jumping off the end of airstrip markers (gas barrels cut in half).  Oh the life of an MK.

I loved, loved, loved being able to see the place where my friends will soon live and work!

A Day in the Life

I’ve had requests for “day in the life” posts before and I’ve never done them, because frankly, I thought it would be boring.  My typical day consists of laundry, dishes, and mommy-ing.  Pretty normal stuff.  But I guess it all has it’s own special twist because of where we live…

So, without further ado…here is a day in the life of me.

Monday, July 14, 2014

6:30 a.m.  Nathan has long been awake by this point and is already off on his first flight of the day.  I wake up, start the laundry, feed the dog (didn’t take pictures of that excitement, sorry)

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7 a.m.-8 a.m.-I make breakfast for myself (oatmeal and coffee).  I eat and do some internet surfing.  Elias still hasn’t woken up, so I tackle the pile of dishes from the day before.  I don’t like to do dishes on Sundays, so come Monday morning, there’s a mountain.  Elias finally wakes up, so he eats breakfast (a banana and Honey Stars) while I shower.  Then we go outside to hang up the first load of laundry.

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8 a.m.-10 a.m. I sit outside and read my Bible while Elias plays with Daisy and Smegal.  Then we decide to walk to the fruit stands just outside our base, near the beach to buy some fruit to dehydrate for our team coming in a few weeks.  We buy pineapple, melon and mangos.  When we return to base, Nathan’s plane flies overhead, so we wait for him to land.  We hang out with Nathan at the gudang (building where the cargo is stored…I don’t know a good English word for it) for awhile.

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10 a.m.-12 p.m. We return home where Elias has a snack while I cut up the melon we bought earlier in the morning.  I also put away the clean dishes and wash the dishes that have piled up from breakfast.  Elias and I spend some time playing with his toys before I start making lunch.

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12 p.m.-2 p.m. Nathan comes home for lunch and we all eat together.  Nathan returns to work.  Elias refuses to nap, so instead he helps me make banana bread since we have a bowl of brown bananas sitting on the counter.  More laundry gets hung and I start packing for family conference (we leave tomorrow!).

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2 p.m.-4p.m. This is the only picture I took during this time, but Elias and I sit and watch some Shaun the Sheep.  (can you tell how enthralled I am?).  Nathan returns home again and plays with Elias while I hang up the rest of the laundry and bring in what’s already dry. Then I do some more packing for conference.

Day in the Life44 p.m.-5 p.m. I realize that I only have 4 more disposable diapers on hand (yikes!), so we run to the store to buy some.  We stop and order sate (they spell it satay in the U.S.) for dinner and then head to the store.  Of course, we can’t leave the store with just diapers They have peanut butter and Pringles in stock! When they have it, we buy in bulk.  So $90 later we pick up our sate and head home.

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5 p.m.-6 p.m. We eat dinner, served on a banana leaf.  Yum.  Elias is so exhausted because he didn’t nap, so in an effort to keep him awake a bit longer he gets a bath and then we have our nightly dance party.  The kid loves to dance!

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6 p.m.- 7 p.m. I retrieve the rest of the laundry off the line.  Elias gives Nathan a “goodnight’ hug (my heart melts) and he (Elias, not Nathan) goes to bed, earlier than usual but not too bad consider how tired he was!

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7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. I fold laundry and work on writing this blog while Nathan plays a video game.  We finish packing for conference and then cut up some mangos to put in the food dehydrator.  Elias wakes up crying, so I calm him down and then head to bed myself!

There you have it!  My day.  I can’t say that it was a “typical” day necessarily, however my days are rarely the same.  Everyday is a new adventure.

We head off to conference tomorrow morning and so I’ll be away from the internet all week.  I hope you all have a good one!

Seen in Town

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The lesser know Randolph, the red-eyed camel.

 

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For all of the Iowa State Hawkeye fans in Nabire: a doll for your daughter!

 

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Who doesn’t want to come home after a long day of work to kick off your shoes and enjoy a cold Mung Bean Drink?

Fourth of July

July the 4th is just a regular ol’ Friday in Indonesia, but we decided to invite all of our National staff and have a day of fun, freedom and baseball (possibly the worst game of baseball every played…but it was fun!)

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Homemade patriotic decor. (with Indonesian flag ribbon)

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Facepainting. (with face paint left over from King’s Day)

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Watermelon eating.

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“It’s a simple game,” I said.

Silly me.  Apparently it’s only simple to me because I grew up playing baseball.  Try explaining it in another language to people have never played before…not so simple.  But hey, it was a good time!

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This is my sweet house helper, Nelli.  Elias loves her.

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Heartbreaker.

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No fireworks, but we did end the day with a really beautiful sunset!

Happy Fourth of July!

 

The One When We Landed on a Lake (On Purpose!)

There is exactly one MAF float plane in Papua.  It’s based in Merauke, a town on the South coast of the island.  Elias and I had the awesome opportunity to ride in the float plane and land on a lake on our way to a mini-vacation in Timika a few weeks ago! Because, you know, that’s how we do.

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Getting ready to land on the water!

 

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I was actually surprised how smooth of a landing it was.

 

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See! No runway, just water!

 

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We even created small waves.

 

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I don’t know all of the technicalities of how an airplane actually lands on water…mostly magic I think.

 

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Elias was really excited about this whole thing…this is what he did during the entire landing.

 

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Sometimes I step back and think, “How in the world is this my life?”  But it is, and I love it!

Favorite Photo Friday

Just between you and me, it’s actually Saturday morning here.  But it’s still Friday for most of my readers, so that counts right?  It’ll be our little secret.

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Last week, Elias begged and begged to go outside early in the morning.  Usually I tell him no, but I decided to take him this time.  Nathan was already out prepping his airplane for a day of flying, so we sat nearby watching the early morning happenings.

This picture is one of the first I took, so my camera hadn’t fully adjusted to the humidity yet, thus the haze.  But, how adorable is my boy watching the helicopter fly by?

Sometimes I step back and think how completely different Elias’ childhood will be from my own.  Sometimes it makes me sad.  He won’t have Little League or Fourth of July carnivals.  He won’t make snowmen in the wintertime.  He won’t know the crisp smell of Autumn.  But then I remind myself that he will see and experience things that many Americans never see or experience in a lifetime. He will remember greeting his daddy at the airplane everyday and playing with the controls in the cockpit.  He will learn to swim in the ocean and spend the summer playing on the beach.  He will know the smell of thick humid air and tropical breezes.  He will be a third culture kid through and though.  And that has a beauty all of its own.

 

Wall O’ Dinos

You may remember that Elias’ room looked like this:

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Well, now it looks like this!:
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Then…I had to do some, gulp, math. My former math teachers would cringe.  Seriously, I’ve lost all my math ability. But somehow I managed to figure this puppy out.

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I measured out the portion of the wall that I wanted to cover in dinos. (part of the wall will be covered up by the wardrobe that MAF is building).  I found then center point and went from there laying out my dinosaurs.  They are 24 inches apart, each dino is approximately 5 inches wide and three inches tall.  Even though I used three different kinds of dinosaurs, I wanted them to be as close to the same size as possible.  The numbers 1,2,3 indicate which dinosaur would go where.

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Then I overlaid my little example on a picture of the wall to see if I liked how it looked.  The gray area on the left of the photo is where the wardrobe will go.

Happy with how it looked, I used my trusty Silhouette machine to cut all of the dinos out of green vinyl.

Then we measured, leveled and marked where each dino should be placed.  It was a little tedious, but once we had a rhythm going, it went pretty quick.

It took us two days to get them all on the wall, mostly because Elias wanted our attention. But, I’m super happy with how it turned out!  Elias loves all the dinosaurs!

If we ever change our mind, the vinyl is super easy to peal off.

We’ve come a long way from what the room looked like a few years ago:

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