Gotcha!

Just over a year ago, on August 15, 2013, we went to court, signed some papers, and left as an official family of three!

We ended up being in Sentani for Elias’ “Gotcha Day” this year, but we still had a mini party with good friends, pizza, brownies and ice cream.

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What a difference a year makes, huh? Last year’s Gotcha Day:

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We sure do love this sweet boy of ours and are ever so grateful that he is forever ours!!

 

Signs Elias’ childhood is very different from my own.

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1. Before the age of one he had been on an airplane (I didn’t fly until I was 13), visited 9 States, flown internationally (didn’t do that until I was 22) and flown on a small plane (not until I was 24).

2. He has eaten durian…and he likes it.  If you don’t know what durian is, check it out here.

3. He loves the ocean.  I didn’t see the ocean until I was 13.

4. One of his favorite play things is a freshly fallen mango.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t know what a mango was until grade school.

5. He has never had fresh corn.  Poor kid.

6.  There is an airplane hangar within throwing distance of our house.  I couldn’t even tell you the first time I saw an airplane hangar…

7.  He does not always sit in a carseat when we ride in a car, sometimes he just sits on my lap (please don’t freak out about this…we live in a country where seat belts are not required and we never drive over 30 mph.  Indonesians usually just sit their kids on the back of a motorbike, often without a helmet!)

8.  We frequently take family walks down the runway (after it’s closed).  My family walks as a child were around the block, on a sidewalk.

9.  He has swam in the ocean more than a swimming pool.  (see number 3)

10.  We speak to him in two different languages, depending on who’s around.  If we are with Indonesians, we speak to him in Indonesian.  At home, we speak in English.  He knows the Indonesian words for “Goodbye” (Da-Da!), “don’t” (jangan) and “patience” (sabar).

The Team: A Very Brief Picture Show

Well, our team has come and gone.  I’m not sure I would ever do their experience justice since I wasn’t there with them, so for now I’ll post a handful of their pictures.  But please, go find them and ask.  They are bursting with stories!

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There are sooo many more pictures than this, I haven’t even looked at them all yet.

We are so grateful for these four guys and their willingness to travel half-way around the world to serve us and our friends!  They kinda rocked it! :-)  Thanks gentlemen!

The Team

About a year ago, Nathan mentioned an idea he had to bring a team of guys from America to Papua to do some kind of work project to an elder in one of our supporting churches.  It would be adventure, it would be dangerous, it would be a blessing to those they serve.

Y’all.  They are coming!!!!!!  We have a team of 4 men from one of our supporting churches in route to Papua as I type!  What, What!!

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We so rarely get visitors here because it is FAR.  I mean, like, FAAAARRRR.  They left from Chicago yesterday morning and arrive tomorrow morning.  I think Papua might possibly be the farthest you can travel from the U.S. of A. or at least it’s the longest travel time.  I haven’t researched that fact or anything…but it’s FAR.

Anyway, we are super excited to have these guys coming!  They will be in Papua for just over a week.  On Thursday they will head into the village of Turumo (which I wrote about here) where they will be helping some missionary families build their homes.  These are the first missionaries to ever live among the Turu people.

Turumo is hot, there are bees and scorpions and poisonous snakes.  There are malaria and dengue fever carrying mosquitos.  There is no electricity or indoor plumping (yet!…but it’s coming…plumping, not electricity).  It’s going to be like extreme camping, while doing construction under the blazing sun in the middle of the jungle to which there are no roads and no nearby medical care, near crocodile invested rivers, in the middle of Papua (which is the farthest you can travel from the U.S. of A).  Sound fun?

I told you: adventure and danger.

But what a blessing it will be as well!  These 4 men are traveling from the U.S. of A to the jungles of Papua to help missionaries build their homes.  Their homes where they will raise their children.  Their homes where they will celebrate holidays.  Their homes where they will live and eat and work.  Their homes where they will study a tribal language and write it down for the first time ever.  Their homes where they will teach the Gospel to a people who desperately need to hear it.

So, pray for these guys will you?  Add Nathan to your list as well, he’s going with them.

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?

Take-off from Hitadipa

In case you missed it, here‘s the landing in Hitadipa. (Do you think his tire hits that bush on landing or not…it looks so close!!)

And here’s taking off…

Talented pilot by day…awesome husband and daddy by night.  What an amazing guy I have, huh?

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!