Prince William Getting Married

Yes, even over here in Papua, we joined the 2 billion people around the world who tuned in to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton get married!

Of course, no Prince William Getting Married party would be complete without scones, clotted cream and tea!

I wonder how many scones were baked around the world for this wedding…

The wedding attenders. (Minus me, because I was taking the picture).  We even had our very own princess!

Because of the time difference, our festivities started at 6 pm.  Much better than the 4 am start that many in America experienced! 

Did you watch the wedding?

Seashells by the Sea Shore

I may have found a few pretty shells at the beach last Saturday…

They are all so uniquely beautiful.  We serve such a creative Creator!

Right now, they are sitting in a jar in my windowsill, where I can stare at them while I mindlessly do dishes.  :)

Easter Celebration!

We had a great Easter Sunday celebrating our risen Saviour!

We had all of the “normal” Easter stuff: Ham, Chocolate Eggs, Easter Egg Hunt, Dying Eggs…but here in Indonesia, it takes a little extra effort!

Our ham was ordered several weeks ahead of time from Bali.

April made our chocolate eggs by blowing out quail eggs and then filling the shells with chocolate!  (Isn’t she amazing?)

The little plastic eggs for our egg hunt were shipped in a package from America.

And we dyed eggs with homemade egg dye and brown eggs!

Hunting for eggs.

(Maybe a more appropriate caption would be, standing around and talking in the yard while the kids hunt for eggs.)

I hope that you had a joyous Easter as well!

Dofu

Last Tuesday, while I was choosing paint colors for our house in Nabire (!!!!), Nathan was doing his checkout at Dofu.

The Dofu airstrip starts out at a 4% grade slope but then goes up to 18%.  You actually have to speed up when you’re landing there to make it to the top!!

Since I’m not a pilot, I don’t think I fully appreciate what an 18% slope means.  But when Nathan was flight instructing, he was not allowed to take his students on anything over 1% slope.  So, 18%….yeah, that’s steep!

Nabire!

Happy Easter!  He is Risen!

We are thoroughly enjoying our Easter weekend over here in Indonesia!  Yesterday we made a trip to the beach with a group of our friends and today we’re having a big Easter meal with them!

Backing up to last week…Nabire.

We were really only in Nabire for about a day and a half.  And Nathan was up in the air flying for a lot of that time, but we still got a little taste of what life in Nabire will be like!

This is the Nabire base from the air. 

As you can see, Nathan will have an extremely hard commute to work everyday. :) 

Come to think of it, he has the longest commute of all of the pilots (all 4 of them) on base.

This is the Nabire base in relation to the ocean. 

Yup, it’s awesome.

But the beach there isn’t the greatest.

But still…it’s the ocean!  I grew up in the Midwest and didn’t even see an ocean until I was like 12!  And now I’m going to live right next to one!!

(Dear Moms, Yes, there is a tsunami evacuation plan in place.  Love, The Management)


This is the duplex where we will be living!  We will occupy the half furthest away in this picture.  The Marxes (check it out, they just started a blog!) will occupy the other half.

Another view of the base.  The duplex is on the right and the Richards’ (our base manager) house is on the left.

YOU should come visit us!  Because it’s beautiful here and we’d love to see you!

Plus, we’ll have a guest room soon, just for YOU!

Mulia and Derapos

We made two stops on our way to Nabire: one in Mulia and one in Derapos. 

Mulia is a central hub for the interior of Papua.  With a population of about 10,000 people, it’s a pretty large town!  The airstrip there is long and paved, so a lot of airplanes fly in and out of there.

In Mulia, we dropped off some passengers and picked up some new ones.  The new passengers were Dani church workers who were heading to Derapos to live and minister.  They are the first church workers to ever live in Derapos.

Mulia is also the town where David Scovill lived when he first arrived in Papua (then called Irian Jaya).  It has definitely grown a lot since then.  It’s amazing to see the Dani church sending out their own people to minister in other tribes!

Our next stop was Derapos.  Derapos is a much smaller village with a much smaller, shorter, grass airstrip.  The people of Derapos were very excited to see the Dani workers get off of the plane!  There were a lot of hugs and tears going around.

Since this was Nathan’s first trip to Derapos, he had to get his strip check-out done.  Check-out invloves 5 take offs and landings.  And since he’s not allowed to have passengers on board during check-out, I had to stand on the ground for about 45 minutes while he completed his landings.

It’s a strange feeling standing on the ground when the plane takes off.  Once the plane is out of hearing distance, you are left in the quiet hum of the jungle.  Of course, the people were interested to meet me.  I’m not sure they have seen a white women very often in their lives!  Several people came by to greet me and shake my hand.  We had no common language (they don’t speak English or Indonesian and I don’t speak their tribal language) so we had to communicate through gestures.  A few of them let me take their picture.  I would show them the picture on my camera afterwards and got varying responses.  Some laughed and some looked really disturbed.  Hum…not sure what that means.

The girl on the right of this picture stood with me most of the time I was on the ground.  Again, we couldn’t talk to each other, but she liked to look at the pictures on my camera.

I took a ton of pictures of Nathan taking off and landing.  He’s taking off in this one…

And landing.

I haven’t even gotten to the Nabire part of our trip yet…tune in next time!

We’re Back!

Yup!  We’ve already returned from Nabire!  It was such a quick trip, but we had a great time checking out our new base and our new house!

I’ll post more picture tomorrow…but right now I’m bushed!

Here’s just a little sneak peak for you:

This is Nathan landing in Derapos during his strip check-out (I stood on the ground during his check-out, took pictures, tried to talk to the people, and got sunburned).  Notice how close he is to the beginning of the runway with all three tires on the ground already?  Yeah…he’s awesome.

6 Things

1.  Happy Palm Sunday!

2.  We are headed out to Nabire (pictured above) tomorrow for two nights.  Nathan will begin his Nabire airstrip checkout and I get to hang out at the MAF base, our future home!!  I am so excited to see where we will live!  I’m also going to choose paint colors for our house while we’re there.  I can’t really believe this whole transitory living thing is coming to an end soon (although, we’ll be there about a year and then we’ll go on furlough for 6 months…but a whole year in one place???  That is so unlike us!)

3.  In our 4 1/2 years of marriage, we’ve lived in 9 places (I’m counting any place we’ve stayed for at least 1 month at a time as a place we have lived).  This girl is ready to stay put for awhile!

4.  I have dishes piling up in my kitchen.  I don’t want to wash them.  Sigh.  Dishes are never ending!

5.  I will wash them today…don’t worry.  If I don’t, the ants will take over my kitchen and that is much worse to clean up!

6.  We are not taking our computer with us to Nabire, so tune in Wednesday (Tuesday for you) because we’ll be back with pictures! :)

Favorite Things

Fresh Bread. 

Yum.

I LOVE how my house smells when I’m baking bread.  It makes me want to bake bread everyday.  But then of course, we’d be over run with bread.  And who wants to be over run with bread?  I mean, where do you store it?  How do you eat it all?

Anyway, there’s something so warm and homey about freshly baked bread.

I usually make two loaves of bread at a time which lasts us about two weeks.

I use this recipe from the lovely Karin Allrich:

White Bread

2 Tbsp yeast
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups warm water
1 egg
1/2 cup oil
2 tsp salt
6-8 cups flour

1. Combine yeast, sugar and water.  Allow yeast to activate.

2. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in mixing bowl.  When yeast mixture is active, add to flour mixture.  Thoroughly combine, adding flour until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. 

3.  Knead the dough for several minutes.  My Bosch mixer will knead the dough for me.  If you don’t have a Bosch, you can knead it by hand…or ask Karin what to do, because I don’t know!  :)

4.  Separate dough into two loaves and place in oiled bread pans.  Allow to rise (about 30 minutes)

5.  Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

I’ve really been on a recipe kick lately huh?  Three out of four of my posts lately have been about food!