Fruit Stands

Fruit Stands

Right along the beach near base, we have these awesome fruit stands.  It sounds kinda dreamy, and it nearly is if you can ignore the trash and the cat calls.  About once a week, Elias and I walk over here to buy fresh fruit.  Some of it is local and some is imported.  Elias really has a love/hate relationship with it.  He loves the free grapes that people hand him because he’s cute…and he hates that they all want to pinch his cheeks.

Fruit lady

I go to the same lady each time I go.  She is super sweet and tries so hard to befriend Elias (grape bribes).  She insisted I hold an avocado when we took this picture…so there ya go.  Also, I am a giant woman in this country.  Giant.

Cutest Mindy

And speaking of giant, check this fruit out!  Any guesses what it is?  Hint: it’s texture is like snot and it’s not durian!

So, one scraped knee (Elias), a cantaloupe, 2 kilos of mango, 1 kilo of avocado, 1 pineapple, and a handful of free grapes later, we headed home.   All and all, a successful trip to the fruit stands!

Things I Make Regularly: Granola


Cereal selection is sorely lacking in our little corner of the world.  Here in Nabire, we usually have three choices: Corn Flakes, Honey Gold Corn Flakes or some kinda of Coco Pop/Krispie.  We miss cereal.  We dream about cereal.  We take pictures of the cereal aisle when we are in America.  Cereal is a beautiful thing.

I’ve done a lot of experimenting with granola since we can get oatmeal.  There are a whole lot of granola recipes out there if you’re looking, but in my experience there are some real winners and some real losers.  Here are three recipes that we keep coming back to:

Basic Granola (recipe from the amazing Carolyn Crockett)

12 cup oatmeal
2 cup white sugar
2 cup brown sugar (I use palm sugar)
2 cup shredded coconut
1 1/2 cup flour
2 cup oil (I use coconut oil)
2 cup water
2 Tb Cinnamon

Mix it all together.  Bake on low (325) for 1.5 hours, stirring once or twice.

This recipe is awesome because you can add/subtract what you want.  Don’t want that much sugar?  Reduce it!  Want to add raisins or nuts?  Go for it!  (Add raisins after the granola is baked…baked raisins aren’t so great.)
Yummy Granola (recipe from the awesome Karin Allrich)

3 cup shredded coconut
4 1/2 cup oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar (or palm)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 oil
3/4 water

Mix it all together.  Bake @ 350 for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.

This granola looks kinda like cookie dough when you’re mixing it together and it’s delicious!  And similar to the first one, you can modify it as needed.


Maple Pecan Granola (recipe from the internet somewhere)

2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup pecan pieces
1/2 cup maple syrup (I actually used pancake syrup)
1/4 cup brown sugar (or palm)
2 Tbs coconut oil
1/8 tsp salt

Mix it all together.  Bake @300 for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Oh. My. Goodness.  This is my favorite granola at the moment.  It’s amazingly delicious.  In fact, the first time I made it, I followed the recipe as above, tasted it when it was done, and quickly mixed up some more because I knew it wasn’t going to last long in my house.  A. Mazing.


So, yes, all of these granola recipes contain sugar.  But the awesome thing about granola is that it’s super versatile.  You can substitute honey, real maple syrup or agave syrup, or whatever your sweetener preference is.  I’ve also added ground flax seed, nuts, seeds…whatever you want!  Experiment and discover your own favorite granola recipe.

All The Books


You guys…I have to admit something: I am somewhat addicted to children’s books.  I even took a children’s lit course in college.  I want to buy ALL THE BOOKS!  Currently, my…I mean, Elias’ book wish list has 47 books on it, and he’s not even in school yet.  We have a tiny little library here in Nabire that a few MAFers put together several years ago and it’s awesome for what it is; believe me, we raid it all the time.  But it is still tiny and now it’s out of date.

So, what’s this book loving girl to do?  For Nathan and I, it’s pretty easy.  We each have Kindle e-readers, which we love and use everyday.  But for my kiddo?  An electronic device is just not the same as holding a picture book in your hand.  So, we bring books in suitcases, we borrow from other and we utilize our little library…and then I dreamily make book wish lists on Amazon.

We are obviously not the first missionaries to experience this difficulty of getting children’s books and there are some AWESOME peeps out there making the gathering and sending books for MKs their mission.  It’s super amazing and such a blessing.  Here are two that I’ve found:

We have ordered from Bookends in the past and I’m waiting on an order from Books for MKs.

There’s also this amazing site that offers free shipping on books worldwide:

So, are you a missionary looking to get your hands on some books?  Check out the sites above!

Are you looking for a creative way to bless your missionary?  Ask them what books they want and send ’em a few OR check out the amazing ministries above and see how you can get involved!


Are you tired of these “On our way to/in/from Wamena” posts yet?  Well, here’s one more!

Besides observing the beautiful landscape on our way home from Wamena, we also stopped in the new-to-us village of Kiyagi.  This village is typically serviced by the Wamena base, so Nathan is not checked out here and up until the day we were slotted to fly there, I had never even heard of it.

Did you know that surveys show that Papua is home to around 270 language groups?  270!  That number is astounding.  Papua is roughly the size of Texas, so imagine driving from town to town within the state of Texas and encountering a completely different language in each one!

As it turns out, the people of Kiyagi were really excited to meet a Nabire pilot as they have a lot of family living here and would love service to and from Nabire.  And so, the hope is that Nathan will get check-out in Kiyagi soon in order to serve these people.



Yeah, that’s an airstrip.  It has a tiny bit of slope…(the parking area where you see the plane is off to the side of the runway, and actually it’s only halfway up.)  Taking off from here feels a bit like a rollercoaster.



I loved all of these slate rocks that they had in the parking spot.  I wanted to load up the plane with them and bring them home!


Have I even mentioned that Papuan women are ah-ma-zing?  This mama is not only carrying her child in a sling (and probably carries that child all day long), she also has large net bags full of whoknowswhat hanging off her head, down her back.  These women are STRONG!


See that tiny little strip of white just to the right of that gentleman’s head?  The one waaaay in the background on a mountain?  That’s a waterfall.  A super huge, really beautiful waterfall.  I casually asked how long it would take to walk there and they all kinda looked at me like I was nutso and then said that no one walks there because to go down through the valley was pretty dangerous.

So, there ya have it…another village, another airstrip on this beautiful island that we call “home.”

Beautiful Papua

On our way home from Wamena I thought to myself, “I’m going to take a picture every time I look out the window and see something beautiful.”  There was a tiny little flaw in my plan…Papua is gorgeous!  I could have just held my shutter down the whole flight and let my camera click away.  Pictures really don’t do justice to the beauty that is here…but here are a few nonetheless.











Winging our way to Daboto

[Disclaimer: this post has pictures of tribal people dressed the way the dress.  I decided not to edit this time, because this is real life.  This is what the look like.  And they aren’t ashamed.  They are loved by Jesus, just like you and me.]

It’s not very often that Elias and I get to fly along with Nathan, but on our way to Wamena last week (for a routine airplane inspection) we got to stop in the village of Daboto where we spent Thanksgiving last year.  It’s so easy for me to get caught up in the everydayness of everyday and forget that there is a whole world out there of mountains and tribal people and missionaries doing amazing things, so I love when I get a chance to wing my way over there to see it with my own eyes.

Home Sweet Home

Just after take-off in Nabire, you can see the MAF base below (at the end of the runway).  Our house is buried under the trees, so you can’t see it in this photo, but you can see the hangar and a few other houses on our base.

Handsome Pilot

Hey there stud pilot extraordinaire!


Overhead Daboto.  This airstrip took 10 years and about $60,000 to make.  It is literally carved out of the side of a mountain.


This childhood…I sometimes grieve all the things he is missing out on because of our choice to live here to do what we do.  But he has gained so much too!

That's a close mountain

We’ve been doing this long enough now that flying this close to mountains doesn’t totally freak me out anymore…but I still remember that nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach the first few times that I flew along with Nathan.  It does help that my favorite pilot is well-trained and super skilled (and studly).

And that's an even closer one

Remember how I said this strip was carved out of the side of a mountain?  Upon landing, it feels like your right wing might just scrape that mountain (but it never does because of my aforementioned stud pilot).


Moi Woman

Moi Woman

I love visiting Daboto and the Moi people.  They always seems genuinely happy to see us.  And so even though all I can say is “hello” and “thank you” in their language, there’s beauty in shared smiles.


Daboto runway

I’m awed when I think of all that it took to get this airplane to this spot: years of hard manual labor on the runway, years of flight training for Nathan, hundreds if not thousands of financial supporters to purchase the airplane, build the runway, sustain our lives here and the many, many missionaries who have gone before to lay the ground work of the Gospel coming to Papua.

Superhero among them

Superhero costumes make you feel brave when surrounded by strangers :)

Empty plane

And then we were off again to Wamena, this time with an empty airplane.  Until next time Daboto!