I Want to Move to Bali

We had an amazing time in Bali!  So much so, that it’s worth saying again.  A-MAY-ZING.  I’m ready to move there, if God should somehow change up our ministry. :)

So, why Bali?  It is one of the cheapest places for us to go that is off-island and somewhat Western.  Did you know that Bali is part of Indonesia?  Yup, sure is!  While it is super touristy, it is so gorgeous and you can get a decent burger!  What more do you need in a vacation, really?

This was our 4th trip to Bali and so we decided to spread our wings and explore some parts of Bali that we had never seen before.  Since it was a two-week trip, we got to spend a decent amount of time in each place.  Something else new for us this trip: we stayed mostly in rented villas rather than hotel rooms.  I’m not sure I can go back to a hotel room now.  A private villa with a private pool is the way to go!  (And depending where you stay and how many people you need to house, it can actually be cheaper than a hotel room!)

Room with a View

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Pool with a View

Could I wake up to this view every morning?  Yes, yes I could.

Coffee

Rice Terrace

One of our stops was this amazing coffee plantation, that not only had an amazing view, but also amazing coffee. Have you heard of Kopi Luwak?  It is one of the most expensive coffees in the world.  It’s poop coffee guys.  Poop.  It’s really good, I swear.  And while one cup of this can go for upwards of $35-$100, I had a cup for about $3.50.  Not to shabby.  Learn more about it here.

At this plantation, called Bali Pulina, they show the process from bean to cup.  Elias was fascinated.  And I was fascinated by how fascinated he was.  They gave us several different kinds of coffee to try for free (and we also opted to pay for a cup of kopi luwak).  Elias tried every single one of them, except for the poop one.  He just couldn’t get passed the “drinking poop” aspect of it.  I couldn’t convince him that you’re not actually drinking poop.

Rice Field

Home Path

Bali boats

Bali Zoo Elephant

Door

Bali Door

I was obsessed with all of the gorgeous doorways.  They range from beautifully ornate, to super simple and I loved each and every one of them.  When I buy my Bali property, I’m definitely getting a gorgeous door 😉

While this life we live comes with many challenges, I never want to forget all of the amazing experiences and beautiful places that are within arms-reach.

Safety Bash: 5 Years of Accident-Free flying!

In September, MAF Papua celebrated 5 years of safe, accident-free flying!  This is a huge milestone, especially considering the environment in which our pilots and mechanics work and fly.  It is not uncommon for their to be an aviation accident, often fatal, every month in Papua.  (I should say here, that in MAF’s accident 5 years ago, no one was injured.  Praise God.)  We are so, so grateful for our culture of safety in MAF and we know that both our pilots and mechanics are striving to make safe choices everyday!

In light of this milestone, we had a safety bash on base.  And, as one does, we had a pig roast!  Pig roasts in Papua signal celebration, especially since pigs are so highly valued.  One pig can sell for as much as $1,000.

Babi Guling

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Different from pig roasts we have done in the past (bakar batu: cooking the pig in the ground with hot stones), this time the pig was roasted on a spit.  This method, called babi guling, is most common in Bali.  However, a man who lives here in Nabire, and is a huge supporter of MAF, offered to roast the pig for us!  Yum.

Happy 5 years, MAF!

Back to School: Letter F!

After a lovely, and oh-so-needed vacation to Bali, we are now home and getting back into the rhythm of life in Nabire, which includes school!  So, we have arrived at the letter H!  But you haven’t heard from me since E, so let’s back up a quick second…

F is for Frog

Day One: F is for Frog!  First we made his letter F frog.  Above, Elias is drawing flies for the frog to eat.

Frog jumping

Next we played a little leap from game with some plastic frogs that we have.  They had to “jump” to the correct lily pad as I called out the letter.

fish scales

 

Day Two: F is for Fish!  We actually didn’t do much fish related this day, however he did paint this fish using q-tips to make scales.new app

Then he played a new game I downloaded on the iPad called “Letter School”  It’s super fun, and helps him to learn to recognize and write letters.

bunny game

This game really has nothing to do with letters, but it is critical thinking.  Each card has a picture of a few objects in a certain arrangement.  He has to look at the picture and then recreate it using the objects.  It’s called Bunny Peek A Boo and Elias loves it.

family photos

Day Three: F is for Family!  First we looked at pictures of Elias’ Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Grandparents.  Since we only see them every few years, we find it important to look at their pictures often and talk about them all.

family tree

Then we made a family tree.  Elias did a great job of putting the right kids with the right parents!  He also decided to put his birth mom on a branch near us.
F book

All the books

Finally, he made his F book.  I love his little collection of books that he has created.  And he does love to read them from time to time!