Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June- we got home!

 On June 3rd we finally got back home!  We were so excited to get back.  

 The rain bugs were also excited to have us back.  They were everywhere!
 In this picture I had tried to sweep them into a pile, but they're not all dead so many of them are crawling away as I'm sweeping them up.
 Check your cup before you take a drink!

There was still a little bit of work left to do on the airstrip, so Dylan got to work right away.

In town we got this little light, so we've been enjoying some dance parties:)

These perler beads were almost as annoying as the rain bugs ;)
Look at that tongue :)
The boys made a see saw.  They were saying "see-saw"  over and over and the Dem kids were copying them.

Dylan was given some traditional menswear and the people had fun dressing him up one day.
Some Dem guys had been stranded out in another town when the airstrip was closed and they were finally able to fly back in as well.  It's always exciting when a plane lands.
Cute boys!
Recently the people had a harvest of corn.  They roast it right in the fire so it becomes pretty black on the outside, but doesn't taste too bad.  Roman loves it and goes up to people and asks them for it.  When this lady gave us some, Raquel said she was going to save it and put some butter and salt on it at home :) 
We've been letting Raquel stay up a little later than the boys at night and we've designated Wednesday as 'Game Night'.  She takes it very seriously.  Here she set up Rummikub, Skip-Bo and Dutch Blitz.
Bend City Church purchased this stove for us at Christmas time.  My parents were able to bring it in their luggage and we've been enjoying nice warm fires during the chilly evenings.
hanging out in the yard
Raquel stirring the chocolate pudding for Father's Day

Dylan was able to relax on Father's Day and have all the little people who make him a father cheering him on in his Xbox races :)
Raquel and Gideon got a turn.  Poor Roman didn't get a chair :)
The day after Father's Day was Dylan's birthday so we got to spend two days celebrating him.
Happy Birthday Dylan!!!
Raquel used one of her birthday presents on her brothers.
She was pretty jealous that the color showed up so well in Gideon's blond hair and not in hers.
Raquel came running in one day saying I just had to see something.  She had dressed up our goat, Miss Molly.
She put socks on her back legs.
She also put scarves around her neck.  She said "She looks like a girl from the movies."  I have no idea which movies she might be referring to, but it was pretty funny.
The kids love to play with the wheelbarrow!

I liked this boy's pink jacket :)
This is one way to get across the mud.
Good to have friends that help.
The kids love to watch Wild Kratts, a PBS show about animals.  I made these "Creature Power Suits" like they wear on the show.  It's hilarious listening to them talk about it.
Dylan and some of the Dem guys went to cut some wood for the fence by our house.  It makes me a little nervous, but everyone came away with everything intact.
Here the kids are checking out a (dead) green tree python as our partner's cassowary bird looks on.
Miss Molly walked up the ladder by herself.
Love this boy who loves to play
Raquel found a butterfly!

"going to town"

We flew out with my parents on the 15th of May and spent the next two and a half weeks in town.  We had only planned on one week, but our airstrip got shut down because there was too much pig damage.  No planes were allowed to land until the fence around the airstrip was repaired.  It was a rather frustrating time, since we couldn't do anything to help and had to move around from place to place after that first week, but we know that God had a reason and we worked on being content in all circumstances :)

 The kids surely enjoyed all the treats.  Ice cream was first on their list.

and then susu coklat (chocolate milk:)

We stopped at the beach where General McArthur first landed in this country during WWII.  There are still the remains of three tanks on the beach. 
Dad made a friend:)
My Mom stayed for almost a week after my dad left.  We took a boat ride on the lake one day.

And got to go swimming!

One night we went to a new restaurant.  There was a birthday party going on when we got there and our kids all got a balloon and a piece of cake and got to play on the bouncy castle.
We were so glad to be able to fly back home after moving locations 3 times our last week in town.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The merry merry month of May

May 1st found us in the middle of a two and a half day trip to a small town (but the biggest one close to us) 1/2 an hour flight away from our village.  We needed to renew Gideon's passport and a representative from the US embassy made a visit all the way out here to process paperwork for people like us.  It's necessary for both parents to be present so this saved us a lot of time and money. 

Well May 1st happens to be Raquel's birthday.  She got a couple small gifts, one from us and one that a friend had sent in the day before. I can't believe our sweet little baby girl is 8 years old!

We bought some cream puffs from the bakery in town and stuck a candle in one.
On that trip we acquired a goat.  Miss Molly belonged to a friend who had nursed her back to health after being sick but didn't really want her anymore because she was eating the flowers and such.  We had talked about getting a goat for a while and just went for it.  She is very easy to take care of and Raquel loves her and takes good care of her.
On the 3rd it was this little munchkin's birthday.  Love this sweet 4 year old!
Their actual birthday days were pretty low key because we were waiting for the BIG day.  On May 5th my parents flew in to Dem land!  We had been anticipating their arrival for months and it was so exciting to finally have them here and show them all about our life in Dem.

The first night my mom and I decorated cakes for the next day.
and the next day was party time!
We tried out some face paint that had been sitting in a box for a while

the rest of the 10 days that my parents were here were filled with fun times
hiking to different places

Reading books
visiting with the people
playing games...
all sorts
One night we heard singing from a nearby hut and we went over and sat for a while and listened.  The next day a whole group of people came and told us they were going to sing for us again so there was a little concert in front of our house :)
Can you guess what they're doing?   Dylan and Dad are holding boxes on either side of the closet while mom is holding a broom trying to coax a rat out of it's hiding place.  They caught the rat under the box and got it on to the porch, but it ran out too fast for Dylan to kill it with the shovel. 
Dad helped Dylan take off some boards so they could be planed and placed back closer together because they have shrunk quite a bit since they were first put up.
 Mom and Raquel started a tradition of reading by the river in the afternoons while the boys napped.
We had a movie night while they were here too.  Logan has a projector and about once every two weeks or so we show a Planet earth type movie on projected onto a bed sheet outside our house.  
Donkey riding :)
There are hundreds of other pictures but I'll spare you:) We had a wonderful time. Many many fun memories. We are so thankful that they were able to come and visit our little part of the world. It was sad to see them go, especially for Raquel. My dad left first and my mom stayed out in town with us for about another week. After we said goodbye to her at the airport and got in the car Raquel started sobbing and was just devastated for a few days. She's better now and we're working on being thankful for the time that we had together and being content where we are:)