This is the blog for Gavin and Carrie Jones and family. We live in Papua New Guinea and are working to see lives transformed by the living Word of God through Bible translation. Gavin is a helicopter pilot. Carrie, who has her degree in Public Health, is the lab supervisor and one of five lab techs at our busy rural clinic. Our son, Isaac, was born in 2004 and our quintuplets, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, and Grace, were born in 2012.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. The you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3:3-6

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Marcie and school update and possible travel plans!

Thank you all for your prayers! Marcie's surgery went very well and she has recovered quite quickly! She still needs pain medication and rest, but she has been far more active than we expected. 

David and the other kids were eager to comfort Marcie when she got home!

The day after our last post, we were notified that the kids were all accepted to the school that we had wanted to put them in when we first came back. (Isaac went there in second grade when the quints were born.)  There was no availability, but now there were space for all of them! They were so excited today to be able to go to school in person and it went very well. We and Marcie thought she was ready to go to school, but she had a bit of a tough day. We will probably keep her home for a few more days to recover, but they all had fun and did well. We are so thankful for this provision!

Also, we have just heard about a  flight next month with the World Food Program from Kuala Lumpur to Papua New Guinea. The people who just made it into PNG with our mission were on a similar charter flight. Please pray that our family could get on this coming flight! There are a lot of other details and issues to work on in preparation for the departure, should it happen.  

Thank you for your love and prayers!

Gavin +7

Monday, September 14, 2020

Prayers for school and Marcie and return to PNG

We are right where God wants us to be, that is clear to us.  There have good opportunities for growth in us as parents, in all of our kids, and in us as a family.  God has us learning more and more about himself and his goodness in trying times and it is good.  

It is hard, though, and we don't like a lot of what is happening.  Yet, learning to live with the joy of the Lord as our strength is what we are called to and are striving for.  

I'm sure many of you can resonate with us and the challenges we are facing with online schooling!  It is beyond frustrating for both of us.  Neither of us are natural elementary level teachers, yet that is what we are doing right now.  We're trying to wade through the mess of online services, logins, connections, meetings, submitting homework digitally, trying to keep six kids focused in the middle of all the distractions of home, etc., etc.

We are at the end of our online-home-schooling rope and we only have a week behind us!  Please pray we find a better option for all!

Also, Marcie is going in early tomorrow morning to have her tonsils and adenoids removed.  We've suspected they were causing problems in various ways for a while, but just recently found that she has sleep apnea, so they recommended the procedure right away.  Please pray for a smooth procedure and good recovery for her!

We continue to plan to return to PNG as soon as we can.  Unfortunately, little has changed as far as international flight options.  The only path is currently through Brisbane and each of those flights is apparently limited by the Australian government to 30 passengers, most of whom end up being first class, since the airlines can make the most money that way.  We pray those limitations will change or that some other international port will open up soon.  

In the meantime, I (Gavin) continue to work for the PNG aviation program remotely, doing some of the tasks on the computer that often get sidelined during the normal work schedule.  

We are all eager to return to our lives in PNG, but know we need to be joyful and open to where God has us now.  Thank you to all for your prayers and support!

With Gavin's parents and brother and family in the California mountains.  This cabin was built in the
1930's by his grandfather and just last week only just missed being burned down.  The origin of the huge "Creek Fire" was only half a mile from where this picture was taken.

Fun with the boys throwing rocks during a hike.

Sibling fun at "The Potholes", one of my favorite spots as a child.  It is all burned now.  I'm so
thankful that I was able to show my kids what it was like before it got scorched!

Friday, August 21, 2020

West Coast fun!


Isaac is really into drawing. This is an old photo of his beautiful Aunt Marlene.

The intrepid Marmi with Gracie, Marcie and David at the cabin in the Sierra Nevada.

Isaac is a fun chauffeur . . . scary, but fun. 

Building a tower of granite

Such a fun swing in front of the cabin!

BB gun delights

Swinging at the swimming hole

Ice cream shakes at the Hungry Hut in Shaver Lake

Happy at the Hungry Hut 

Castle Air Museum

Baby cousin fan club!

Stomp rocket "basketball" with the trash can as the hoop. Thanks, Aunt Laurie!!

Lincoln Logs with Papa, David and Will

Suffering in the sun with a root beer freeze. Thanks, Bob Quall!

Gracie's turn to suffer.

The whole crew

The kids found the train in San Francisco Airport INCREDIBLE. They're pretending to drive, of course.

Such sweet moments sometimes!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

And now they are 8!

We had a wonderful pandemic birthday, unexpectedly Stateside with beloved family and friends! These kids were blessed/spoiled with THREE birthday parties: a small scavenger hunt one planned and hosted by Aunt Pam and Aunt Cynthia, a family only party hosted by my sister (at the house we brought the quints home to from the hospital and lived in for the first two years of their lives!), and a street party for our little neighborhood. The kids have had great little and big friends, and we have the sweetest neighbors.

Cinderella Gracie (even eating on the hearth like the princess she's dressed up as!)

Princess cousins! The theme was clearly blue and purple.

With the neighborhood friends. Such a fun place to live!

PiΓ±ata time! Gracie's turn.

Thankful for a great carport!

Each quint got to choose a small cake to serve.

With their wonderful big brother!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Family vacation - just in time! And a prayer request

We planned a few days in Galveston, hoping the 'Rona (as my brother-in-law calls this virus) would simmer down in time. It did, kind of, but it picked back up again the day after we got there. Thankfully our beach was a great place to socially isolate and no one got sick. 😁

Surf and sand but not much sun! It was pretty perfect!

We're still having fun, and he's still the one! Tomorrow he gets shoulder surgery, which is the prayer request. He has a full-thickness tear in at least one of his rotator-cuff tendons that's been steadily getting worse, following a slow-speed layover of his motorbike in Ukarumpa right as the pandemic started. His healing will take 10-12 weeks with physical therapy.

And now back to our vacation:

Aunt Courtney bought the girls these beautiful matching outfits. πŸ’•πŸ’•

Thumbs up for the biggest and littlest cousins!
(Is Isaac such a teenager or what?? He's the best!)

David got so good at boogie-boarding!

Getting sno cones with Grandpadad

Back to real life: The dentist!

Pajama pals! Even our hair matches! πŸ˜‚

Sometimes cousins' trikes are still really fun. 😊

Monday, June 29, 2020

June fun

My parents' 49th anniversary!
My favorite couple in the world! (Besides Gavin and me, ha-ha!)
The world's cutest sister with the world's best parents!
Silly times at a nice restaurant before COVID got worse here again . . .
No one got infected, but I'm glad their anniversary was early in June and not late!
Visiting Aunt Mickey after church - and Marcie crying because she couldn't hug her! Social distancing is the worst!

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

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