But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Seth update and clarification

Hi all,

Regarding the last few photo-only posts of Seth: Sorry, I didn't realize when we posted to Facebook the explanations of the pictures didn't post over here. Clearly, Seth broke his arm. He was trying to jump from one piece of furniture to another (it was a rainy day, so he couldn't play outside) and fell on the floor with all his weight on that poor arm, consequently partially breaking both his ulna and radius. He was in a lot of pain! Our amazing Clinic staff cheerfully left their suppers to medicate and fix him up (but not before ol' Mom shed a few tears of sympathy), x-raying and setting his arm prior to putting on a splint. Yesterday he upgraded to a  real cast, which will be on him for six weeks. He's still in some pain and has to be regularly dosed with ibuprofen, but he's a champ!

Pictures from yesterday, when he had his splint removed and cast put on:

And a few bonus pics:

The kids (on the fence) welcoming back the Crosland family, with Isaac standing to their left.

Superkids! Gracie, Will and David trying out their poses (and playing in the sandbox. Super Heroes need downtime too, apparently.):

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Better now

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Sweet sisters, brothers, and Marmi

The girls were still in their church clothes when Karen took these photos. They still say they are best friends!

The boys enjoying a book together. You can see I cut their hair SHORT with my clippers!
Giving Marmi their birthday cards for her (made at Aunt Karen's)
Marmi with all her PNG grandkids

Monday, January 23, 2017


Marmi and Papa - Gavin's parents, for those who aren't regular followers - and our nephew/cousin Ethan arrived for a few weeks' visit! (They've been here since Dec. 31, but some Internet connection issues have prevented me from posting as soon as I would have liked.) Ethan already left again, but we sure enjoyed our time with him here! He's a super great big 15-year-old young man, a pleasure and blessing to have around! We miss him! Thankfully, Marmi and Papa get to stay a few more weeks.

Marmi and Gracie
Papa helping Seth on the monkey bars
Marmi helping Seth with Gracie climbing up

Will's turn
Gracie's turn

Ethan and Isaac experiencing the true missionary kid life - bicycles and MUD during rainy season! 

The boys went scuba-diving! Ethan is already certified, and it would be a crying shame to miss a chance to dive while in the Pacific, right? There are some incredible reefs around us! (We traveled to the coastal city of Madang for a few days to get this fab activity in.)

Left to right: Ethan, Isaac, Papa and Gavin (I know, twins, right?!)

Ethan and Isaac contemplate the shore and bay

Ethan about to go in!

Celebrating some awesome dives with some awesome food at a restaurant on the water

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

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

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