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

Monday, September 19, 2016

A new little princess, a princess tea party, and more

My darling new niece arrived a little over two weeks ago. Isn't she PRECIOUS and illegally cute??!! Again, this is what makes it hard to be here vs. back in the U.S. (But I wouldn't trade it. This is the best place for our family now.)

The girls were invited to a tea party. (Melody Colbran is amazing!) That's my dear longtime friend Johanna, who's also my neighbor, in the background.

PNG just celebrated its independence day, and these lovely people are my colleagues at the clinic. So glad they were willing to take the time for a colourful celebratory photo!

It's school break over here, and the kids were very bored, so off we went to the pool at the Kainantu Lodge (15 minutes away) with our sweet babysitter and friend Dilu to help.

Marcie is such a little fish! She's swimming with the aid of her life vest.

David and Grace playing a game in the kiddie pool (of all the possible pairings among the quints, this is the happiest and most peaceful).

Johnny and Isaac sure enjoy the pool and are a huge help and ton of fun for the quints - plus their silly games with the little kids make me laugh!

With my friend and Saturday baker of donuts and tortillas, Saiki and her daughter Lois (namesake of Lois Vincent). I need the beautiful PNG ladies that help in our home SOOOOO MUCH! The Lord blesses and provides for our emotional, mental and physical needs so faithfully through them. Their work ethic and conversation also bless me spiritually!

Thank YOU ALL for blessing us, too! 

Love in Christ,

Monday, August 29, 2016

Slices of Life

Click here or go to this address to see "Slices of Life with Gavin" on our organization's website:


It's mostly excerpts from our last newsletter.

Adorable puppy pictures later!

Monday, August 22, 2016

School birthday pics and holding baby Mira

On their actual birthday, the quints' preschool teacher Debbie made them all crowns. So far they don't seem to mind having to share the spotlight on their big day. For their birthday cake at home we sang to each of them separately so they could hear their individual name and blow out a candle without having to "share" the song or candles. 

Birthday King Seth doing his favorite thing: looking at books

Birthday King Will doing crafts with Miss Alice

Birthday Queen Marcie doing play-dough

The "Royal" Siblings

My kids are besotted with this little one and I don't blame them! What a sweetie, so good natured and kind enough to let small kids hold her (with me right there to keep her safe). By the time we thought to take pictures David and the girls had run off to play - this was immediately after church. Will was especially excited, as you can see! Seth was so proud of himself. He looks super complacent, like it's no big deal to handle a baby . . .

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Fourth Birthday Party pics

The kids' birthday isn't until tomorrow (our time), but we celebrated a few days early on Saturday. We had a very low-key bike/trike/skateboard "rink" in our community's Teen Center. The kids had a great time! Gavin and I really enjoyed it too, as did Big Brother Isaac, as you'll see . . . 

HUGE thanks to Aunt Karen Weaver for all the photos, and to Aunt Mandy and Ellie and Deb Barton for cakes/decorating! 

David on the scooter
Gracie (with David and another friend behind her)
Will with his party blow-out
Marcie on a skateboard
Friend Zaria shared her Dora car - a huge hit with a lot of the kids! (Marcie)
Daddy's turn - on the unicycle!

David requested a race car cake

Marcie wanted a Sleeping Beauty cake

Seth's favorite color is green (there was also a pink one for the girls) - creation by Ellie and Mandy
Victoria with Grace and Marcie and the girls' favorite cake by Ellie. It had little yellow birds on it!

Birthday cupcakes and finger puppets as a gift - wow! Seth is delighted and David is watching his candle intently!

Each kid had a "4" candle to blow out. (Will)

Lighting Gracie's candle

Mom and girls: I feel so rich!

Isaac and two of his bros.

He REALLY liked the cake!

Isn't he handsome? His bike is practically a permanent fixture, he rides it so much!

Thanks for coming, friends, and thanks for praying for and caring about these kiddos for over four years now, everyone!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Six kids on a couch (a successful group photo!)

At work and play

Marcie "riding" her imaginary horse. You can see her slapping the reigns.

Getting to draw blood for Gavin's yearly aviation medical certificate checkup. He has good veins, so it was great. :)
(Samantha Burns, I feel like your soul sister now!)

This is David making his "king face" on the chair he decided was a king's throne. What a funny face he thinks kings make! Will just smiles nicely while Marcie laughs at David's impression.

Our little princess Gracie on the "king's throne" (Will climbing on top of the throne behind her)

I LOVE this photo Gavin took out at Aviation! I love my six beautiful, fun, precious kiddos.

Isaac giving Gracie a ride on the dolly

Comments? Plus fun watersliding pictures.

Hi again friends,

I know very few, if any, of you are able to post comments. I started getting some x-rated spam in our comments so shut it off to non-members. However, even members aren't able to post for some reason, and some have said they can't even become members despite following the proper steps. My apologies to you all! I loved the comments you used to post. They were such an encouragement! I'm going to try to fix the settings and just be on the look-out for nasty spam. Let me know if you see any!

Gracie on Aunt Karen's "waterslide"

Marcie and Will


Seth's turn

Aunt Karen is always a good sport with fun ideas. Who would have thought that filling up large bowls with water from the hose could be SUCH fun!?

Gracie's wild abandonment to sheer water-play happiness!

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

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