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
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Thursday, September 17, 2020
|David and the other kids were eager to comfort Marcie when she got home!|
Monday, September 14, 2020
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!
|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
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
|Surf and sand but not much sun! It was pretty perfect!|
|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! 😂|
|Sometimes cousins' trikes are still really fun. 😊|
Monday, June 29, 2020
|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!|
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