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, June 19, 2017

We went down to the river to pray and play

There was a baptism last Sunday, the first we've attended. It's neat to see it happening in a real river vs. a baptismal "tub" in church! The kids, of course, enjoyed playing in the river. 


Happy boy!





And away from the river:
It's fun to see what the kids come up with for play using what they find around the house and yard! :)

A boy and his dog - Isaac and "Goose"

A genuine pet here! A python only found on this island, supposedly.



On a hike this past Saturday 


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Quick Quint Clips

We took some photos on Sunday to update you on our big four-and-a-half-year-olds. They're doing well, very busy, talking more and more fluently (and funnily!), making up their own games and make-believe, bossing each other around, and laughing together daily. There's plenty of crying, too, as opinions and body parts collide, but that's to be expected. With this many kids that age in one space, it's inevitable! :)









A tree of Grace
A bucket of Will







Seth insists this is him. :) It's me at his age. Gracie and Will also thought it was Seth.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Jones' Clips - Spirits and Rocks

See the link below for the first edition of our revived series of "Jones' Clips."  The last edition was sent out in the Jones PQ era (pre-quint).  Enjoy!

Jones' Clips - Spirits and Rocks

Monday, April 24, 2017

Keeping Up With The Joneses: April 2017 Newsletter

For those of you who did not receive our April newsletter by email, here is a link to the PDF file.

KUWTJ April 2017

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Not having prepared anything for an Easter egg hunt, and not having any kind of Easter candy in the store, we had Isaac hide the kids' muddy boots in the yard and reward their discovery with portions of the one chocolate candy rabbit that a friend gave us from Australia. Thanks Aunt Nat! These kids didn't know any different!


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Swimming pool fun!

We're so very thankful for new teacher friends, the McCarthys, and for Anita's amazing camera! We need other teachers to come here too, please! We desperately need 2nd and 3rd grade teachers starting in July, plus preschool teachers (you'd get to have the quints!) and teachers for 5th, excepting language arts. There are several needs at the high school, too!

Challenge: Which kids are ours?! From left to right: the first (Gracie), the fifth (David), sixth (Seth), seventh (Marcie) and ninth (Will). Isaac didn't want to be in the photo - I think he knew he'd stand out too much!

Cuddling a cold Seth



Marcie loves soda and all things sweet!



My girls love little baby Lucy. Gracie loved relaxing with her on the lawn.

Will and Elliott (who looks like he could be one of the quints, but isn't)

Marcie anticipating the rain

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Playing in the river

This tussocky stump grows in the middle of the shallow section of the river

Mighty Seth dragging bamboo around (this was just before he finally got his cast off) 
Excited Will

Marcie remains our most water-loving

David and Seth help each other stay upright in the swift water! (There were several of us around to rescue if needed.)

Fascinating sights in PNG from the helicopter and on the ground

These kids are looking at pictures of the quints and our family on Gavin's tablet. Most people in PNG have trouble wrapping their minds around a woman having five babies at once; here, even twins are rare, and triplets are amazing!
The adults are equally as fascinated by quintuplets. In response to their amazement and questions, Gavin gets to share about the goodness of God, ultimately expressed in the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, as THE way to Him.

An outrigger canoe near where Gavin was doing shuttles up into the mountains from the coast.



New and old cultural practices juxtaposed: a modern casket with mud- and ash-covered mourners as pallbearers.

The son of the man who died photographing the event

A baby cassowary is one of the most interesting pieces of cargo Gavin has flown! Its head is sticking out of the box.

Recently the helicopter helped sling supplies for building a footbridge over a river that, meanwhile, was threatening to flood. Our pilots certainly need prayer for wisdom and protection!

This area was so remote there was still some native dress (or rather, near un-dress), with leaves as coverings

PNG bush and timber houses with, again, some "modern" juxtaposition of a chain-link fence. The rainbow is a double one!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

If PNG had a space program . . .

David with his astronaut helmet

Marcie with her astronaut helmet


Will and a friend enjoy their books together

The kids with their name rockets. Thank you, Ms. Debbie and Ms. Laurisha!



Seth should get his cast off on Monday, thank God! It's felt longer than six weeks since he broke his arm, but he's been a trooper about the cast, not complaining at all! 



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

David's first heli flight!

Gavin got to take David with him on a short flight today to pick up a translator from the bush. Both of them loved it!







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

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

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