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, April 24, 2017

Keeping Up With The Joneses: April 2017 Newsletter

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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!

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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