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

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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