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

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Watersliding at the birthday party

Thanks to Aunt/Mrs. Debbie (the kids' teacher last year and Friday-morning-hero our first year here) for being our photographer!

The kids wanted a helping hand at the beginning but got progressively more brave. Here Will looks on with some concern. He never actually did the slide; he preferred his water shooters from Grandpadad (below)
Spraying Isaac's friend Matthew
Marcie with friend Dilu (thank God for young legs!)
Gracie and Dilu
A cold Gracie clad in her new birthday dress

Mom and Seth

David and Mom

Will being hauled happily down the hill to home

Marcie goes it alone!

Dad is going a bit too fast for David's taste!
David is still slightly nervous, but at least he has his umbrella along for the ride (I'm not sure why he wanted it to go down the slide with them, but it's his party and he can ride how he wants to!)

Glamorous Grace with the dress and sunglasses she'd just opened as gifts. 

Gavin is a good sport, making his daughters very happy :)
Marcie chose to hold her own umbrella rather than asking Daddy to

Seth was the bravest boy on the waterslide!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

More 5th birthday photos

School birthday "royalty" - Seth has blue frosting on his mouth, and you can see the pink frosting from the girls' cupcakes on the cement in front of Will

Opening presents

Waiting for the party to start! Unfortunately, our bright sunny day turned cold and overcast and windy. We couldn't even light the candles on the cake! But the kids enjoyed showing off their new umbrellas. 

My dad had these shirts made for the kids with their names on the front. The backs of their shirts read: Princess Marcie, Mighty Seth, Princess Gracie, Dynamic David, and Will Da' Beast :) (As our most physical child, the name suits!)
Helping slow Marcie down her first couple of times; afterwards she went as fast as she could by herself!

The cake I made (unprofessional but fun!)

Pretty girls and their pretty presents!

Wearing new dinosaur sweatshirts from Aunt Mickey - perfect after a cold afternoon water sliding and a warm bath!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The five are FIVE!

One exhausted but happy family praising God for five amazing years of His faithfulness:

More pictures to come when we've regained our strength and energy. It's been a FULL day!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Jones family goes Down Under

After three years in PNG we decided it was time to be brave enough to take the whole family on an airplane again. They did GREAT, for which we thank and praise God! We’re so blessed to live so close to Australia, especially the far north tip of Queensland. We're extra super blessed that my parents joined us there! We’re also much more encouraged/confident about heading back to the US next summer for a year spent visiting friends, family, churches and getting recurrency helicopter training for Gavin. The kids did such a good job traveling!

Things the quints loved about the First World (in no particular order):

Riding on airplanes (which included riding escalators - Gracie says that was her favorite thing to do in Australia):
At our airport here in Ukarumpa (an arriving plane was exciting as we waited for our own to be ready for departure)
Left to right: Seth, Will, Marcie, David on Isaac's shoulders, Gracie
Seth on our mission's airplane (a Kodiak single engine turboprop)

Reading to the kids at the airport in Port Moresby as Gavin fills out paperwork: Gracie, Will, Seth, David, Marcie
Marcie and Gracie on the brief flight to Australia
Their grandparents (who met us at the airport in Cairns)!
Me hugging my dad, Gracie, Marcie looking on, David in foreground, Seth also watching the hug, Will, my mom, Isaac.

Grandma cuddling Seth and Gracie in the morning

POOLS (this one was heated as June/July is the Australian winter)!

Running on bridges and raised walkways, although the kids were at least willing to stop briefly for a photo, although Seth doesn't look thrilled with the idea.
At the Curtain Fig near Yungaburra on the Atherton Tablelands above Cairns

Ice cream - LOTS of flavors!

At the ice cream counter at Gallo Dairyland on the Tablelands

Cows - feeding them and watching them get milked
Marcie with a baby calf she fed

All six visiting with the cows waiting to be milked (look how tall Isaac is!): Seth, Gracie, Will, Marcie, David

Play Places and "bubble slushies" (frozen sodas) at MACDONALD'S!! Yes, I have to put it in all caps. :) I took the quints by myself one day for lunch and had a [very busy] blast! I'm looking forward to the First World for things like this!

Awesome parks
Seth with Marcie and Will above him in the "spider web"
at Muddy's Playground on the Esplanade in Cairns
Seth and Marcie at top, Will coming up below
(Seth is our biggest climber, he who needed physical
and occupational therapy at one time! Praise God)


Making "sand angles" while Gavin takes a picture (below)

Left to right: Gracie, Seth, Will, David, Marcie

An impromptu visit during a trip up the coast to Port Douglas - Will, Seth in my arms, Marcie

 (9) Mommy's, Grandpadad's and Grandmommy's favorite part of the Australian First World: All the fabulous COFFEE we could drink TOGETHER!
A funny sign in the children's area of a local restaurant
 MANY more photos to follow! You'll get sick of hearing from us. :)


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Jones' Clips - August 2017

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

An explanation

When I post a picture to Facebook, for some reason, the automatic blog post that is generated does not add the comments, so I'm guessing the pictures from a couple days ago may have been a bit disturbing.

I (Gavin) turned 40 on Saturday, so we had a party which we called "Gavin's Geezer Gathering," and asked all the guests to dress as older individuals, how we might see ourselves in 40 more years.  It was a fun time of playing Bingo and having races with walkers and eating lots of food.

I felt Carrie overdid the "oldifying" with her makeup, finding it quite disturbing, but convincing.

While it was just a fun time, it made us think of 2 Corinthians 4:16-18:

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

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

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

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