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 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)

Beaches!

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. :)

Gratefully,
Carrie


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

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

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