This is the blog for Gavin and Carrie Jones and family. We live in Papua New Guinea and are working to see lives transformed by the living Word of God through Bible translation. Gavin is a helicopter pilot. Carrie, who has her degree in Public Health, is the lab supervisor and one of five lab techs at our busy rural clinic. Our son, Isaac, was born in 2004 and our quintuplets, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, and Grace, were born in 2012.

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

Friday, July 13, 2018

Many Glacier, Glacier National Park

Selfie with my beloved Isaac in the lobby of the Many Glacier Hotel 
My beautiful girls crossing Swiftcurrent Lake in the ferry boat

My handsome men inside the boat

My happy boy hikers! On our way to Grinnell Lake and Glacier. David smiling for the camera, then Will ahead of him, with Seth in front and Marcie on Isaac's shoulders. Gracie was behind with Marmi and Papa, I think. 

The whole family, happy together on a beautifully clear day!

Dad and son - super special times. Isaac has such an amazing attitude about his younger siblings.

The wind was whipping up against the stone wall!

Gavin's turn to be in the photo with Papa snapping it. Isn't the background INCREDIBLE?!

At Grinnell Lake.

On our way back across the lake. Marmi with Will, Marcie and Seth on the front bow of the boat.

The flowers at the hotel were gorgeous. Isaac was a good sport to keep standing in photos for us. :)

Fun in the [COLD!] snow: Glacier National Park

The climate sure changes when you hope a plane and fly far north, then drive deep into the Rocky Mountains!

Camping was an unqualified success, helped hugely by Marmi and Papa keeping two or three kids each night in their cute nearby KOA cabin. The kids loved it!

The kids lined up their camping chairs to sit where they could see Marmi and Papa's approach -
it was nearly a year-and-a-half since they'd seen them last!

Together again! At St. Mary's Lake

Isaac showing off his awesome breakfast sausages, a huge treat after four years in PNG

Big helpers David and Seth bring campfire wood to Daddy, Marcie in the background.
Will and Grace were at Marmi and Papa's cabin that morning.

Breakfast always tastes better out in nature, even when it's just cold cereal.

S'mores! Yummy for David and everyone!
David and Will enjoy the fire and dry cereal

Joy overflowed into group hugs. Seth is very into hugging and having family hugs.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Fun in the [HOT!] sun

Boy oh boy, we hit TX at a terribly hot time! The kids keep saying it's too hot in America. We're spoiled, living in the mountains of PNG! However, we're managing to have a busy, happy time nonetheless. So much excitement! On the whole, the kids have done great. Will is the one who needs the most prayer for ability to transition and feel at ease. His broken collarbone (he fell off of the monkey bars our first week here after four years of climbing monkey bars in PNG with no problems!) only gives him pain when someone jostles him or he falls into something, as happened tonight, but the FIVE crowns he needed on decayed molars really put him over the top! It was quite painful for a few days. The other kids' teeth are fine, but he is prone to cavities - largely because he eats to self-comfort, I think. Life is just a little more upsetting for Will. The lack of cheese pizza tonight was heartbreaking to him, for example. We got him some on the way to where we were having a supper snack, so it all turned out okay. :)

A picture from the zoo last week, thanks to our lovely babysitter Naomi from when the kids were little bitty! More to come, but it's bedtime now.

Love and gratitude!

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

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

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