Saturday, February 27, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
two crates to ship home. All the stuff that helps make us feel at home is
going back to where it came from...and we'll be following close behind it!
Now we have the challenge of fitting the rest into 8 suitcases. Do you
think we can do it? :) Last night Andrew took the boys on their last
motorcycle ride on the faithful Honda. We sold the bike - didn't take long
and we're thankful it sold so quickly. This weekend we're heading up to
Ukarumpa to say our last farewells to our dear friends who have become like
family to us here in PNG.
40 more days....
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I'd give you all a heads up. We've been Pidginized. Here are some words you
may or may not hear Bill and Snax Beef say (we do on a daily basis):
1. kakaruk - chicken
2. balus - airplane
3. bagarap - broken, ruined
4. rubbish - garbage
5. kros - upset, angry
6. pipia - litter, garbage
7. bikpela - big
8. oloman! - oh man!, wow!
9. plenti tumas - way too much
10. pekpek - poop
11. rait man! - good man!, way to go!
12. salwara - ocean
13. abus - meat, animal
14. nogut tru - literal translation, no good true - equivalent in English
would be 'a whole lot', or 'an awful lot'
15. pastaim - first
16. lukim yu bihain - see you later
17. kisim kol win - catch the cool breeze
18. kaikai - food, verb to eat
19. pulap - full
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
snowing. I was scared to drive, so my Mom drove me to Co-op. We got out of
the car into knee deep snow. The wind was howling and it was frightfully
cold, but I enjoyed it. We made our way into Co-op. I was overwhelmed by
the selection. I didn't know where to start. In the freezer section they
had bags of Saskatoon berries frozen in these Canada Post bags. I stood
there for a long time looking at them, contemplating whether I should buy a
bag or not. I thought Bill and Beef Snax were really enjoy them. I decided
against it. I figured my Mom would have some in the freezer that she'd be
willing to share. I walked the isles of Co-op in complete awe, fighting
back tears. Then suddenly I whispered to my Mom, "Let's get outta here and
go to Superstore." Then I woke up.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
weeks have been a bit of a rough patch for me. Definitely. I don't know if
you've ever felt homesickness, but it's a sickness that doesn't have a
remedy...other than going home. Other than homesickness I've been feeling
just kinda discouraged and unmotivated. A dear friend of mine knew I was
down and suggested that I write down something sweet every day. It can be
something that the Lord showed me or something that lifted my spirit. This
has been so helpful and it helps me keep positive when things are tough
going. Throughout the day I'm finding myself looking for that 'sweet
thing'. I thought I'd share my list thus far...maybe it'll encourage
someone. Sometimes it's the little things in life that are the sweetest.
Jan 29 - God gave me the verse Is 44:1-4 and it hit a deep spot in my heart
Jan 30 - Verse from Dad Matt 19:29 - a promise to hold on to
Jan 31 - snorkeling with W & J and seeing some tropical fish...and a sea
Feb 1 - 2nd hand shopping with my new Swiss girlfriends
Feb 2 - Helping the kid at the checkout that didn't have enough to buy his
packet of Beef Snax.