When Ben asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday, I replied, “I really want to go to Kainantu with the whole family for shopping and lunch.” I know that on my birthday, I can pretty much get whatever I want, for reals. He took time off work, and off we went….
This is the view from the centre owned van we rented for the day. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the nearest town. I didn’t take any pictures IN the store or at the open air market because it takes all my concentration to figure out what I want & need.
This was taken in front of my favorite store in town, called Papindos. It has a lot of South East Asian food items that I love to stock up on!
My most favorite people in the world…this is the first time we’ve ‘eaten out’ together since July.
The restaurant has a cockatoo (we call it koki in Tok Pisin) and some tree kangaroos, which our kids had fun looking at. (Pictures by Josiah)
On top of the trip away, Ben and the kids let me sleep in late that morning, tidied up the house, and filled my counter and table with flowers from our garden. I realize that I don’t need a lot to make me happy…just my kids and husband and a fun day out together. The last couple of weeks have been rough for various reasons (external stressors) but this was an escape from all of that. *Best Birthday Ever!*
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)