October 7, 2015
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)
December 14, 2013
(above) The fourth grade girls came to Ellie’s birthday party. Weeks before, Ellie asked me to help her plan the party, so we went online and chose a “Spy” Theme…although I did help her cut and paste clip art and ideas, she did all of the assembling of the invitations, decorations, etc. We agreed on games that wouldn’t take a lot of prep time too. She only needed minimal help to bake her cake (special cake mixes brought from Australia in Sept!) and to put the white icing on. She also did all the placements of the marshmallow fondant decorations. Here’s the rest of the story in her words. –Mandy
Before the party happened I made the cake. The picture shows me making it. On the cake it has a magnifying glass in the middle of it is a foot print.
That’s me! I love making funny faces. My dad and I decorated the haus win (gazebo) mostly with balloons and tablecloths. That’s mainly where the party took place. You can tell that I was really excited.
Here are my friends playing scavenger hunt. That was the first game we played. In this picture there is Amanda, Jasmine, and Alina. And my little brother and sister, Jacob and Jenny Beth.
Here’s me with my team. I wanted to get everyone so there’s more pictures. Right here is Tia, Judy, and me.
Now finally that’s all of them Anna and Rachel.
This was the next game, Murder Mystery. Someone is “it” and she touches someone while everyone is closing their eyes. The person that was just touched winks at people. Those people, or person, has to pretend to die, while the others find out who killed the other. And try not to be killed…
Oh no! I’M DEAD!!!
Next to me is my friend Judy. I read the first clue, so we could find other clues and find the cake. Everyone started charging up the stairs and into my room. Next we went into the living room where we found the last clue. After that we all started running to the place where we met.
After we had cake we started to dance to the music, and when the music stopped, we stopped… but it ended up as a balloon fight! We just started whacking each other with the balloons that were in the haus win. And if you found more balloons then you were lucky. I hope you enjoyed listening to this fun bday Spy Party story.