First of all is school. Emma has gone from 1st grade at Mullenix Elementary School to 1st grade at MK school. It has been a little bit of adjustment as there are fewer kids and different curriculum, but Emma has been handling like a champ! She has really enjoyed having prayer time and Bible study as part of her school day and she LOVES getting out at noon on Fridays. I, on the other hand, am not used to this change in schedule and am often met with, "Mom, why are you making my lunch? It's Friday!"
|Emma at her desk|
|Good-bye party for one of the Tutors from the Swiss Mission|
|Aunt Kathy and the music class|
For Easter the MK school had a little party to celebrate the incredible gift of salvation and the unfathomable grace of God. Of course there was an egg hunt as well, but this being PNG the kids used bilams instead of baskets. After the egg hunt the kids delivered eggs filled with gifts to the children staying at the hospital.
|Emma passing out Easter eggs at the Hospital|
|Ethan looking for eggs to put in his bilam|
Lexi has really come into her own here, with several new friends around her age that give us opportunities for play dates and the chance to spread her wings without always having big sister around. She has to run to the window or door to say "hi" to everyone who walks past our house and often invites people over for dinner without checking with us first! She has really enjoyed being able to visit Uncle Bill's garden across the drive to have her fill of cherry tomatoes & berries. She also has taken full advantage of the Cherry Guava tree next to the house. If we can't find Lexi, chances are she is high up in the tree in our front yard pretending she is a monkey!
|Rain Bugs! (Olivia and Lexi)|
|this girl has had mud on at least one part of her body since we arrived!!!|
|A feat of engineering...building a dam to create a swimming hole in the river|
|The boy has always loved water!|
Here is a picture of Ethan and one of his new friends in the Maintenance department. Apa was supposed to be mowing the grass in the park down the road, but my kids were a little bit of a distraction!
One afternoon the Dooley girls were up for a visit so they decided to build a fort under the guava tree. Lucky for them Randy was clearing out the banana grove so there was plenty of available building materials.
|Banana leaf fort under the guava tree.|
|The 3 Kudjip Emmas|
|Emma, Lexi, Uncle Jordan & Ethan|
We were told that the neighbors were complaining that it was too quiet after the Riggins family with their 3 small boys moved out, have no fear neighbors...the Goossens Kids are here! For better or worse the neighborhood will never be the same :)