Christmas In PNG

Christmas here is pretty different than back home. 

First of all, it’s HOT! So much so that the boys have spent most of the past month shirtless.

Their favorite pastime has been playing in the sprinkler, with the water table, and in mud!

Hot days and less rain (also less mosquitos) means more time outside for the boys to be creative. Since Colby is “big now” Finn is happy to include him in all kinds of games.

Finn kept telling me to “pull their train”.

This is the best time of year to get honey! I went with my brother-in-law to help him extract honey from his bee hives. Nothing beats homemade honey!

Finn wanted to do a craft a day! We made paper snowflakes, popsicle stick stars and gingerbread ornaments.

Christmas day came and went and sadly, many of our presents from family were stuck in transit. Thankfully we had a few for each other and Mimi (Alan’s mom) sent a bunch way back in September. That is the nature of life here. I guess we will have a second Christmas in January!

Somehow I managed to find two candy canes so Finn and I could keep our tradition of drinking hot chocolate with candy canes while decorating the Christmas tree.

On Christmas Day, Finn helped Alan and I make a Birthday Cake for Jesus (Finn did Baby Jesus). We sang happy birthday and enjoyed the cake with friends.

We also made LOTS of cookies and gave them to our Guard Dog Security team who looks after us day and night. Our neighbors enjoyed some as well.

Although family is far away we enjoyed a fun Christmas morning with “Aunt” Bethanny. We made our Christmas cinnamon rolls and Finn shared one of his Christmas gifts, face paint, with all of us.

Finn took great joy in decorating our faces.
And we took joy in decorating his!

We had a lovely Christmas this year. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

5 thoughts on “Christmas In PNG

  1. Well, it sounds full and delightful…and WOW! a 2nd Christmas in January?! Who wouldn’t want that?!!! We love y’all and miss you terribly. Here’s wishing and praying you all into the new decade for great health, growth, and gospel living and sharing. 😘❤️

  2. Happy New Year from London. We are getting settled into our house and having fun figuring out public transport. We are still a little jet lagged but we are all doing ok. The boys are getting so big. Thank you for sharing life with us. Much love from our family to yours.

  3. Sounds like a lot of fun! Tell Bethanny we said hello. Maybe she remembers us from when she was here at JAARS in training at IMS.

    Happy New Year and another Christmas in January!

    Mary Alice and Jim

  4. It looks like you had a very warm and loving Christmas, y’all. Those boys are growing so fast! Finn did a great job with the face painting. Merry Christmas to you all and a very productive new year.
    Love, from Georgia

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