The last couple of months have been a whirlwind of activity. Jason and I have had increased responsibilities at work which have kept us busy and me silent on this front.
When we're at work, the kids are at school, learning and expanding their minds. Usually, the 3rd and 4th terms of school are the busiest with school projects and papers. For now, D is the one with the increased school load, but it makes sense as he's almost in middle school. Mo has been busy learning her multiplication facts, reading and having increased writing projects. Mal continues her love for reading and math. She's even in a computer class which spurred on conversations of why mom and dad didn't have computer classes in kindergarten! Nothing like having kids to remind you of your increased age!
Back in March, the Primary Campus held its annual "Book Festival". Each year the classes are challenged to read a certain number of hours and there are activities surrounding reading and focused on reading for 2 solid weeks. The finale is "Book Parade" where the kids dress as their favourite book characters.
This year Mo dressed as "Anne of Green Gables" and Mal as one of her favourite kittens in "Kitten Tales". (I'm very thankful during this time of year for a props room that can help with costumes!)
A couple of weeks before "Book Parade" the 6th grade class held a "Living Museum". Each student researched a real person, read their autobiography and then wrote a short summary of what they read. They dressed up as the person they researched and shared their summary in museum form, complete with visitors pushing a "button" to hear the character speak.
D threw himself into this project! He read about "Nate Saint" and did a fantastic job presenting his information. We are so blessed with an awesome school with teachers who really care about our kids.
Easter weekend was a welcomed long weekend. In PNG, the Friday and Monday flanking Easter Sunday are public holidays which gives us a 4 day weekend.
This is the view from my porch. I know...me seeing the sunrise?! It happens more than I'm willing to admit, but it's such a beautiful view that I don't mind!
Easter Saturday we had brunch with 4 other families. The weather wasn't terrific, but the rain didn't stop us from great food, fun times and a pretty competitive badminton tournament!
In the midst of all the craziness the last couple of weeks, we've also had a change in our furlough plans. Our original plan was to stay here til June 2017, putting us at a 4 1/2 year term. We've made the decision to leave at 4 years. This plan coordinates better with the long range planning at aviation. So, this means we'll be back in Texas for Christmas this year and, Lord willing, one year in the US! Our current plan brings us back to PNG in January 2018.
Please pray with us as our craziness will continue. Preparations for furlough can be busy, stressful and full of transition. More on our plans and if we're coming to a city near you soon!