My (Sarah’s) parents were able to come for three weeks this Christmas break!! It was so great having them here for the holidays. They were able to really experience what our lives are like here in PNG and it was great to see their reactions to things. We kept them busy by taking them to the local town, Kainantu, to go to the market. We also went to distribute Bibles to a remote village on top of a nearby mountain, as well as shared a traditional meal called a “Mumu” with a Papua New Guinean friend, Mama Carol and her family. One of the highlights for my Dad and Evan was getting to go to a Bible Dedication on Christmas Eve! But more on that later. One of the highlights for me was just being able to spend time with them and do my new “normal” life with them. My Dad got very experienced doing laundry and hanging it up every day (and taking them down quickly before it rains). My mom also got to cook a lot from scratch and do dishes, which takes up a lot of my time here…so I was SO thankful for that. After Christmas we all took a trip down to Madang on the coast and enjoyed the beach for a couple of days before my parents left. Funny story about going down to Madang-It was the bumpiest ride my parents had EVER experienced…5 hours of it and my mom was wearing her pedometer the whole time which calculated every bump…11,800 bumps later and we were in Madang! Ha. Thats PNG roads for ya.
It was really great having them here to experience PNG and live life with us for 3 weeks. I miss them so much, but I am glad that we got to spend that quality time with them. It will be hard to go back to normal life again! Here are a few pictures from their trip.
Weighing on the scale in order to get on their flight to Ukarumpa!
Our drive out to distribute Bibles
A traditional meal, or “Mumu” steamed under rocks in the ground
They loved their Tim Tams! A chocolate cookie thats especially good with a hot drink.
Mom and I making home made pizza.
We played lots of games!
Mom and her baking on Christmas…Dad couldn’t resist!
Christmas Day selfie!
On the trip down to Madang.
It was great to eat at restaurants and act like tourists!
Well we made it to our guesthouse in Cairns! We had a great flight, and were able to sleep which was such a blessing. We were able to get through customs without a hitch and God continued to provide through little things, like providing a free cart when we had to walk a long way, or nice people on the plane to talk to and show us where to go. We are so thankful for all of your prayers…they are constantly being answered in such cool ways! Here are some pictures from our first few hours in Cairns. It is so beautiful here, and the weather is amazing.
The lobby of the guesthouse
Hanging out at the Cafe down the hill…and the pool!
Last weekend we got to go to Seattle to visit some of our best friends and participate in their wedding. Sarah photographed the entire event and Evan was one of the groomsmen. It was so fun getting to spend time with our friends on their special day and getting to tour around Seattle. Photos courtesy of Lindsey and Sarah’s cell phone!
Evan & I with Mr. & Mrs. Craddock on the day after they were married!
At the first Starbucks in Seattle!
Our group touring the Falls
Lindsey and I at the gum wall in Seattle, and Alki Beach below
Evan & I at the wedding
June was such a whirlwind for us. We spent the month traveling and raising the rest of our money that I haven’t had a chance to post much on here! I wanted to share some pictures from our travels, and in 1 months time expect more! Pray for us as we close in on this time of packing and saying our goodbyes.
We were able to share this awesome trip with Sarah’s parents.
I couldn’t get enough of these mountains!
This is what it took to get that last shot of the beautiful sunset. Too many mosquitos!
See that little dot right there on the trail? Thats Sarah’s parents!
Top of the mountain!
Top of Pike’s Peak!
Stay tuned for pictures from Seattle!
Arizona Road Trip from Sarah Halferty on Vimeo.
Last week we visited Tucson, Arizona. The place where Evan grew up. It was so great getting to see where he used to hang out, meeting all his old friends and seeing his old house. I had never been out West-and let me tell you, it is definitely very different from Texas! Here are a few photos from our trip, a a video with our new GoPro camera!