Baby Rowen has arrived!

13265973_10208489783055133_1644048410854290157_nFor those of you who have not heard, Rowen Eugene Halferty arrived at 10:53 p.m. on Wednesday evening, May 25.  After a hard and long labor and delivery, Rowen made his entrance into this world.  As parents we were so excited to welcome him along with our family and many friends!  After two days in the hospital we brought Rowen home.  The highs and lows of parenthood became very real that same night around midnight.  While feeding, Rowen stopped breathing and had what we later found out to be a seizure.  Rowen was rushed by ambulance to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.  Baby Rowen was admitted into the NICU and we stayed one week there with him as they ran tests and monitored him closely to determine what had caused him to stop breathing and have these seizures.  He was diagnosed with epilepsy and has been put on medicine to control the seizures. Through all of this God has been faithful to answer prayer for Rowen from people all around the world.

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After the hardest two weeks of my life I am so thankful for this little guy. Motherhood is incredible. I literally went in to survival mode in the hospital; not thinking of myself but only of him. Nothing was harder than seeing him hooked up to all of those machines while he was in the hospital…even living in the jungles of Papua New Guinea! I’ve never held a baby who instantly calms when on my chest and just wants to cuddle and stare at me all day. I am just so thankful that he’s home in my arms this morning. Praising God for His divine interventions in our lives!

Through all of the past months of pregnancy and especially the past two weeks we have experienced God’s faithfulness through some very difficult times.  Thank you for being so faithful to pray for us.  We need your partnership and are very grateful you share in our journey with us.  We ask that you continue to pray for us as we adjust to being parents of a newborn and learn more about God’s faithfulness through the difficult things of life as well as the incredible experiences.

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Village Living-Family Pictures {Part 2}

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Living in the village was one of the best times and hardest times in our lives. We loved getting to know our village family, and the hospitality that they offered us was amazing. They let us stay in their brother’s home for 5 weeks, took us places, taught us the language and how they lived and basically looked after us for all of that time. We became very close with the village of Lalok 5. One of my greatest memories was when I got to take pictures of each of the families that made up the one big family line of Lalok 5. They had never gotten their picture taken before, but just like American families (who usually have their picture taken annually) they were nervous about what to wear, where to stand and getting all of the family together in one place at the allotted time. I loved being able to give this gift to them, because as you all know family pictures can be the most precious item that we can own. Can you imagine not having these precious items, ever taken, in your entire life?

Papua New Guinea, Village, FamilyMalfun and his family. Malfun (pronounced “Malpone”, shown here in the Papua New Guinean flag shirt) was the uncle of the family in Lalok 5. He had a hat for every day we were there and was one of the nicest dressers around :) Him and his wife were the most resourceful people of Lalok 5 and sold produce from their garden at the market everyday. Many days Malfun’s wife would leave in the dark and come home in the dark to go sell things at market. Malfun was a fisherman and was out on the water most days looking for fish to feed his family. They had five kids, and we got to be great friends with their oldest two kids, Lesli and Moses (in the back). Moses at age 13 was in first grade and Lesli at age 11 was in kindergarden. Malfun and our waspapa made and taught Evan how to make a traditional drum, the kundu.

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The next house over was Lacie’s house. She lived there with her 90 year old mother, and 3 children. Her oldest son, Nathan lived in the “House Boy” where many of the young single men lived. Lacie was one of my best friends in the village. She is always known to have a story to tell you about what is going on in the villages around her. She is also the women’s ministry leader at the church. Her 90 year old mother, Mata, was the first of the line of Lalok 5, and lived through WW2. Stennis, her youngest (in the PNG flag clothes) was one of my favorite little boys. He had bright blonde hair (that unfortunately he shaved off for this picture) and a real gift for art. Eddie, the older boy in the back was always playing jokes on Evan. We definitely had a special place in our hearts for this family.

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The “big man” or the leader of the village lived in the house on the corner with most of his older kids and grandchildren. We all called him “Booboo” which means grandfather in Tok Pisin. He was the Father of our waspapa and had 7 children. Most of the children were still in the village. Our favorite little girl, Diane (seen on the bottom right) lived here with her mom, Angela. We had a special place in our hearts for this sassy little girl and wish we could’ve taken her home! Because both of these young moms had children without fathers our was papa, Pedro has adopted these girls. So when Angela and Wali get married they will have to leave their children with our host family because it is not culturally appropriate to have “stepchildren”.

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Borat and his family kindly gave us their house while we stayed in the village, and they stayed with Booboo, or the grandpa of the village. Borat was called “man bilong hookim pis” or the man who hooks all of the fish. He loved to go fishing. And on many occasions he took Evan along with him. We knew when Borat came over, we would always have a yummy meal of fish. Borat had 5 children and 1 adopted boy.

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Justin’s Graduation

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Last weekend we celebrated Evan’s brother, Justin’s Master’s graduation. It was so great being able to see him walk across the stage. He graduated with his MBA and already has a job at Enterprise in management and an apartment in downtown Dallas-we are so proud of him! We had such a blast with family this weekend that were in town for the graduation, and were able to spend lots of quality time with them.

We are so proud of you Justin, and will forever be the 3 amigos!

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Family Pictures-Mothers Day

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This weekend we had the pleasure of getting family pictures done with both Evan and I’s families. It was such a great weekend to celebrate our moms and capture these moments in our lives before we leave. A huge thank you to Sarah Rizy with Lightly Photography for capturing these great images and helping us cherish these moments before we leave. As many of you know the hardest thing about leaving to PNG has been to leave our families behind. We are so close to them and rarely go a week without seeing them both. We’ve also had such luck that when we got married both of our families got along really well. We always do holidays together, and they are there to help eachother out when the other one needs it. We are so thankful for that. That is why we wanted to take pictures with everyone together to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Here are some of my favorites from the session…

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Evan, his brother Justin and his grandma

Iowa & Oklahoma

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Where have we been?! I know its been way too long since our last post. I know you are just dying to hear what the Halfertys have been up to. Well we just got back from a trip to visit all of our grandparents and family in Iowa and Oklahoma. We started off in Iowa visiting all of Evan’s grandparents and aunts and uncles. We spoke at First Baptist Fort Madison and had a great time with Evan’s family!

Evan's Grandpa Ron and Great Grammy

Evan’s Grandpa Ron and Great Grammy

Iowa2013_002After time there we were off to Oklahoma and saw Sarah’s grandparents in Tulsa, and then went down to Paul’s Valley and spoke at First Baptist Paul’s Valley. Sarah’s cousin, Kenny is the pastor at First Baptist Paul’s Valley and it was great to see him and the response from the church was amazing! Here are some photos…

Sarah & Grandparents

Sarah & Grandparents

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Spoke at Paul’s Valley Baptist Church

Sarah's cousin dressed as a Papua New Guinean!

Sarah’s cousin dressed as a Papua New Guinean!

 

Sarah took photos for Evan's aunt and uncle's family

Sarah took photos for Evan’s aunt and uncle’s family

Evan's cousin. How cute is she?

Evan’s cousin. How cute is she?

Through this trip we raised 10% which brings our total to 90% of our monthly budget! We only have $395 left to raise, would you consider partnering with us?

 

 

 

The Bunyards {Our Thanksgiving Family Photo}

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We had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week with my Dad’s side of the family up in Oklahoma. We hadn’t gotten to get together for a holiday in a long time so it was great to share our Thanksgiving with them. We played games, shopped Black Friday sales and watched lots of football. My Grandpa also celebrated his 80th birthday with us. Here are a few of my favorites.

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And the one who started it all, my Paw-Paw.