But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Papua New Guinean Independence Day celebration

 Gavin had to fly all day today (a good thing for him), so our friends kindly had us over for a pancake breakfast and "swim" party. Thanks, Careys!

Left to right: Will, Marcie, Seth, Gracie, David (Isaac was indoors playing Wii with his buddy)

Nothing says "freedom" like a naked bucket bath: Seth

Marcie loves her bucket bath. Isaac used to too when he was her age!
Will fits a little more snugly than the other babies did. :)

Ring Around the Rosy

All fall down!!


Two+ weeks worth of pictures (round 1)

Trying on her buddy's cap
Peeping through the Poinsettia

Trampoline Batman joy!

Gracie thinks Will is hilarious hiding in the box

Gracie loves "Round and Round the Garden" and plays it on her own hand

Marcie being a big helper . . .
. . . until she discovered the cars with Will

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gavin's Grandma in Glory

Our beloved Murmps went peacefully Home yesterday (6:00 a.m. Saturday California time). Today during our worship time at church Gavin and I were so moved we could hardly sing, knowing that she is with her Lord and Savior, worshiping at the same throne about which we were singing. It seemed more real than ever to me - this One True God we are singing about and praising - because someone we love dearly is there right now beholding His glorious face and adoring Him.

We sent Murmps a bouquet, knowing her time was fast approaching and saddened we couldn't be there to say goodbye, and I chose the brightest bunch of flowers I could find. No muted Fall colors for her! She was READY and happy to go, so we wanted to keep it as cheery as possible. Well, the bouquet didn't arrive in time, but it doesn't matter because she is seeing things so much more infinitely beautiful. I had to chuckle, though, that the name of the bouquet was "This is Your Day!" It was to be delivered the very day that she went to Heaven. It really was her day of days!!

With Gracie Summer 2013

With Gracie, Isaac holding Seth, and me

Giving my darling niece Mari a ride on her walker. Gavin's mom, Marmi/Marcia, is on the left. As my girlfriend said today, "She'll [Marcia] get two crowns in Heaven!" As difficult and draining as these past few months have been, I know Mom and the rest of Murmps's loving family considered it a huge blessing and privilege to walk this road alongside her. She finished her race well.   

2 Timothy 4:7-8 New International Version (NIV)

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

 A song Murmps chose for her funeral and which the whole family sang at her bedside just a couple of nights before she died:

Because He Lives by Bill Gaither

God sent his son; they called him Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon;
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives

Because he lives I can face tomorrow.
Because he lives all fear is gone.
Because I know he holds the future;
And life is worth the living just because he lives

(Verse 3)
And then one day I'll cross the river;
I'll fight life's final war with pain;
And then as death gives way to victory,
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know he lives

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Picture of Isaac at the babies' age (approximately)

This was taken here in Papua New Guinea on the coast where we were doing our initial language and culture training/immersion in mid-2005. Doesn't Isaac look like a blond version of Will? He's the one looking at the camera. The other baby in the picture is Jono, whose family we just visited in Lae last week! Such fun memories! And we're still good friends (albeit VERY long distance with poor communication because I am me) with the lady in the photo and her hubby and family. We love you all! Such fun memories. :)

Still alive and WELL in PNG!

Sorry it's been a week-and-a-half since I last posted! Life has been busier than ever, but mostly in a good way. I had a day in bed with illness (tummy bug), and Gavin and I had to make an "emergency" trip to the port city of Lae to help receive our sea freight shipment (there was slight hitch, but all turned out well); otherwise things are going along beautifully if somewhat chaotically. Case in point: Marcie is sitting on the counter where I am typing this while standing, and Seth is clinging to my shirt from behind, standing on a chair and whining to get up on the counter too. Marcie is happily sucking the rest of the ice in my iced coffee. Seth is now barking at the dog. And whining again. The other kids are watching a show on airplanes, which means I have approximately 5 minutes in which to post!! 

In the past couple of days we've been happily unpacking part of our shipment. It's SO nice to have our stuff out in our new house! And I got to put really cute new clothes on the girls today. Life is fun with some new stuff that doesn't smell mildewy or old, but I realize it will just be a matter of time before everything reaches that stage - and that's okay, because it's the smell of home! We love it here. (But in the meantime, I'm going to enjoy the "new smell" of our new blanket on our bed.) Thanks to everyone who sent us items from our Amazon.com wish list and who made/bought beautiful things for our babies and for us since even before their birth. It's like receiving your gifts - quilts, blankets, shoes, clothes, toys, etc. - all over again!

We are so, so, so grateful for good health. We have had weeks of no ill health for the babies, and Seth hasn't had any breathing problems at all even though it's been really dry, smokey and dusty. It was so smokey today with all the local burning that Gavin couldn't even see across the Frisbee field at times during his game! When I took my new white towels off the line there was visible ash on them. Oh well.

I'd better go because the kids are falling apart and their poor daddy has his hands more than full.

Thanks and love to all of you who care and pray!

P.S. Please keep praying for Gavin's grandma, Murmps, that the Lord would take her peacefully and joyfully home with minimal pain or discomfort if He's willing. Thank God she got to meet her newest great grandson, Eli (our new nephew, Gavin's sister's baby). Also please pray for my poor sick sister who is still vomiting so badly her tummy hurts! She's already into her 3rd trimester.

P.P.S. Thanks for all your comments! I love them! I read them but can't usually take the time to respond. I've had some Internet connectivity problems or this post would have been posted days ago.

This cracks me up because I was a My Little Pony maniac as a kid, and now my boys (and girls) are enjoying them at the Weavers'!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Reading to quints, Princesses, fun with Isaac, and strange "jewelry"

Will, Marcie, Gracie, Seth and David (the day their 2-year-old portraits were taken - three still have their outfits on!)

This book used to be Isaac's favorite (about airplanes) so I pretty much have it memorized. Every time the boys find it they ask for it, or they'll ask for it sight unseen because they love it so much!

Birthday gifts from Marmi and Papa!

Isaac with Will and Seth - who is reading a book the whole time he's being wheeled around. So cute!

Marcie thought this would be a beautiful "pretty" (i.e. jewelry). It's two long curtain-hanging springs!
The girls in darling strawberry outfits from Aunt Krista and Uncle Todd. They love to wear the bows on their heads now.

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones