We were able to travel to the US for Thanksgiving. We jammed the days full of seeing friends and family in various places around the country, starting with Rebecca’s family.
Then we journeyed south to spent time with Brandon’s family as well.
Not only did we visit grandparents, we also saw godparents:
And of course, we gave presentations on our life and work in PNG.
Eventually, thankful for all the people we love, but tired of living out of our suitcases, we journeyed back to PNG.
Pro Tip: The bassinet seat is fantastic. I just wish they weren’t limited to long haul flights and that there was one on every airplane.
We returned in time to celebrate Christmas in PNG for the first time. The focus in our community was really on the church services and the Christian meaning of the holiday. (However, we didn’t really feel like we had done Advent that penitently; it had been filled with visiting and feasting, which normally belongs to Christmas!) We celebrated Christmas Eve in Banz, the next parish over:
We went to our home parish in Fatima the next morning, before having Christmas dinner with our friends at Christian Leaders’ Training College.
On new year’s eve we ate chinese food and played boardgames, late enough that we could hear the bells ringing, people shouting, and fireworks going off in different parts of the valley. However, none of the watches were synchronized, so bells and cries came from different areas several minutes apart!
Our holidays were merry, blessed, and bright! We hope yours were as well.