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generous globe-hopping grandparents

I am so thankful that my parents were able to visit us for three weeks. They got to do some touristy things – a mumu [pig roast], a graduation with traditional dancers, an outing to Rondon Ridge resort in Mt. Hagen.

Dinner out at the only restaurant in Banz - delicious!

My birthday dinner at the only restaurant in Banz – delicious!

They spent lots of time with their grandchildren.

They graciously learned all kinds of new games

They graciously learned all kinds of new games

Read stories at all times of day and at bedtime

Read stories at all times of day and at bedtime

and walked Annie to and from school every morning, then played in the backyard

took Annie to and from school, then played in the backyard once she was home

Tabitha really loved going on walks with my dad, who would give her time to fill cups with stones and empty them out, squat down and look at bugs, pick up sticks, and all the things that 18-month-olds love to do but I often hurry her through in an effort to get somewhere.

Up! Up!

Up! Up!

More! More! More!

More! More! More!

And my parents spent a whole lot of time helping out with the ordinary tasks in our household, which was such a blessing both when I was overdue and when we had a newborn. My postpartum recovery is going really well because I got to stay in bed for a week!

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washing dishes! sweeping the floor!

Doing the laundry!

Doing the laundry!

Not pictured: making tasty food like samosas and pepperoni pizza, turning on the water pump and checking the valves, climbing on chairs to fix the cables on the satellite dish, helping Annie with her homework, etc.

Of course the number-one thing we had hoped and prayed for was that they would be here when the baby arrived. I had a checkup at 38 weeks where the doctor almost scoffed at the idea the baby would wait that long… and then he was a week late! So he arrived right in the middle of their visit.

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"Can I hold my baby brudder?"

“Can I hold my baby brudder too?”

They even stuffed their luggage full of things for the new baby (plus some treats for the rest of the family!). Relatives and friends sent cloth diaper supplies, sunblock, diaper creams, and more, which they faithfully carried halfway across the world.

In their luggage was a blanket knit by a childhood friend, new swaddle wraps

In their luggage was a blanket knit by a childhood friend, new swaddle wraps

and this entire bassinet, which they also assembled upon arrival!

and this entire bassinet, which they also assembled upon arrival!

Thanks, Mom and Dad, for demonstrating over again what parental love looks like, just when we most needed the reminder.

A father and his children

We’re outnumbered now…

We miss you!!!

This is a true depiction of how Tabitha feels about them leaving

(This is a true depiction of how Tabitha feels about their absence)

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