Saturday, January 22, 2011

Western Australia

A kind and generous family opened their home for us during our 2 week stint
in Western Australia. It was such a blessing to have our 'own' place.
As you can see, we could easily fit. Thank you!
And we even had a pool. It was wonderful to see Joyce and Ryan again too! We also had a great visit with Henk and Christine Plug who were visiting from Canada, although we must 've been too busy catching up to take any photos that day!
Our now former colleagues, Andrew and Natalie and their girls,
arrived in WA a couple days after we did.
The Mission Board and Consistory of Armadale Church
had a farewell bbq for them to thank them for their years of service in PNG.
We had fun riding the train into Perth one day.
The train also took us over to the beautiful historic town of Fremantle.
Here's Caleb having fun with Kirilee, as per usual!
Here's Jono climbing the Spider Web--
found at every Aussie playground we've ever been to!
This fine couple took us on a ferry ride to gorgeous Rottnest Island.
Thanks again, Len and Viv!
We swam and snorkeled and enjoyed being in this beautiful place.
Jono caught this little (slightly dead) fish!
We then travelled to another beautiful place--Albany!
Cheronne gave Caleb his first haircut there!
We also enjoyed some time at the beach where the VanderHeide girls
were having swimming lessons (brrrrr!).
Ian celebrated his birthday there. After he preached in West Albany in the morning, there was a coffee social and then the group broke out into song. They sang Happy Birthday and 'how old are you now?' (which he did divulge) and "God bless you always". We then had Cheronne and kids (Wayne was still in Perth) and Andrew and Natalie and kids over for dinner at 'our' place.
(We were again blessed by someone who opened her home to us for the weekend. Thank you!)
Here are the kids having fun together before saying goodbye again.

Here's Ian enjoying his birthday present from Hans Vermeulen (Cheronne's father)--an hour tour over Albany's gorgeous coastline! (Ian assured me the flight was stress free even if the pilot seems creased with concern).
And then we drove the 4 hours back to Perth!
Our time in WA flew by and we are now already back on the North-Eastern side of Australia and enjoying our last few days in Cairns before flying back home on Monday. We've got mixed feelings about going back. In some ways we are very ready to be back in our own home again and back to routine. But in other ways we're not sure we're quite ready to face the struggles of life in PNG. Thankfully God goes before us and is always with us and will give us much joy and peace in serving Him there again this year.


George van Popta said...

Looks like you had a nice break in WA. And, happy birthday, Ian! God's blessings as you continue the work in PNG. ~George

Allan said...

Great photos. Makes me jealous! Some day maybe .... God bless you as you continue your work. We'll keep praying.
Allan, Alice and kids

Erica said...

Great to see you all had an enjoyable break. We'll be praying for you as you settle back into life in PNG.
Rod, Erica, Olivia and Devon van der Schaaf (FRC Byford)

Margaret said...

Thanks for posting these pictures on you blog and the wonderful comments. May God bless your work and guide you in all things. Lots of love from Uncle Taco and Aunt Margaret