The rest of the month of July passed in a blur. On July 31st I celebrated my birthday and that very same day we got our puppy Zeus. He’s already a lot bigger than in the photos. It’s kinda too bad they get big because they are so cute when they’re little! If someone could produce a puppy that never grew up they’d hit the motherload… So the next few weeks also passed in a blur of puppy training. Rather felt like we had a toddler in the house again. Except that after the first couple nights of whining, he starting sleeping through the night without a peep. Whew…
The day after my birthday we had a lunch with our women national workers. They surprised me with a beautiful cake and a balloon full of sweet notes from them.
Then came August. Before school started we took the kids to Jayapura for the day just for fun. The new mall there has such wonders as J Co donuts and a sparkling new Apple store (for real!), and a grocery store that sells dog treats (until they run out) and even zucchini (when they have it in stock). We got a few school supplies, some runners and had a nice lunch out.
Then came the first day of school. I’m pretty sure none of them was super thrilled about going back. But now that school has been in session for a few weeks, they are back into the routine. The school has been blessed with a great staff this year and we’re excited for the kids to learn with them. Mikah’s in grade 10, Christiaan is in his last year of middle school, grade 8, Aidan is in grade 7, Marc is in grade 4, and Brynne is in grade 3.
I’ve started teaching English twice a week at Papua Harapan school. I’m teaching half of grade one and half of grade two. It’s been a challenge as they come from different backgrounds of discipline. Thankfully the homeroom teacher is always in the classroom with me.
Hugo has continued to be busy in the hangar. They are slowly moving into the new rooms that were built for Avionics and the clean room (not sure what that is, but they built a new one). Right now they are also working on packing up a couple of 206 planes that we no longer need (they’ve been replaced with Kodiaks). There are also a couple of students from an aviation high school on another part of the island doing a practical in the hangar.