Posted by Craig on October 29, 2010
About a year ago, we had the pest control guys come and spray our house with hopes of getting rid of our dry wood termites. Well, it wasn’t successful since the little things fly and they just returned again. We decided to take more serious action since we were noticing the problem was getting worse. So, last weekend we left the house so all of our kitchen cabinets and bedroom wardrobes could be fumigated. Supposedly the gas is supposed to get rid of these termites. We removed everything from every cabinet. It was no small job, and it reminded me of moving – ugh! The benefit was that we got rid of a bunch of stuff we really don’t need.
Below is a picture of Craig removing the ceiling in his office to find out where the termites were. During the process, we find evidence of rats and a few bee hives. What a learning experience for the kids!
A couple of weeks ago, we had Joel and his son, Philip, over after church so we could take care of Philip’s sores on his legs. A simple sore can turn into a nasty tropical ulcer in a matter of hours or days, and lots of people develop sores that don’t get treated and turn into horrible scars. Though I’m certainly not even close to being a qualified doctor, I try to teach people to at least keep their sores clean and covered. We had Philip soak his legs in salt water while we ate lunch together, then I covered his sores with lots of Band-Aids.
Speaking of band-aids, Hannah got to don her fair share after our recent trip to Doini Island. There are always lots of sand flies there and they seem to especially love Hannah. She got so many bites, which then turned into sores after all of her scratching. Most of the time we were there, Hannah insisted on wearing my long sleeved shirt and long pants for protection.
We definitely enjoyed our trip to Doini Island with our team mates, though. We took a 1 1/2 hour boat ride to this beautiful island.
Elizabeth really enjoyed the boat ride. Isn’t this a beautiful place?
Caleb rode inside the boat cabin with Hannah Reese. That makes most of us sick, but he sure enjoyed himself.
At Doini, I braided Hadassah Reese’s hair to match Hannah and me. (Hannah’s right eye was almost swollen shut after getting a bug bite by it.)
We enjoyed taking a trailer ride to some skull caves.
Here we are on our hike to the skull caves. And, yes, there are real skulls there! (Notice Hannah in my long sleeved shirt!)
On Sunday morning, we had a church service with our team on the island. Caleb and Elizabeth were sitting together during church.
We stayed at Doini for 2 nights while our house was being fumigated. The second night when we went to eat at the restaurant, the sunset was beautiful. Here we are on the pier going to watch the sunset. (I forgot my camera, so I didn’t get any pictures of the amazing sky, but Diane Reese snapped this photo of Craig & I and the girls). The significance of this picture is that we’re holding hands – something we NEVER do in PNG. It’s taboo for men and women to hold hands in public. But on this mostly deserted island, we thought, why not??
Returning home was not the most exciting thing since we had a whole house to put back in order. I spent the majority of the week moving back in. But we’re thankful for the time we had away and we thoroughly enjoyed God’s creation.