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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

What’s Going On Here?

Posted by Jeri on March 11, 2010

I feel like I haven’t written a post for a while.  I was thinking that there’s really nothing exciting to write about.  Then I decided I could at least write about every-day-kinds-of-things that are happening.  And there’s always room for pictures, right? 

First off,  let me mention that I often neglect to tell people about the interesting, beautiful, and fascinating creatures we get to see sometimes living here in PNG.  My children are fascinated by all the praying mantises, huge moths and spiders, beautiful butterflies and birds, and so on…  Our most recent excitement (besides the 10 pups our dog delivered) was this tree frog that was on the banister of our steps.  It looked almost fake to me.  It slept there and then escaped during the night, I guess.  But I just had to take its picture.  We see all kinds of toads, but this was my first time to see one of these!


Most of my days are spent playing with the kids at home.   It’s a good thing we like each other so much!

100_1486   Brother and Sister Kisses

100_1508 Sister and Sister Kisses

100_1491 Who really has the upper hand here??


Hannah and Caleb are such great playmates.  Here they are playing in their shared bedroom.

I try to keep my children entertained by playing outside, painting, swinging, reading, telling stories, and letting them ‘help’ me clean and cook.


Hannah and Caleb recently helped me make some cookies.  This is a recipe for Aggression Cookies.  They’re great for toddlers and preschoolers!  (Hannah wasn’t so sure about getting her hands all dirty.)

I’m always amazed and thankful for how well my children play together.  Many times when I’m cooking supper or am busy with something else, they occupy themselves just fine. Tonight it was really quiet while I was doing supper dishes, so I thought I better check and see what was going on.  But this is what I saw when I went and checked on them.

100_1582 My Little Readers – Even Elizabeth has a book!!

I know I say it all the time, but I just can’t thank God enough for my family.  Having these three children teaches me so much.  I feel so blessed to have them.

100_1527My Three Little Blessings 

Elizabeth will be nine months old in about a week.  Unbelievable!  Seems like she was just born. She has a crazy amount of hair. I actually have to comb it every day and put it in a ponytail.  Otherwise, it gets in her eyes.  We officially have two more teeth in this house.  She cut her two middle bottom teeth last week.  She’s not at all interested in crawling still.  Why crawl when everyone comes to you?

100_1553 Elizabeth likes to play with the comb after I do her hair.


Just when I thought she couldn’t get any cuter ….  Look at all that hair!

I am also incredibly blessed to have Craig as my husband and best friend.  We get to spend time together most evenings after the kids go to bed.  We often take walks around our yard at night, talking and talking – something we’ve done for as long as we’ve known each other. 

He amazes me with all of the things he does.  He’s recently started up a computer class for 4 young ladies so they can learn basic computer skills, which is something that most don’t have the opportunity to learn here.  He’s also been doing leadership training for the men of the church once a month.  It seems to be really beneficial for them.

100_1502In addition to full-time ministry, he continues to write for his blog, Money Help for Christians. (

Craig and I are pleased to finally be finished with an eBook called Short Term Missions Handbook that we co-authored.  If you’re taking a Short Term Mission trip this summer or know someone who is, check it out!  It ended up being a much bigger project than we expected, but it was a great experience for us.

Recently, I coordinated a Ladies’ Day for church. We had 18 women there.  It was a refreshing day, and everyone seemed to enjoy it.  Esther taught a lesson on prayer by telling stories from her life.  We played games, ate lots of food, sang, and had so much fun together.

 DSC07581 Can you find me?

So that’s what’s been going on in the Ford Family lately.  Anything exciting happening in your family that you’d like to share??


One Response to “What’s Going On Here?”
  1. Nicole Whaley says:

    Craig and Jeri — really enjoyed your update and especially the pictures. Elizabeth has grown the most of course! Your pictures make me want three kids. :) But don’t be holding your breath!
    The computer class sounds like a great idea and a very useful ministry. That’s awesome.
    Exciting things going on in our family? Well…Ella can take dirty clothes to the hamper (without being asked!) and nappies to their pails! I call that pretty “exciting”. Ella surprises us every day with new words, and Noah grows and grows! We love each of them and each other more each day!
    You guys are a blessing.

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