Posted by Craig on August 26, 2010
It was a special month since my family (Dad, Mom, sister, and aunt) came to visit for 2 weeks. It’s not every day we get to have visitors from afar.
Hannah and Caleb graciously gave up their bunk beds for my sister, Jen, and my Aunt Yvonne. Elizabeth let them sleep in her room with her. They got much more sleep than I expected they would, so that was a blessing. Craig moved out of his office for 2 weeks so my parents could stay there. I’m thankful to have a flexible family!
Most days, we just kind of hung out and did our every-day-kind-of-stuff. We did try to go to a beach one day. Unfortunately, our plans changed when we arrived at a road by the bridge that had been washed away from the rain. We did have a lovely, bumpy, and very wet drive though, and it was so fun riding in the back of our truck with my Mom and Dad. They’re probably still recovering from the abuse the potholes did on their bodies. Mom took this picture of Dad and I when we stopped at the washed out road and had to turn around. On our way back, we stopped and picnicked at another beach. PNG: Land of the Unexpected…
We also enjoyed a weekend away at a beautiful guesthouse called Treetops. We’ve gone there a few times before, but we wanted to show the place to my family. It was a great time of swimming, snorkeling, relaxing, and visiting.
Elizabeth is really doing her best to walk. She was covered in sand from head to toe, but she kept walking and playing for a couple of hours. Every time I tried to make her sit down, she just stood up and wanted me to hold her hands and walk with her some more.
We always go and play in the rivers near the guesthouse and the kids love that. See the beautiful waterfall in the back?
We enjoyed eating out at the International Hotel when we came back to town. I love this picture of Caleb with the carving.
My sister, Jen, is always so great with the kiddos. She spent so much time with Hannah and Caleb – and did it patiently. They loved all the extra attention, and they really love her! Thanks for coming, Jen!
I was quite impressed with my Great Aunt Yvonne (age 75!) who traveled all the way here and was such a trooper. She was so much fun to have around. It was really special to spend time with her. Aunt Yvonne is my (late) Grandma’s sister. I loved hearing stories about my Grandma and my Great Grandparents from Yvonne. It is a blessing to be in a family where our faith has been handed down for generations.
One of my favorite parts of having these special guests was watching my kids with their Grandparents. Elizabeth took a few days to warm up to them, but it didn’t take long for Hannah and Caleb to remember my parents and enjoy some snuggles!
Here’s what our family is looking like these days. Yes, we are a happy family. We’re thankful to have each other and live in a beautiful place. And we’re always happy to have visitors, too!