Welcome To Our New Home

Welcome to our house! It is small, but we all really like it. There are big windows, which provide lots of airflow, since we don’t have air conditioning.  There are three bedrooms, 1 bathroom, laundry room (just a washer, no dryer), office, dining room, living room, and of course a kitchen.  Our yard is beautiful! The landscaping is tropical and lush. We have banana trees, avocado trees, a tangerine tree, and many other plants and flowers that I have yet to learn the names of. However, it is a very noisy place, since we live right by the airfield and the only highway in PNG. Continue reading

We are here!!

by Grace

We have arrived! We got to our new home in Goroka, PNG, around 4:30p.m Thursday and were welcomed by our new teammates. We felt so welcomed and loved.  They drove us to our new house about 5 minutes away from the Goroka airport. It’s going to take us awhile to get use to driving on the left side of the road.

The CRMF team cleaned and worked so hard before we arrived to get our new home ready for us and loaded the cabinets with food. A huge thank you to them. Continue reading

What are the Wards Doing Right Now?

by Grace

What are the Wards doing to prepare for their big move? Well, as I am writing this we at an X-ray facility waiting to getting chest X-rays (Dad, Mom ,and I). This is just one of the many medical steps we have to take in order to go to PNG. We’ve all had our physicals, blood tests, and shots.

Footlockers have arrived. We will take 10 of these, plus 2 suit cases, a guitar case, a giant keyboard case, 7 carry-on bags, and 7 backpacks on the plain. This will require a 15 passenger van pulling a trailer to get us to the airport. It will require many vehicles on the PNG end!

Footlockers have arrived. We will take 10 of these, plus 2 suit cases, a guitar case, a giant keyboard case, 7 carry-on bags, and 7 backpacks on the plane. This will require a 15 passenger van pulling a trailer to get us to the airport. It will require many vehicles on the PNG end!

Dad used to be able to use his office

Dad used to be able to use his office

Everyday there is something that needs to be done. We are in the process of planning out the school for the next 4 years and making sure we have all of the school books we need. We will also be painting the house and getting it ready to be rented.

To-Do Lists

3 big lists: Ministry To-Do’s, Moving To-Do’s, and Purchases to be made

Dad and Mom have a huge amount of paper work to do. Sending papers in between the embassies is huge process.There’s always some paper that had to get in the mail such as work permits, visas applications, medical records, etc. With seven of us going, its a lot of paper. Dad mailed a stack over an inch thick to Australia.

Most of all we’re making lists. Lists of things to sell, to get rid of, to put in storage, to buy, to clean, and to fix. It looks like endless list of lists, but over all these tasks have actually been exciting, because with each new task it seems going to PNG is getting closer.

Austin, TX – Hot Tacos & Cool Graffiti

by Grace

After donuts at Aunt Ashley’s we hit the road again to meet an old high-school friend of my parents, Amy (Funk) Johnson and her daughter, Isabelle, at Torchys Tacos in Austin,TX .  It was funny hearing stories about your parents when they were in high-school.

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Amy recommended seeing Graffiti Park in downtown Austin, so we hiked up and had a blast taking pictures and looking at some really cool graffiti.

Tyler, have you been painting?

Tyler, have you been painting?

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Thanksgiving In Tenessee

by Grace

Thanksgiving with our family was such a  blessing. We haven’t been able to do that in forever. We had two thanksgiving meals Thursday and so enjoyed eating tons of good food. Thanks to all my family who made our Thanksgiving by just being with you.

Good southern food, hospitality, and family made our Thanksgiving. We love you all!!!