A new home, a new community and a new location means some change. It’s been interesting in the past few weeks to take note of the things that are different and what remains the same in our new Galiwinku home.
Some aspects of life remain the same despite our move. We again are lucky enough to enjoy the frangipani trees, the aqua blue sea close by, beaches, palm trees and at the moment lovely sea breezes. Our house is once again near the church, so we hear the church bell frequently, which is very handy for knowing when church is actually starting. We are down the street from the clinic so we have many people walking by our house each day. We are walking distance to the major facilities in town, which is useful for Kim and Sam during the day.
For Jason he’s in the same uniform and the same type of plane. But his hours, flying locations and office colleagues have all changed. He has new airstrips to fly into, some of which are unsealed and short, which he assures me makes flying more fun. New planes bring new peculiarities, as no two planes have the same quirks. A new airport means new pilots to meet from the other aviation companies around the place. He has started fishing again, but a new place means lots of trips in the boat to find the perfect fishing spots have been needed on the weekends. Jason has settled into his new shed, where he has made a wooden toy plane for Sam and fixed bits around the house. He has also settled into his new role of coconut de-husker, as the tree in our backyard has dropped quite a few for our consumption.
For Sam, his “uniform” of t shirts and shorts remains the same. He has enjoyed rediscovering all his toys and books again, many of which he had not seen for about three months during the move. On many days he still thinks he is in Numbulwar and often prays for our friends there. However, Galiwin’ku has some new joys for Sam like a footpath along the main road which has just been created. Perfect for our little man and his bike to make trips to the post office or the main store. He is loving, most of the time, our new pet Dora. Dora gets a special greeting each morning from him. Not even Mum and Dad always get that! Our new home also means a new extended MAF family, which Sam is loving. Jimmy (a week younger than Sam) and Ned, 18 months are his two favourite new playmates. A day without these buddies is a sad day for Sam!
For Kim, that is me, life is settling into some form of routine and rhythm. I love that this smaller house means with the use of only two power points I can vacuum the whole house. It took at least five in Numbulwar! I have been trying to figure out a flow of baking, cleaning, washing, fun with Sam, emails, and blogs into my days has been a challenge – but I have a plan now! Feeling better has certainly helped the settling in process, as a change in my thyroid medication has helped considerably. The doctor I saw in Melbourne is still checking out various things and making suggestions which is proving to be very helpful. It is such a blessing though to feel almost normal for large portions of the day. I have finally got a veggie garden happening, the seeds are in and we are awaiting their sprouting any day now. Our banana tree is also fruiting and we are eagerly awaiting the fruit to change to yellow! We hope to have some fresh produce from our garden very soon.
With school back in ten days or so, life here will start to get busier. At the moment school and playgroup are on holidays, so many people have left the island for their summer break. As these programs begin again, our lives that have been centred on home, MAF friends and church (when it is on) for the past five weeks, will expand as Sam and I will be getting to know others
in the community as we are out and about more often. (Jason is already out and about lots with work each day.) Please pray that we will make the most of every opportunity to get to know people in this community and to keep trying to use words and phrases we have learnt in the local language.