Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bride price

Here in PNG they have a custom that when a man marries a woman he must
pay the bride's family a bride price. Lots of other places around the
world used to have this custom and is is still widely practiced here.

A common bride price is to give the bride's family a pig. They will
then usually slaughter it and have a big feast for both the bride's and
groom's families. It is common for there to be a small wedding ceremony
and then have a huge party later.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Bridge to Goroka

Today was the first day of a 2 week school break. We were planning on
going away for 2 nights to Goroka, a nearby town, until we heard that
the new bridge on the road between here and there collapsed last week.
There is only one road to Goroka and it doesn't look like it will be
opened anytime soon.

Did we mention that driving in PNG can be treacherous?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

14 years...

On March 16, 1996 Paul and I were wed and today we celebrated 14 years
of marriage! How did we celebrate in Papua New Guinea? We went to a
potluck and watched a chick flick. I thank God for bringing us together.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ukarumpa Store

We have one store here in Ukarumpa. If they don't have it then we can't
get it. They don't always have everything we want but usually have
everything we need. They have things like shampoo, toothpaste, toilet
paper, canned goods, and other things. They usually only carry one
maybe 2 brands of an item. In a way it is nice not to have to make so
many selections. Things we have learned to do without are fresh milk.
Instead we buy powdered milk. There is not much as far as quick to cook

Here is the meat counter.  We can buy mince (hamburger), chicken and a few other items
We can get eggs and one type of bread.
Canned meat and other canned goods.  Tulip is the equivalent to spam.
Rice, flour, and sugar
This is the entrance.  You can buy rotissery chicken for lunch.
Lots of Vegemite for the aussies

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Jessica's Country

 Tonight Jessica was talking about "our country".  I assumed she was talking about the United States then  I realized that she was talking about Papua New Guinea.  When we go back to the US for furlough it will be a foreign country to her! 

Here is a sunset photo taken from our back yard.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Today I met my namesake! Our friend was pregnant and told us if she had
a boy she would name him Paul and if she had a girl she would name her
Laura. The thing is generally nationals can't say my name so... her
name is Rola! What a cutie!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Heavy rains

Last Thursday and Friday it rained 2.5". Here is a picture of the
primary school playground under quite a bit of water.

Also, about a 6 x 20 foot section of our back yard is sliding away. We
are looking forward to dry season.