Goodbyes, Pineapples & Birthday Parties.

Hello again from the tropical town of Merauke, where you’ll find the sun almost always shinning and almost always hot ;-).  These past couple weeks our family has been busy with a oodles of different activities.

Shortly after we celebrated my (Greg) first Amphibian Caravan Solo flight, we jump on a jet plane to Sentani where we spent sometime with friends of ours that are being called back to their passport country.  It was a wonderful/sad weekend of visits and memories made for all of us especially the kids.  It’s been a bit different this go around as in the past it’s usually us doing the going as we said goodbye but this time, we are the stayers. Which I’m learning has a its own set of emotions and feelings to navigate as we again say goodbye to friends.   
During our visit to Sentani we also acquired some pineapples, which we ate then planted.  Well we ate the good stuff and planted the top, just encase that needed clarification.  So far a after almost 2 weeks the first of the plants seem to still be alive.  This morning I planted the last of our pineapple top supply.  Hopefully in a year or so we will have nice pineapple hedge out front that will treat us to a fresh pineapple now and then.  Not sure if a mango tree or papaya tree will be next on our “to plant list”, maybe even a banana tree.  

This weekend we also celebrated Jaclynn’s 10th birthday.  Wow no more single digits in the family.  Sunday evening we had a small gathering to celebrate.  Julie whipped up some home-made pizza pockets that seemed to be a hit.  

In the next blog post I hope to have a couple short video montages of some recent flights.

Blessings The Dole Clan

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