Visitor from the USA · 3 days ago

My cousin, Teresa, has been here visiting us. She just left today. She had timed her visit to coincide with the week of vacation Kirsten and Ben had from Faith Academy.
We had fun showing her around Davao, Eagle Sanctuary, Malagoes Gardens, Blue Waters Beach Resort, Eden Nature Park, China Town, Aldevinco, Crocodile Park, D’ Bone Museum, some resteraunts, and other places.

I really enjoy having visitors and getting the chance to show them around here.
Come visit!!!!



at the market


trying sweet rice and native hot cocoa







Trying halo-halo at Chow King. She really liked it!
It is a favourite dessert here and one I really enjoy.




drinking pepsi in a bag!



walking a path to our house.




— Beth Symanzik

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James is 7 · 4 days ago

James turned 7 yesterday (10/26/14). Today we picked up his passport. He is really hoping during his 7th year of life he travels to the USA! We are thankful for James and pray he continues to grow in wisdom and grace, seeking first God in all his ways.

— Beth Symanzik

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Taller than his Mom · 19 days ago

Ben has been growing majorly in height, stature, wisdom….I am thankful for the fine qualities I see in my young man. He is now at least 1/2 inch taller than me and still growing!!!! Thanking God for the blessing of sons!

— Beth Symanzik

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First Baby Tooth Lost · 19 days ago

James’ first baby tooth fell out yesterday.

As you can see, he has two big teeth coming right in behind the baby teeth on the bottom.

He was so happy to loose his first tooth!

— Beth Symanzik

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Prayer and Reflection Retreat · 32 days ago

Mikayla and I had the pleasure of spending this past Saturday with a wonderful group of women. This group of women represent 10 nationalities – Chili, Korea, Philippines, German, United States of America, New Zealand, Japan, Northern Ireland, India, and Indonesia.

One thing I will really miss when we return to the states next year is having such diversity in friendships!

The Prayer and Reflection day was centered on the theme of “Finding A Rhythm of Rest” and the verse be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10.

Resting – taking a Sabbath – is a spiritual precept.

In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is
your strength…” Isaiah 30:15.

A “sabbath time” is not dependent upon our readiness to stop, but requires surrender. We stop because it’s time to stop; not when we complete our call, check our emails, etc…
A ‘Sabbath’ can be a day, an afternoon, an hour…whatever
preserves rest and refreshment… (from Eveyln C. Davis 2004)
So, turn off the cell phone, close down the computer, disconnect from the internet and spend time alone in solitude and silence with God. It is very restorative.

A great book to read further on finding the rhythm of rest is “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” by Pete Scazzero.

— Beth Symanzik

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