Track and Field Day 2011

Friday was the school's track and field day. This annual event marks the last day of third quarter. It is a fun morning of running events, time with friends, friendly competition between the differing colour teams.

Kirsten at the start of the 1k run.

Jerard enjoying cuddle time with his Daddy while waiting for
the 1k runners to return.

Kirsten and her friend, Janie.

Mikayla, Kirsten, and Ben waiting for the softball toss.

Ben running a race.

Kirsten running a race. She signed up for many events
this year. She loves to run and she's fast!

Mikayla running in a high schoolers race.

James says watching all that racing can make one thirsty!

Ben doing the softball toss.

Mikayla racing in a relay race.

Ben jumping hurdles.

Kirsten passing off the baton in a relay race.

Hebrews 12:1...let us run with perseverance the race
marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus,
the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

Best Ever Irish Soda Bread

In honor of St. Patrick, we had boiled potatoes, carrots, cabbage, corned beef and "Best Ever Irish Soda Bread" - a recipe I got off

We all agreed it was great bread. Try making it yourself. It's very good and easy to make.

4 cups all-purpose flour,
3/4 cup white sugar,
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder,
1 teaspoon baking soda,
1/2 cup butter, melted,
1 1/2 cups raisins,
1 1/2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature (or if you don't have buttermilk, use 1 1/2 cups milk and 1 Tablespoon vinegar. That's what I did. It turned out great!),
3 eggs, at room temperature

Mix all the ingredients together.
Grease a 9 inch pan. Pour batter into pan and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes - 1 hour.

As I ate this bread tonight, I decided it would be good with nuts and a thin glaze of frosting on top for a breakfast bread.

Continue to Pray for Japan

an updated word from a Japanese colleague......
"Thank you so much for your prayers for Japan and thank you for
your countries that are sending the rescue teams and lots of
supplies. There are many places where needs basic supplies like water, fuel, food, medicines and clothes. It's snowing in the
northern part of the main island tonight but no heater in many

1 Timothy 2: 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-- 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,

Araw Ng Dabaw 2011

Araw ng Dabaw is an annual week long City of Davao festival celebrating Davao's birthday. Today, March 16, is a day off school and work for Dabaw residents! (Our kids have school today, though!)

Last Soccer Game of Season 2011

Kirsten was on the Faith Academy Girls Soccer Team this year.
It was a combined team of 11 high school girls and 11 middle school girls.

The high school girls had most of the play time in the soccer games but the middle schoolers learned the great art of cheering team mates on and learning skills for the high school soccer team.

The last game of the season was played in the rain!

Lining up for start of soccer game.

So while the team played their game, Kirsten's siblings were involved in various activities as well.....

James found it fun to play in the rain with his friend, Sojo.

Ben was riding his razor scooter with his friend, Michael.

Mikayla was watching the game and also chatting with friends.