Filipino Driver's License

Well, after four years here, I took the plunge and got my driver's license today. You need to understand driving here is nothing like USA driving.
When we first moved here it looked so confusing and frustrating; but there really is a rhythm and rhyme to the flow (or non-flow) of the traffic - - you just need to remember not to be in a hurry going anywhere!!!!

_the waiting area at the LTO (Land Transportation Office)

Another angle of the LTO area. Thankfully, I was guided through the
process by a wonderful Filipino colleague who handles government
document issues for our organization. The whole process took about
three hours.


Beautiful Philippines

Come visit us! We'll be glad to show you around!!!!

Another Kada Picture

Ben's sensa, Nell, sent me this picture. I had to share it with you all!!!!

Exodus 15:3 The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.

Simplifying

I have to laugh.

Kurt and I have been praying to simplify our life and also, hopefully, move into a lower rent house that still fits our family.
Moving would entail ridding ourselves of excess furniture and other things as most likely the house we rent will be smaller than the one we have now. I look forward to that. It is so easy to accumulate stuff, even without meaning to.

A week or so ago, while Kurt and some of the kids were watching a movie at night, the television quit working. It was a used TV when we picked it up from another missionary family over 4 years ago. I smiled and said "GREAT!" when Kurt told me the tv had died!!!!


Good bye, TV!!!!

Two days ago, while microwaving something, the microwave gave a loud pop and went black, no longer to work.

Good bye, microwave. I'm thankful for more counter space!

"Simplicity is the joyful unconcern for possessions we experience as we truly "seek first the kingdom of God and
his righteousness" (Matt 6:33). Persons living in simplicity realize freedom from anxiety by viewing possessions as gifts from God, remembering we are stewards to care for God's
gifts to us and making our goods available to others.
Simplicity is a declaration of war on materialism and it reorients our lives, perspectives, and attitudes.

To simplify means "To make 'simple' or 'simpler': as a : to reduce to basic essentials b : to diminish in scope or complexity" - Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary

Living a simplified life means learning "how to say yes to the things you want in your life and no to the things you don't want in your life - your life becomes simpler."

Anyway, it seems that part of the journey God has me on here in the mission field is to learn to prioritize what is truly important and let go of the non-essentials. This is both in relationships, choices on how to spend my time, and on material possessions.

I'll be blogging more about my journey and our family's journey into a more simplified lifestyle! Stay tuned!!!!!!

If you want to read more about simplifying life, check out these websites. There are many on the internet, here are a few:

http://www.renovare.us/SPIRITUALRENEWAL/PracticingLikeJesus/Simplicity/tabid/2587/Default.aspx
http://zenhabits.net/simple-living-manifesto-72-ideas-to-simplify-your-life/
http://www.becomingminimalist.com/2011/02/08/40-ways-to-give-more-life/

A Morning in the Life of Us....


Kurt working on programming at home.

Our friend, Ruth, stops by in the morning on non-school days
and helps Jerard eat breakfast! Such a blessing her help is.

James standing by the freezer he was helping me defrost.

Mikayla and friend, Danielle, eating breakfast. Danielle spent
the night. Keep Danielle and her family in your prayers.
Her Mom is in Manila at the moment recovering from colon
cancer surgery.

Hung up clothes drying in the morning sun.

James swinging on a rope swing we have in the house to keep
him busy.

Danielle, James (yes, he loves to change his clothes), and
Mikayla having fun in the kitchen.
Ben and Kirsten were sleeping in while all this activity occurred between the hours of 5:30 - 8 a.m.