Ipomoea batatas

"Ipomoea batatas" (purple kamote) is a sweet potato that grows here in the Philippines.

A favourite way to serve this potato is just to boil it and eat it. It makes a great, inexpensive, and healthy snack!

(learn more about Philippine foods at http://www.stuartxchange.org/Kamote.html)

It is really easy here to eat healthy food - the market is resplendent in all its food offerings!!!!

Standing Table and Soccer Shin Guards!

Jerard really suffered a major set back in his developmental skills last June when he had his first major siezures. Slowly, since then he has been progressing - little by little.
Today, he 'stood' in his standing table with the help of his leg braces to flatten his feet and shin guards to help keep his knees straight.

He 'stood' for about ten minutes. His brother James played with him for a while, encouraging him to hold his head straight!

Keep Jerard in your prayers. Thanks!

Grass Jelly

What hit me first was the overwhelming smell of....., yep, you guessed it....grass....when I opened the can.......


then I tried some straight out of the can.....yep....tastes like grass with bitterness thrown in......

so I made a syrup recommended for grass jelly - 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water; mixed in a can of lychees and a can of fruit cocktail.....chilled it real well.......

and the verdict is...........................................

Kurt really liked it

Mikayla really liked it

James really liked it

Jerard and I really liked it

Jerard eating more of it

Ben tolerated it but since he isn't a fan of fruit cocktail or lychees,
it didn't strike him as something he'd like again.

Kirsten didn't like it at all but not so much because of the taste,
but because of the texture.

The grass jelly, when mixed with the fruit and syrup, had no taste of it's own like it had in the can. I'd buy it again. Next time I'll try the mango, whipped cream and grass jelly mix that is another recommended way to eat grass jelly. (check out http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/368051 if you ever buy a can of grass jelly. In the US you'd probably find it at an Asian food store or in the Asian section at the grocery store.)


I had the rare treat today of going grocery shopping with my husband! While I have gotten used to the grocery store and by-pass many items, Kurt was intrigued by the many varied offerings on the grocery shelves.

We picked up three such offerings and will be trying some new stuff.

White Fungus, also called Snow Fungus is also known as white tree ear fungus, silver fungus and silver ear. It is white in color and almost transparent. It is often used in soups and desserts.
I'll be checking out Chinese soup recipes to try with our white fungus!

Grass Jelly is another Chinese food. In China, grass jelly was traditionally served with sugar syrup. Now it is often served mixed with other ingredients, such as mango, sago, watermelon, cantaloupe, and other fresh or canned fruit, and evaporated milk.
We'll let you know how we like it!

Pickled Lettuce is an Asian side dish! It's a side dish to rice and meat meals.

Thank goodness for the internet to do searches for recipes to make with these items!!!!

I'll blog again after we've tried these to let you know what we thought!


Yesterday marked the 3rd year anniversary of taking James and Jerard into our home.

Anyone who knows me, knows I often think in songs. This song by Nicole Nordeman expresses some of what I would like to convey. I am so thankful for the lessons God is teaching me and each member of our family.

- Lessons on being thankful even in the dark, hard times - - Lessons on Kingdom Living - Building for eternity and not the temporal -Lessons on His faithfulness - ....

James and Jerard are blessings in our lives. It has not been an easy transition for our family - but definitely worth all the struggle. And I'm praying this year we can actually finalize the adoption. Pray with us regarding that whole process.

Send some rain, would You send some rain?
'Cause the earth is dry and needs to drink again
And the sun is high and we are sinking in the shade
Would You send a cloud, thunder long and loud?
Let the sky grow black and send some mercy down
Surely You can see that we are thirsty and afraid
But maybe not, not today
Maybe You'll provide in other ways
And if that's the case . . .

We'll give thanks to You
With gratitude
For lessons learned in how to thirst for You
How to bless the very sun that warms our face
If You never send us rain

Daily bread, give us daily bread
Bless our bodies, keep our children fed
Fill our cups, then fill them up again tonight
Wrap us up and warm us through
Tucked away beneath our sturdy roofs
Let us slumber safe from danger's view this time
Or maybe not, not today
Maybe You'll provide in other ways
And if that's the case . . .

We'll give thanks to You
With gratitude
A lesson learned to hunger after You
That a starry sky offers a better view if no roof is overhead And if we never taste that bread

Oh, the differences that often are between
What we want and what we really need

So grant us peace, Jesus, grant us peace
Move our hearts to hear a single beat
Between alibis and enemies tonight
Or maybe not, not today
Peace might be another world away
And if that's the case . . .

We'll give thanks to You
With gratitude
For lessons learned in how to trust in You
That we are blessed beyond what we could ever dream
In abundance or in need
And if You never grant us peace

But Jesus, would You please . . .