Family Photos

We had family photos taken yesterday by a professional photographer. We were outside at an beautiful hotel setting by the beach! I took some of my own photos while we were having photos taken! Enjoy!


James, the photographer. He does great photos!


We invited Arlene, Chaim, and Shaul to come. They are like
a second family to James and Jerard.


Arlene is known as "Lola" (grandma) to James and Jerard.
She has helped care for them since we got them.
Chaim and Shaul are "Kuya" (older brother) to the boys.


The two James.

Soccer Season Ends

The After School Soccer (Football) season ended on Wednesday.
Ben really enjoys playing and Mikayla really enjoyed helping out coach the little kids.


Warming up.


Mikayla helping coach the little kids.


Go for the goal, Ben!


Mikayla: happy, hot and tired!


Receiving an end-of-season trophy.


Another season complete!

Coming Up The Street

I've had people ask me what the street we live on looks like.
Here it is.............


Starting up the street from the main road


Walking up the hill.


Our house is at the top of the hill on the right hand side.
The street we live on is a dead-end street which is nice as there
is not much traffic.


Our house. There is an empty lot next to us which is grown over
with vegetation.

Adoption Process Update

Last night we received a call from our foster care social worker that James and Jerard have been declared legally available for adoption.
So now we can start the process of collecting the paperwork needed to file for adoption of James and Jerard.
Pray that this process will go smoothly. Thanks!


In our hearts James and Jerard are our sons already. It will be great when
within the next 12 months or so they become legally our sons!

Family Sneak

We had to take our three older kids to the American Embassy outreach in Davao yesterday to renew their passports (otherwise we would've had to fly up to Manila to do that!). So, they got pulled out of school to do that with us.
Then, Kurt and I took them out to lunch and on a 'Family Sneak' - meaning we took them on an outing and they didn't know where we were going!
One of our favourite places to go is Eagle Sanctuary. It's less than an hour from our home, doesn't cost much, is cooler than the city, and quiet!
We had a great time walking, seeing the eagles and other animals, and getting a few things from the local vendors who set up there!