Pray for Peace

Pray that the church in Florida planning to burn the Koran will not do so. They will only be jeopardizing the lives and work of many, many missionaries around the world, as well as military personnel.

After School Soccer 2010

For several years now another Mom and I have been organizing the after school elementary sports for soccer and baseball. We have to work around the High School sports schedule for field usage.

Kids during warm up time.

This week we started a four week season of after-school elementary soccer! The kids play twice a week. It is a lot of fun and I am so thankful for the other Moms who are helping with organizing, managing the snacks and organizing the end of season party!

Krys, on the left, is the other Mom who helps organize this sports program. She orders the shirts and awards; sends
out emails, prints fliers, etc. She is fun to work with!

Ben, James, and some team mates looking at something prior
to practice starting.

Ben loves playing soccer and is looking forward to being in
Middle School and High School when he can play on the
competitive team!

Jessica, Krys' daughter, and Ben.

Mikayla is helping as an assistant with the little kids teams.
For the K - 2nd graders its a bit like trying to organize chaos!
I am helping coach the little kids, too! They are a lot of fun...
just very easily distractible.

Some of the 3rd - 5th graders playing a game of soccer.

Seo Yeon and Kirsten. They are not in soccer but they were
'chica chicaing' at their lockers after school!
(chica chica-ing is Cebuano for chatting)

Koinonia Theological Seminary

For quite a while now I've been wanting to start courses toward a Master's degree in Counseling. The cost of such a pursuit in the USA was very expensive when I looked into it years ago; but here it is very reasonable!

Here in Davao there is an excellent Seminary, Koinonia Theological Seminary, that offers a Masters of Arts in Theology with an various emphasis'. I will be taking the degree with an emphasis on counseling.

Today I registered as a student and will be taking one class in October during the semester break. The module I am taking is "Counseling Theories, Tools and Techniques."
So pray for me the week of October 11 - 15 as I'll be in class 9a - 6p that week! Thankfully, my three older kids will be in school that week too! Their fall break is the week before this class starts!

My hope is to take one class per semester for at least the first couple semesters. Then, depending on work load and family life, I may try to speed up achieving the degree and take two classes a semester.
We will see!

For now, I am just so excited to be enrolled in school again and am really looking forward to this class coming up!

James 4: 13Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will
go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade
and make a profit"-- 14yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time
and then vanishes. 15Instead you ought to say,
"If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that."

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Spirit Week 2010

This week is Spirit Week at the kids school.

Today for the High School was 'Fake An Injury' day!

Mikayla went to school with a sword in her shoulder!

The Middle School and Elementary had 'MisMatch Day.'

Kirsten had flowers, stripes, mismatched earrings and shoes and
mismatched socks!

Ben was ready to swim at the beach, be a pirate, fight in a war,
and be Spiderman.

They were quite a sight going to school. Thankfully, their
Dad drove them!

James wanted to dress up too!

Jerard didn't dress up but he did practice standing!

All In An Hour....

More often than not, there are several events happening at our home at the same time.

For I had been in the kitchen with Kirsten helping her make frosting for the cake she was decorating for her science project.

Yes, she was using frosting of various colours to make the plant cell - and her teacher is giving extra credit for edible projects!

I had just sat down to feed Jerard when the door bell rang.....

It was our friend and handyman, Dennis, come to the gate with two therapy items for Jerard. (Thanks, Tyrone!)
He needed to use our drill to finish the spider walker.

James, in the meantime, wanted to be the 'helper!'

This is a 'spider walker' that Jerard will be able to ride on and
lean forward in after I get the pad and strap made for it. This therapy tool helps him learn balance and how to use his legs for walking!

James was having fun riding it and posing for the pic to show
how Jerard will lean into the front plate once we get the pad and
strap attached to it for him.

The other therapy aid Dennis dropped off was actually the baby walker we'd had for the boys when they were little. We needed it heightened so Jerard could still sit in it without falling out to practice re-learning his sitting balance and also his walking. This will help him strengthen up his leg muscles too and give him mobility in the sala and dining area.

Jerard enjoying his 'new' walker.

So, these are the events that happened in about an hour around dinner time tonight!
We are very thankful Jerard has some new therapy aids now to help him regain muscle strength in his legs!