Street Scenes

There has been much road work going on around our home and neighborhood lately. It always amazes me to see the workers in flip-flops working around heavy equipment, cement pipes, pouring cement, etc. So, here are scenes from our neighborhood this week.

crane

This is the pot they were using to warm the tar for filling in road cracks.

wood fire

tar on road

tar in road cuts.

road scene

And, in the empty lot next door, there are cows grazing. They are fun to watch. One of them has a calf.

The Blessing

In April, the high school vocal music class presented a concert. The last song they sang that evening was called The Blessing - the lyrics taken from an Irish Blessing - -

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

This is an appropriate blessing for anyone. As I listened to the class sing it I felt it was an especially appropriate blessing for the seniors singing in that group - Kirsten, Joy, Soy, Janey, John.

Enjoy listening!

Flexible Homeschooling

James and I sometimes take his workbooks outside, especially in this season of power outages and road construction. The noise this morning with the crane and sledge hammers disturbed quality study time so we took a break for a few pictures and he finished an assignment outside. Here's a few photos of the construction and of James studying!

outside our gate

men working on the road

James studying on front stoop

More photos of outdoor homeschooling during a recent power outage

Hot James

a hot, tired James hamming it up for the camera during a power outage study time outside.

James studying

happy to be outside during a power outage studying with no shirt on.

Slipping Through My Fingers

As Kirsten gets closer to graduating high school, the song "Slipping Through My Fingers" plays in my head often. I suppose all parents, as they launch their children from high school to beyond feel this melancholy "where has the time gone" despair that can invade one's soul.

*"Slipping Through My Fingers"

Schoolbag in hand, she leaves home in the early morning Waving goodbye with an absent-minded smile I watch her go with a surge of that well known sadness And I have to sit down for a while The feeling that I'm losing her forever And without really entering her world I'm glad whenever I can share her laughter That funny little girl*

Kirsten, Soy and Joy 3rd Grade

Kirsten, with her friends Soy and Joy in 3rd grade - just a week or so after we moved to the Philippines in 2006

Kirsten, Soy and Joy 2016

Kirsten with Soy and Joy after the recent music concert they all sang in

Slipping through my fingers all the time I try to capture every minute The feeling in it Slipping through my fingers all the time Do I really see what's in her mind Each time I think I'm close to knowing She keeps on growing Slipping through my fingers all the time... Then when she's gone, there's that odd melancholy feeling And a sense of guilt I can't deny What happened to the wonderful adventures The places I had planned for us to go Well, some of that we did, but most we didn't And why, I just don't know.....Slipping through my fingers all the time I try to capture every minute The feeling in it Slipping through my fingers all the time Do I really see what's in her mind Each time I think I'm close to knowing She keeps on growing Slipping through my fingers all the time[1]

So, I enjoy the moments with my children. I relish looking at photos. And I rest in my Abba's watchcare of each His children, commending each member of my family to God, our Abba, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build each of us up and to give each of us the inheritance among all those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32); knowing He who calls us is faithful (1 Thess. 5:24).

[1] Writer(s): Benny Goran Bror Andersson, Bjoern K. Ulvaeus Copyright: Union Songs Musikforlag AB

Kirsten's Graduation Announcement

Kirsten senior
picture

We are please to announce that our daughter, Kirsten Joy Symanzik, is graduating May 26th from Faith International Academy Davao.

Kirsten with her graduating class

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, '... plans to give you hope and a future.'" Jeremiah 29:11

Kirsten will be taking a gap year to research career options and colleges, learn to drive, visit relatives and adjust to life in the USA. She and I (Beth) will be coming to the USA in August.