One of the hazards of using public transportation is the chance of forgetting a bag of groceries in the taxi. I've always tried to keep track of how many bags I put in and take out of the taxi so I don't forget anything.

But yesterday, for the first time since we moved here, I did not do that. Probably because I was enjoying good conversation with Mikayla and the taxi driver! As I put groceries away I was thinking I was missing something.

Thankfully, the taxi driver came back to our house about 2 hours after he'd dropped Mikayla and I off and brought our forgotten bag of groceries to us! We were so blessed by his honesty and willingness to do that! That is not a common occurrence here.

Jerard's Surgery

I took Jerard to the neurosurgeon today for a checkup since his recent hospital stay.
The doctor strongly recommends that Jerard have a surgery soon due to the headaches that he is having and the half-paralysis on the left side of his body.
The surgery will install an additional drainage shunt into Jerard's brain which will relieve the high pressure on the right side of Jerard's brain. Without the shunt surgery, Jerard's prognosis is at best quite stunted and at worse a relatively short life.

We are looking at July 5 for the surgery to take place.

~Pray that Jerard stays healthy so he can have the surgery.
~Pray for the finances needed for this operation. All medical expenses here in the Philippines have to be paid in cash at the time of the service, unlike in the US where services can be rendered and paid for in the months that follow through insurance and payments.

Jerard, a few months ago, healthier and happier!

Our Weekend Getaway

We spent this past weekend at Isla Reta beach,

boat that took us over

Ben got a close up look at army tanks near the dock

staying in a cabin,

enjoying the quiet, the water, the feeling of being at a state park camp ground in Michigan,

walking in the local town

local town near Isla Reta

a local man making charcoal from coconut shells

The local gas station

looking at the town from the hilltop

having time to spend together as a family without the interuptions of work, phone, computer, etc.

enjoying a great fish dinner the cook at Isla Reta prepared for us

playing with each other, new friends, reading....

Ben playing volleyball with new friends

Kurt and Kirsten intent on something

Mikayla reading on the beach

Teaching new friends in the cabin next to ours how to play
Phase 10

It was a relaxing, refreshing time for us.

Daddy and Kids

Kurt's three sons!

Kurt's "Family Force 5" (to borrow the name of a contemporary
Christian singing group my kids like to listen to!)

Kirsten is Turning 12!!!

Saturday, June 19, our daughter Kirsten turns 12!

She is a blessing to us.

She requested to go to Isla Reta, a beach campground, for her birthday weekend. We are going there today and look forward to a "family retreat" and fun at the beach.

Kirsten, Daddy and I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. We keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. We pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1: 16-19)