Good Friday

Luke 23
The Crucifixion 26As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.......

32Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals--one on his right, the other on his left. 34Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."..... 35The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One." 36The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37and said, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself." 38There was a written notice above him, which read:|sc THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 39One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!" 40But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? 41We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong." 42Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." 43Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."

Jesus' Death

44It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last. 47The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man." 48When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. 49But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

Mail Delay.....

Yesterday we received two Christmas cards in our mailbox!
One had been postmarked as arriving in Davao on November 27, 2009; the other had been postmarked as arriving in Davao on January 5, 2010.

No Brace Needed

A while ago I blogged that March was going to be a month of obtaining braces.....

Well, Jerard's balance is improving so much we do not need to obtain the SWASH brace for him. That is an answer to prayer.

Jerard 'sits' with his legs under him. He is now able to sit up
like this and even reach for objects without losing his balance or
throwing himself backward.

Kirsten will be getting her braces on her teeth sometime in the next few months.

Not Sure

James was playing dress-up the other day with Ben and Kirsten. He had a cowboy vest, superman cape, and a knight's boot on.

In this photo he looks like he's saying "I'm just not sure what I want to be when I grow up...."

Price Differences

I recently bought baseball caps for the after school sports program at a wholesale place in Downtown Davao.

The hats I picked up for the coaches had Ann Taylor store price tags on it of $79.99 - marked down from $88.00.

I purchased them for 58 pesos each - about the US equivalent of $1.27 each!