Soccer, Band, Game Night, Movie

Mikayla and Kirsten had a busy day today.

After school they played a soccer game.

Mikayla (#15) and Kirsten (#11) playing. Their uniform
numbers match their ages!


Kirsten in action.



The soccer game ended with Faith losing 4 - 1. We hurried home for Mikayla and Kirsten to shower up, eat a quick dinner......and
then there was a band concert.
Kirsten played percussion to help out the 5th grade beginner band.

Kirsten playing snare drum.

Mikayla played clarinet in the High School Praise Ensemble.

The Ensemble Mikayla played in.

Mikayla and her friend Jeen. These two have played clarinet
together since 6th grade!

The concert was really good.
We thank God for the opportunities our children are receiving at Faith Academy.

We thank God for the band director. He is enthusiastic, talented, and a great band director for the kids!

Band Director, Nate Becker!

After the concert Kirsten attended the Middle School Game night and Mikayla went to a movie with some of her friends!

Some days are like that....busier than normal....but fun!


For the next 30 hours or so I will be gone. I'm going on a Womens retreat that the Member Care Coordinator has organized. There are about 40 women attending.
I am looking forward to this time very much. We've had a lot of issues going on in our family recently and I'm thankful for this time to pray uninterrupted, fellowship with other women, and recharge.

Psalm 73
21 When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,

22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.

23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.

24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. 28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.

Abandonment Papers

James and Jerard were visited yesterday by the social worker in charge of their foster care and adoption case.
She explained to us that because the father's name is not on the birth certificate of James and Jerard, they will need to be declared legally abandoned which will open the door for us to file the adoption paper work.
The social worker also has to obtain a copy of the mother's death certificate for us to have in the adoption process.
The process for the declaration of abandonment will probably take 3 - 6 months or so.
In the meantime we will continue to be their foster family!

Pray for all of us and for this legal process. Thanks.

Jerard's Standing Table

When I was getting ready to take this photo Jerard was
looking away. I asked him to look at me and he turned his
head toward the sound of my voice! That is cause for major

Psalm 20:7Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
8They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.

Jerard's chariot!

I hired a local carpenter that had been recommended to us to build a standing table for Jerard. I showed him a picture of a standing table from the "Disabled Village Children" book and he made this for Jerard. He delivered it yesterday evening.

Battle Of The Books

In the 1930's Battle of the Books (B.O.B) was a Chicago radio program. Today it is a reading incentive program in elementary, middle and high schools across the USA.

The Librarian here at Faith has been running the Battle for the past few years for the 3rd - 7th graders. Its a voluntary program.

Miss Van explaining the rules of the competition.

Kirsten chose to be in it this year and she had to read many books.
She enjoyed reading the various selections.

Today the Battle played out!

All of the questions in the competition begin with the words "In which book" and the correct answer is always the title and author of the book.

Kirsten's team won the 6th and 7th grade competition.
It was enjoyable to watch the battle! Thankfully, no blood was spilled!!!!

Kirsten answering a question.

The overall winners - the red team is in the 3rd - 5th grade
division. The green team is in the 6th - 7th grade division.
Each of the overall winners received a bag of candy and a
gift certificate to a local bookstore here!

Ecc. 12:12...Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. 13The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.