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!

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.

Thanks, Tyrone!!!!

James and Jerard would like to say THANK YOU to all the people who sent them clothes in the box we recently received!

Here James and Jerard are in new Sunday clothes!

2 Cor. 9: 10He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every
way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.

Perseverance and Pizza

Ben has struggled a bit this school year with reading.

But the Pizza Hut Book-It! program was highly motivating to him to read 15 minutes a day and record it in a log.

Monthly he earned a coupon for personal pan pizza. He and I would go for a 'mother-son date' to the local Pizza Hut (yes! There is a Pizza Hut here!)

Today he was awarded a certificate and a medal for completing all six months of the program.

Ben's reading is better. And he has learned an important life skill of sticking to a task even if it is hard.
Keep praying for him as he works on his reading, writing, and arithmetic! Thanks!

Hebrews 12:11 For the moment all discipline seems painful
rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.