Friday Morning

The Middle Schoolers presented at chapel today about their OE trip. It was a good presentation.


Kirsten with a watermelon to explain about the greased
watermelon game they played in the water.


Kirsten's squad sharing about their experiences on OE.


Ben heading back to class with his classmates after chapel.


Mikayla in wood shop class after chapel.

Bracing for the Braces!

March seems to be the month that braces will enter our family!

Kirsten will be getting braces on her teeth to help straighten and align them.

Jerard will be getting a SWASH brace (SWASH stands for Standing, Walking, and Sitting Hip orthosis) the second week of March.
The cool thing about this SWASH brace is that instead of us needing to travel up to Manila to obtain it, they are bringing it down here! What a blessing.
This brace will go around his waist and attach to his upper thighs, giving him assistance to sit up and balance better!
You can read more about it at http://www.allardusa.com/

Plans and Resting

Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.

It is wonderful to rest in Him, knowing that He has everything planned out.

We recently met with the lawyer who will be handling our adoption case. We have more papers to collect and it looks like it will be another couple months before all the paperwork is gathered and we are able to file our petition for adoption for James and Jerard.

We had been considering moving to a house that would cost a bit less rent then the one we are renting now. But our lawyer has strongly advised us not to do that. It looks bad in the courts eyes for us to be transferring houses during the adoption process. So we will stay where we are.

Elizabeth Elliott is my mentor through her writing. She shares in "Keep A Quiet Heart" "If I am willing to be still in my Master's hand, can I not then be still in everything? He's got the whole world in His hands!....If I mean to be obedient and submissive to the Lord because He is my Lord, I must not forget that whatever He allows to happen becomes, for me, His will at that moment...."

Faith On The Rock

Kirsten is back from the Outdoor Education trip to Corregidor.
The theme this year was "Faith on the Rock."

She had a great time.

Besides seeing many sights on the island, the students were challenged to live a life worthy of Christ - on fire for him.
They had opportunity to share the gospel with kids at a local school, too.

2 Timothy 2:1-4, 15

1You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2And the things you have heard me say in the presence
of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 3Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer
.....15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a workman who does not need to be ashamed and
who correctly handles the word of truth.

We are thankful she is back safely. It is good to hear her share about what she's learned and seen.

I'll have her post more about her trip when she's not so tired!

Pursue.....

Have you ever looked in the concordance or word-searched such words as 'pursue' and 'seek' at Biblegateway.com? The New Testament is full of active commands for us to 'run the race', 'seek first', 'pursue'...

1 Timothy 6: 11But as for you, O man of God,
flee these things.
Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.
12 Fight the good fight of the faith.
Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called...

Faith is active.

.......I'd love to expand this more but I have two two-year olds calling for my attention......
so.............just think about it.........Faith is Active....there is no 'easy street' or retiring in the Christian life.....and it is a wonderful journey....