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.

Job 23

My Bible reading schedule has me reading through Job right now.
This passage from Job 23 has struck me, again.
I can just picture Job standing on his ash heap like a soldier at attention and saying that though his world seems to be falling apart, he knows he is being held in the loving arms of his Saviour.

When we were in and out of hospital with Jerard this passage became very special to me.

I've been talking with our kids about hard times in life.

God does ordain them, but He is there. He knows what He has planned. He understands our moods......

And eventually in our Christian growth we get to the place where, though we don't enjoy the heat, we relish the Refiner's fire; knowing it is for our good and growth and for His glory.

God is with me....
He knows the way I take
and when He has tried me I shall come out as gold.
My foot holds fast to His steps
I am keeping His way - I am not turning aside
I am not departing from the commandment of His lips.
I treasure the words of His mouth more than my portion of food
He is unchangeable
What He desires, He does
For He will complete what He has appointed for me and my family.
and many such things are in His mind.
Therefore I am terrified in His presence.
When I consider Him I am in dread.
God has made my heart faint
He has terrified me
Yet I am not silenced because of the darkness
nor because thick darkness covers my face (Job 23: 10 - 17 - paraphrased by me)

EDSA Day

Based on Proclamation 1841 , which Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo released on July 21, 2009, EDSA Day Special Holiday will be observed on February 22, 2010 (Monday) in the Philippines. This holiday will only be for students. As for the rest of the workforce, it's an official duty day. Therefore it is a WORKING HOLIDAY.

EDSA Day commemorates the first bloodless revolution in the world -- PEOPLE POWER REVOLUTION on February 25, 1986. Millions of Filipinos from all walks of life, took their sentiments in the busy street of EDSA (acronym for Epifanio de los Santos Avenue) to support the cause of freedom.

Feb. 22 is the Monday nearest Feb. 25 and is declared a special holiday for all schools.

From: Pinoy World

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.

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...."