Lessons from the Rocking Chair

James has decided that naps are not what he needs during the day.

But in the interest of sanity for his Mom and himself, he definitely benefits from a nap/rest time after lunch.

In trying to establish that routine in his life I spend some time after lunch rocking him gently and patiently in order to help him relax and rest.

Yesterday he spent about 40 minutes complaining "no, let go", wiggling, kicking, trying to get me to release him from my arms.

As I rocked him I wondered what spiritual lesson could be learned from this event.

How often am I enfolded in the loving arms of my patient, heavenly Father while I kick and scream, "no, let go..I don't want to do what you're asking me to do", only to have him continue to patiently hold me and wait for me to relax and be at peace with his way.?

When I take the risk of obedience, I find solid rock and peace.

John 14:27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Just as James finally fell asleep in my arms for a much needed nap, may I always rest in my Heavenly Father's arms.

Psalm 131: 2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

First 'Official' Haircuts

Arlene and I took James and Jerard to the barber shop today for their first official haircuts.

James was very serious during his haircut!

Jerard started out ok but then cried through most of his cut.

Road Scenes

While in the states, many asked how traffic was in Davao.
Here are a few recent pictures from this weekend of road traffic on a main road in Davao.

Classic....note the big bus being followed by a motorcyclist and
and three guys on bikes, and a jeepney.

Two-tier truck loaded with pigs heading to market and/or the
slaughter house.

Traffic scene

Looking into the back of a filled jeepney

While stopped at a traffic light (yes, there are traffic lights in
Davao!), James started waving at the baby girl in the truck
next to us!

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.....

Yesterday morning I prayed that we would be able to obtain a bed for James that had rails on it......

Yesterday afternoon we were given a bed for free - a toddler, twin size bed!

"Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost."

Shortly after Arrival

Holding James and Jerard shortly after returning to Davao

How good it was to hold James and Jerard again when we arrived here on August 1.
James clapped and said 'Mommy' when he first saw us at the gate.
Jerard smiled broadly when he heard my voice.

What a blessing these two are!