Beth Mari

Beth Mari turned 1 year old while we were in the USA. (July 3)
Our friends, James and Jocy had us over for a belated party with
Beth Mari.

Beth Mari

Friends enjoying good food and fellowship!

James riding Uncle James' motorbike backwards!

James and Ben on Uncle James' bike!

Kuya Ben giving Jerard a 'dirt bike' ride!


James and Jerard are a lot of fun....enjoy some pictures!

Enjoying Ice Cream!

Jerard enjoyed feeling the cold ice cream and rubbing it on his chest.

James' favourite stuffed animal is this Tigger.
At nap time and night time, Tigger has to be with him or he
can't/won't go to sleep! It is adorable to watch him cuddle with

Jerard's balance is getting better and he can actually sit
in the rocking chair without slumping down and out!

Jerard's favourite item to chew on is string of any kind!

James came up with this idea all on his own.
He put the wheels of his scooter over the brace of the stroller
so that while Lola pushes Jerard in the stroller, James can
have a ride, too!

Play time. Jerard plays in a box to keep him sitting up right.



Psalms 127: 3Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD...

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!