School Year 2009-2010 starts!

Another school year starts.

Every year, the school has a main verse or passage as it's 'foundation verse' for the year.
This year's passage is 2 Timothy 3: 14 - 17

14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom
you learned it, 15and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

This is my prayer for our children as well.


The front of Faith Academy


Ben, ready for 2nd grade


Kirsten, ready to start 6th grade! A middle schooler now!


Mikayla, ready to start 9th grade! The High School years begin!!!


All three ready for the first day of school


Kirsten with her 6th grade friends.


Ben and class leaving the opening assembly to go to class.

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!

Ben is 8!

Ben is officially 8 years old today. We had a family celebration for him. One present he said he received was to finally be over his fever this afternoon. He is feeling much better.

Ben is a blessing and we thank God for him!

Return to Davao

It is an unuwally pleasant, low-humidity morning here in Davao. The sun is shining. The streets are full of the noise of motorcyles, jeeps, a jet is passing overhead, birds are calling in the yard. There is a pleasantness about being back in our house here.

Jerard is vocalizing a lot and in such fun. He is a happy boy.

James is calling Kurt 'Daddy' and interupting Kurt's reading time.

Ben still has a fever but feels better than yesterday. They did some blood work on him yesterday at the out-patient clinic but we won't know results for a few days.

Mikayla has a slight fever and no voice. She seems to have some sinus issue going on.

Kirsten is enjoying playing with James and being back home.

All of us feel better after sleeping well (8 - 10 hours) uninterrupted last night.

Today we will have our own family church time since we don't want to take the kids out with fevers to church this morning. Then we will work on unpacking suitcases.

I'll post pictures from our return soon.

Back in Davao

We are back!

The air flights were turbulent.

When we arrived in Davao Ben was stopped at quarrintine due to a slightly elevated fever. (99F), He and Kurt had to go to a local hospital for a throat swab to see if its that H1N1 flu. So as I blog this I have no news on what the dr. at the hospital is saying Ben has.
As a Mom I can tell you that Ben has a bad case of being overly tired from 2 days of travel and not sleeping well on the plane and all he really needs is to come home and sleep.

Pray for us. We are glad to be back. It is so good to see James and Jerard. James clapped when he saw us at the gate.

We are also tired and this having to take Ben to ER for a slightly elevated temp seems a bit over kill to me.....

After a good night's sleep things will look much better.