Flying to Davao

We will be leaving my sister's house in a couple hours to head to the airport.
Our time in the US has been good: busy but refreshing.

The kids start school August 6th. We are looking forward to getting back to our boys!

Mikayla has no fever and no voice either!

Pray our travels are safe. Next time I blog we will be in Davao!

Pray for our trip

Hi, please pray our trip back to Davao goes well. Mikayla went to bed last night with a fever and sore throat. I am praying she is well today before we board the plane at 5:30p; (which is 6:30a Friday morning Davao time).
We are looking forward to seeing James and Jerard again very soon!

Last Morning in Texas

Today we will be boarding our plane to head back to Davao.
We have enjoyed a wonderful visit here in Texas with my sister, Sarah.

Houston sky line

We visited the Houston Space Center. It is amazing to see how big the engines are for the space craft.

My sister took us to Kemah for supper. It is a boardwalk area by the bay. We had good food and good fun!

We spent some time at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Kirsten loved the gems. Ben enjoyed the dinosaurs. Mikayla enjoyed the astronomy section.
We saw a cool demonstration on polymers, too.

At a park near the museum they had a statue of Rizal! He is a national hero in the Philippines!

Aunt Sarah had a birthday celebration for Ben since his 'real' birthday is on August 3rd.

Aunt Sarah took us all to the zoo, too. Although it was hot and felt very much like being back in hot Davao, we had a good time there.

Texas Star hibiscus


Yesterday, Kurt's Dad and Pastor Jim took us to the airport.

Pastor Jim


The kids with Pastor Jim

Saying 'see you later' to Grandpa

It was bittersweet to say 'see you later' knowing 'later' will be 2 -4 years from now.

Unloading luggage

Checking in

It's been a good summer furlough for us.

We are looking forward to holding James and Jerard again soon, too.


We made it to Houston safely. We experienced a bit of turbulence the last 45 minutes or so of the flight due to a storm.
It is good to see my sister, Sarah. She has a wonderful house and has purchased many food items the kids are enjoying.

We are so thankful for the time we had in Michigan with our family and friends.

This morning, our sending church had a time of blessing for us before we return to Davao. They closed the service by singing two hymns of blessing for us.

I didn't have dry eyes as we sang these two songs.
It is so good to have a wonderful church family.


In Christ there is no East or West,
In Him no South or North;
But one great fellowship of love
Throughout the whole wide earth.

In Him shall true hearts everywhere
Their high communion find;
His service is the golden cord,
Close binding humankind.

Join hands, then, members of the faith,
Whatever your race may be!
Who serves my Father as His child
Is surely kin to me.

In Christ now meet both East and West,
In Him meet North and South;
All Christly souls are one in Him
Throughout the whole wide earth.


Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one
Our comforts and our cares.

We share each other's woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

This glorious hope revives
Our courage by the way;
While each in expectation lives,
And longs to see the day.

From sorrow, toil and pain,
And sin, we shall be free,
And perfect love and friendship reign
Through all eternity.