Kirsten is 11!!!!!

11 years old today!
What a blessing Kirsten is to us!


Daddy and I have not stopped giving thanks for you,
remembering you in our prayers.

We keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. We pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

We pray this for you and all your brothers and sister.

We love you lots!

In Christ, and for His Glory,

Dad and Mom

Friends and happenings

We have been enjoying time with friends and family. Recently Mikayla, Kirsten, and I went bowling with friends from the home school group we had been involved in when we lived here. That was fun to reconnect.


Mikayla is old enough to start driver's training so the other day I let her practice driving some on Grandpa's farm. Thankfully he has a long driveway! She did pretty well, but top speed was about 13 mph!


Kurt shared at the evening service at Tyrone last night. His message was on suffering. It was really good.


Today we are heading up north with Kurt's brother and his family. We will be in Wolverine , MI for four days. I'll post on that activity when we get back!

Keep us in your prayers for safe travels and restful times!


Fun on the Farm!

We spent this past Sunday with my sister, Meredy, and her husband, Ron.

We shared at their Sunday School Class in the morning. It was a blessing to us to be able to share a bit of what we do in the Philippines with this great group of supporters.

Kurt explaining the DVD presentation!

Ben passing out Davao keychains to the class participants.

Then we spent the afternoon at "Uncle Ron and Aunt Meredy's farm."
We had a great meal cooked by Meredy. No wonder missionaries on furlough gain weight....though we are trying hard not to!

It was fun to see the horses and get a cart ride, too!

Playing with the dog

A Family Picnic

Saturday we had a Symanzik Family Reunion. It was really enjoyable to reconnect with relatives and friends.

Hannah and Kirsten - good friends and cousins!

Picnic scene!

Ben and Michael playing in the sandbox - cousins and friends!

The cousins!

Playing on the trampoline

What's a picnic without lots of food, fun, friendship, eating...?

Happenings Around Here

We arrived in Michigan May 24, late evening.
Some of our friends from our sending church were there to greet us! What a welcome surprise!
Since then we have been busy visiting with relatives and friends, shopping, enjoying cool weather, spoke at our sending church, etc.

Kirsten got her ears pierced today.
Both girls were treated to new clothes by one of their aunts.
Ben is spending an overnight at a friend's house.
We've all had our teeth cleaned. The lack of fluoride in water in the Philippines seems to be causing problems with my family's teeth!!! So we will be shipping back flouride rinse for all of us to use.

Our coming week has scheduled a family reunion, time with friends, sharing at a supporting church, etc.

The plane we flew on.

Layover in Moscow, Russia

My sister, Sarah, met us in Houston during our layover there.

Cousins together

Flying a model rocket

Fishing in Grandpa's pond.

Kirsten with her cousin, Hannah, at their hydroponic strawberry

Mikayla helping Grandpa freeze rhubarb!