Well, our paperwork is supposed to show up on Friday.
In the meantime Kurt has gotten sick with a fever (100 - 101.5) and doesn't feel well. He's been sleeping most of today.
Please pray our paperwork really does show up on Friday.
Pray Kurt gets well. Pray that Mikayla, Kirsten, Ben, and/or me do not get sick!
The girls are winding up their last week in school with many exams and projects, so they've been busy.
Ben and I have taken a lighter load for schooling this week to devote more time to packing, buying supplies for our helper, James, and Jerard to have while we are gone, etc.
Friday night is an end-of-year ceremony at the school to celebrate the 8th graders graduating Middle School and moving on to High School. They have an 'after-ceremony' party til midnight then.
Knowing that God is the one who ordains all the circumstances of our lives, I am learning to rest in His love and care. What good would fretting do anyway?
Matthew 6:27- 34 excerpts...
"And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?.... Therefore do not be anxious,... your heavenly Father knows that you need...but seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
We are counting down the days til we fly to the USA.
We are looking forward to reconnecting with family, friends and supporters in the USA.
We also hope to stock up on some items that are hard to get here.
Please pray for us as we travel, speak at churches, spend time with family and friends.
Pray for James and Jerard, too. Since they are still foster children we cannot bring them with us on this trip. Our friend and helper, Arlene, will be staying with the boys at our home. We know they will be well taken care of, but we will miss them.
Yesterday (Monday), our kids thought they were just going to have a 'normal' day - go to school, homework, etc.....
But as their Daddy drove them to school he took a wrong turn (hee hee hee!!!)
We (Kurt and I) had planned a family 'sneak' and we took the kids on an outing to Eden Nature Park.
Up in the bukid (mountains) it is cool and quite refreshing to go up to.
We hadn't had a family outing in quite a few months and our family really needed a change of pace for a day. To say that the past 5 months or so have been extra challenging is an understatement. But our God is faithful and we are thankful for all the experiences He has designed for us to go through.
Lola Arlene cared for James and Jerard while we took the three older kids on a 2.5 mile nature hike, swimming, and picnic.
We thank God for the opportunity to enjoy His great nature and for the refreshing time for our family that we had. It was a great time of enjoying 'cooler' weather, reconnecting as a family, talking, laughing, enjoying nature, exercise, etc....
The Middle School along with 5th graders recently put on 'Tom Sawyer' play.
Mikayla participated in ticket sales and make up.
Here she is having fun with Mr. Saint prior to the play.
Kirsten was Sally. She did a great job. She said she was really nervous but she spoke her lines well and loud!
The play was very well done. I am thankful for these opportunities for the kids who attend Faith Academy Mindanao!
We just found out there there is a paperwork snafu regarding a certain SRC form (Special Return Certificate) that we need in order to properly leave the Philippines and subsequently return to the Philippines in early August. Without getting into the details, we need your prayers that this snafu works out successfully. Please pray that we all get the Special Return Certificates that we need before our departure on May 23rd.
Thank you for praying with us.