A Cultural thing....

Our passports needed renewing.
While we were able to fill out the application for renewal on line, in order to pay for the renewal Kurt had to fly up to Manila to pay in cash at the US Embassy.
So, he left on the early flight this morning and will return this evening.

Fresh Eyes

It has been wonderful having Grandpa Symanzik here over the holidays to visit with us.

experienceing a power outage with us.

It is refreshing in many ways when family visits us here.


Grandpa and James on Jerard's swing

One thing I enjoy is seeing the world around me with fresh eyes.

What becomes common place and ordinary to me as I see it on a daily basis is cause for wonderment and questions from a visitor.


a grave dug by hand





fancy next to not-so-fancy







beggars on the walkways











It was a blessing for the grandkids to have time with their Grandpa! So thankful for his visit.

Grandpa is here!

Kurt's dad is here to visit for the holiday season! We are so happy he is here! And, as an answer to prayer, he brought me a camara!!!


Grandpa is here!

Kurt's dad is here to visit for the holiday season! We are so happy he is here! And, as an answer to prayer, he brought me a camara!!!


Christmas Devotional


"Once a year the Christmas season strikes both the
sacred and secular spheres of life with sledgehammer force:
suddenly Jesus Christ is everywhere.

For approximately one month His presence is inescapable.

You may accept Him or reject Him, affirm Him or deny Him,
but you cannot ignore Him.

Of course He is proclaimed in speech, song, and symbol in all
the Christian churches. But He rides every red-nosed reindeer,
lurks behind every Cabbage Patch doll, resonates in the most
desacralized "season's greetings." Remotely or proximately,
He is toasted in every cup of Christmas cheer.

Each sprig of holly is a hint of His Holiness, each cluster of
mistletoe a sign He is here.

For those who claim His name, Christmas heralds this
luminous truth: The God of Jesus Christ is our absolute future.

Such is the deeply hopeful character of this sacred season.
By God's free doing in Bethlehem, nothing can separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

Light, life, and love are on our side.


The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son,
and they will call Him Immanuel - which means, "God with us."
Matthew 1:23

from: Manning, Brennan. (1997). Reflections For Ragamuffins.
Harper Collins Pub. New York, New York. December 1 Reading