Jerard

Hi, this is me, Jerard (also known as Jon-Jon),

I saw a pediatric child developmental specialist this past week. That was an answer to prayer. My appointment wasn't until February 16, 2009! But she had a cancellation so I got to go early. It was fun.

She said I am at a 4 - 5 month old developmental stage. But in the 'performance' category I'm at 7 months development because I transfer objects from one hand to another and can pick up a toy and hold my own bottle!

Thanks for all your prayers for me. I am getting stronger and stronger. I love to vocalize and can be quite loud. Yesterday it was fun to see how loud I could be in the quiet time at church. My Mom didn't think that was so good so she took me out to the play room at church. That was fun. I could roll on the floor then, and vocalize!

A physical therapist will be working with me once a week at our house so I can learn to sit up better.

My brother James likes to crawl over me when I'm lying on the floor. I don't like that so well.

Anyway, that's my news. Thanks for all your prayers.

Hugs,

Jerard (Jon-Jon)

Home Schooling Funny

It's really interesting to home school Ben here in a third-world country.
Our workbooks and texts assume a western upbringing!

Ben was 5 when we moved here. His memories of snow and fall weather, gardens, suburban life are dim dream-like memories he has.

It was sort of funny discussing our science chapter on seasons.

Ben's seasons? "Hot" and "Hotter"!

I printed out pics of him when he was little in the snow and playing in the fall leaves so he could visualize what "winter" and "fall" are!!!!

A message from James

Hi!

My brother and I are almost one! My Mom and Dad are having a party for us on October 18. Our official birthdate is October 26.
But we are celebrating before my Daddy goes to the United States for three weeks.

See how much we've changed since we came to live with our Mom and Dad? We feel very blessed.

I am walking now! All by myself! And I love to 'talk'. I know what I'm saying but my ate's, kuya, and parents don't always understand what I'm saying!!!! Oh well, it's fun to see them imitate me and smile!

I clap my hands when I do something I'm proud of!

Yesterday I even clapped my hands for my brother, Jerard. (Mom calls him 'Jon-Jon'!) He rolled over all by himself. He's doing that quite a bit now.

Thanks for all your prayers!!!!!

Boneless Bangus

When we first came to the Philippines, friends of ours would eat boneless bangus and I thought it was disgusting to eat a fish that still had it's head on.

But guess what I really enjoy eating now?

Yep! That's right!

Boneless Bangus.

It is lami kaayo!!! (Very good!!!)


Prior to cooking


Grilling bangus

Our week or so

Hi! It's so nice having a husband that can fix computer problems! Now I can share some photos from the past few weeks with you!


Bear, James, and Kirsten enjoying a pile of rocks we had gotten to put in the lawn area for mud control


papaya in our yard


James


Our three boys. James 'kissing' Jerard.


Jerard asleep with his favourite stuffed toy, Elmo


Mikayla and Kirsten '50 years from now' for Spirit week at school. Mikayla plans on being a Grandma baking cookies with her grand kids. Kirsten plans on being an active explorer.


Mikayla on 'Hero Day'. She dressed in military in honor of her cousin Sgt. Jason Cassing who is serving in Iraq.