Three days a week I spend my afternoons at the middle school/elementary library at the school our kids attend.
I teach the K - 5th graders about the library, how to research, etc., and read stories to them. This semester we are reading stories from around the world, learning geography and how to research with encyclopedias. James snapped a few pictures of me today while I was teaching the 5th graders.

Beggar thoughts

Beggar on the sidewalk

common sight.

And I hear His voice

"whatever you do to the least of these, you do to Me."

A coin dropped,

a smile, wave, and "salamat" (thankyou in a local language.)

Such helplessness

I wonder what future the child has

Tears well in my eyes

so much poverty

so much need.

Living here sometimes it's to easy to block it all out.

But may I never become insensitive to the needs around.

31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne
32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates
the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on
his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say
to those on his right, "Come, you who are blessed by my
Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation
of the world.

35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty
and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you

welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me
I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came
to me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty

and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger

and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when
did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' 40 And the

King will answer them, "Truly, I say to you, as you did
*it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me*

-27.9 percent of Filipinos live below the poverty line-even those with jobs don't earn much - a nurse, working 8 hours a day, earns about $9 for the day....a jeepney driver earns about $3 - 5 per day after paying the rental and gas costs of the jeepney...

read more about poverty in the Philippines at

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!!!