Shopping at a Roadside vendor

Durian- a fruit that tastes like a cross between onions and garlic - people usually either love it or really dislike it. Kurt, the kids and I are on the side of not liking it!

Mangosteen - yummy!!!!!

Sayote - a less expensive alternative to baking with apples. Also good for using in recipes that ask for zucchini or summer squash

Pomelo - a wonderfully sweet, grapefruit like, fruit.

An ox and driver passing by with a cart. Note the cart has no wheels.

Mikayla's 14th Birthday

Mikayla is 14!!!!!!!!!

The years have gone by fast from when she was a baby. Now she is 14!!!

What a blessing she is!

Chicken Anyone?

The live chicken area at the market is an interesting spot.

Here you can pick out your chicken,

take it home to kill it yourself or keep as a pet,

or have them kill and clean it for you.....fresh meat!!!!

But hey, since Mikayla knows how to kill chicken we could take it home live and have her kill it!!!! (search our blog for article and pictures of Mikayla killing a chicken!)

Call To Missions


The kids and I just listened to an excellent message by John Piper
entitled "Proclaiming the Excellencies of Christ, Not Prosperity, Among the Nations."

Take 38 minutes and listen to it!

All Saint's Day

November 1 is a big holiday in the Philippines.

All Saint's Day.

"Araw ng mga Patay" (Day of the Dead, All Saints Day and All Souls Day) is also known as Undas, taken from the fact it is held on November 1. During All Saints/All Souls Day, the Filipino tradition is to visit the cemeteries and pay homage to their loved ones. The usually solemn cemetery takes on a party atmosphere, with selling of balloons, food, family reunions at the gravesides of loved ones.


For Kurt and I, November 1 holds personal meaning....

6 years ago we buried my Mom on November 1.

2 years ago Kurt's Mom died on November 1.

My Mom helping Mikayla with a craft quite a few years ago

Kurt's Mom with Kirsten and Ben, a few months before she died

"For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.
Alleluia, Alleluia!"