Kurt is Home

Kurt arrived safely back in Davao early Wednesday morning our time (for Michiganders it would've been Tuesday evening).

The kids are thrilled to have their Daddy back home.

He has jumped right back into his work and language learning schedule which has helped him overcome jetlag quickly!

Thanks for all your prayers for his safety while traveling!

Christmas Decorating

Decorating the tree

The kids talked me into putting our Christmas decorations up this past weekend.

Lots of people here have their decorations up September 1! That's also when the stores and malls start playing Christmas music.

We set our tree up in an alcove of the hallway where babygates protect it from the pulling hands of James!

Nothing like setting up decorations while sweating from the heat (95 with high humidity!)

Kirsten and Ben with James after the tree is decorated


Mikayla is on the girl's Middle School Basketball team. Her uniform number is 12.
They played a scrimmage against the girls High School team the other night. It was a good first game for them, even if the high schoolers won. Many of the girls on the Middle School team have not played before.

Mikayla wasn't sure at first when she joined the team if she'd like it, but now that she is gaining more basketball skills she is enjoying playing.

Prayer time at beginning of game

Running down the court

Game action

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!