Mikayla and Kirsten

Kirsten and Mikayla are enjoying school.

Mikayla was recently elected secretary/treasurer for the Student Council. She is in band and will be playing soccer starting next week.

Kirsten is enjoying 5th grade. She is learning to play percussion instruments in band and enjoying art class. She's been doing very well in her studies.

Both girls have been enjoying making recipes from the "Redwall Cookbook" Kirsten received as a birthday gift. We are learning the art of substituting ingredients since some of the items called for in recipes we haven't found here (yet...)

Mikayla has become the resident popcorn maker for the family. She has perfected the art of stove top kettle popping, unlike her Mom who tends to burn it every time!!!

I thank God for the daughters He has given me!

Jerard's Smile 2

This little guy's smile just warms my heart so much!!!!

10 Months Old

James and Jerard will be 10 months old tomorrow!
It has been amazing to see how they have changed in the 8 months we have had them.
We thank God that they are both healthy and doing well!

James is very mobile and we are having some baby gates made to help 'baby proof' the house.

Jerard is starting to roll over on his own....3 times in the past 4 days or so! It's good to see him showing more interest in his world, vocalizing more, staying awake more!!!!

Kadayawan Festival

Yearly, the Kadayawan Festival is held here in Davao.

"Kadayawan", a Dabawnon expression for anything that is excellent and that brings great fortune. It is derived from the aboriginal word "dayao" which means good or "madayaw", things that are of great value or is profitable, superior or beneficial.

Kurt, Mikayla, Kirsten, and Ben went to see some of the tribal dancing the other night.

Today Ben, James, Jerard, and I went with Filipino friends to a park near City Hall with native huts set up in them.

This weekend is the big weekend of celebration and dancing.

Scenes from last year's Kadayawan celebration...

Read more about Kadayawan at http://kadayawan.com/?page=home

Happenings in Mindanao

There has been unrest going on in Mindanao.
Official reports are that fighting is 2 hours away from Davao.
Colleagues report it's closer than that.
Pray for the peace of the Philippines.

On a personal note, we are 'safe' in Davao. Security is good and the mayor is very committed to peace and safety here.

From BBC News Website..........

"Extra troops have been deployed in the southern Philippines, a day after separatist rebel raids on several towns left about 30 people dead.

Hundreds of Muslim rebels attacked towns in Lanao del Norte on Monday, looting shops and burning houses.

A spokesman for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said a renegade commander was to blame for the attacks......."
To Read article go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7569664.stm