Recent events in our household....as told in pics!!!!
Mikayla is giving Ben piano lessons!
James, Jerard, Lola Arlene, Maricel and Ben waiting for Mikayla's band concert to start - 7th and 8th grade band! It was a great concert!
Mikayla and Jeen before the concert. They did a duet together and were wonderful!
Kirsten's favourite reading is the "Redwall" series!
Kirsten had her first band concert the other day - 5th and 6th grade band. They did a great job. Kirsten is really enjoying playing percussion!
Kirsten's class recently made something like stilts out of coconut shells in Philippine Culture class. It's a lot harder than it looks to walk on those things!
The birthday party was a great success! We asked our Filipino friends to help us plan a Filipino-style 1st birthday party. They did and it was a lot of fun!!!!!
James and Jerard, the Birthday Party Boys
PARTY PREPARATIONS - (These are just a few of the many pics I could've put in.)
Ate Bebe, Ate Arlene, and Maricel putting together prize bags and 'take away' bags for the party.
Ben and JR putting up balloons
LECHON BABOY AND OTHER FOOD
Lechon Baboy (roasted pig) is a major food item at a birthday party; along with pancit and spaghetti. This is the pig arriving cooked for our party
Preparing the food spread
Kurt with his bolo knife ready to hack up the pig!
James sitting next to the birthday pig
Jerard with Lola Ruth, our good friend, next to the birthday pig
Our friend, James, cutting up the pig
The pig at the end of the party!
ATE BEBE LEADING THE GAMES
Kirsten in the bubble gum game
I forget the Cebuano word for this game, but it's along the same lines as a pinata. Kids jump up to grab toys that are hanging on a bamboo grid. It's a lot of fun to watch!
BIRTHDAY BOYS EATING
Lola Arlene feeding the boys
James enjoying chocolate cake
FRIENDS.....we have been blessed with friends....Friends who have been faithful prayer warriors during the time Jerard was in and out of the hospital, blessings to our lives here...words fail me as I thank God for all the friends he has blessed us with here....here are some pictures of some of our friends....
Eya was one of the watchers for Jerard during his hospital stays. She flew down from her home near Manila to attend the boys first birthday party.
Ana, a friend from church, a prayer warrior with a special prayer burden and love for Jerard. She has faithfully prayed for him through all his hospitalizations.
Necy, one of the private duty nurses we had for Jerard during his hospitalizations.
Mikayla and Lindsay
Our neighbor, Eddie, and his daughters
Joebert, Gigi, ShariAnn Joy, Rachel
Beth Mari enjoying the festivities!!!
Dennis and Mary
Know that there are many, many more photos I could've put in here!
"......For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild...
Lord of all to Thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise...."
James, the day after the party, enjoying one of the new toys he and Jerard received.
Today we are celebrating James and Jerard's first birthday with a come and go birthday party from 2 - 5 this afternoon.
But today's birthday party for James and Jerard is not just a celebration of their first year of life.
In my mind it is also a celebration of all that God has brought
us through as a family this year.
It has not been an easy transition for any of us, growing from a family of 5 to 7. We have each had our own struggles in this process that God has called us in to.
I am thankful to God for Kurt, Mikayla, Kirsten, and Ben.
Each of us has grown and been stretched in many ways these past 10 months with the addition of James and Jerard to our family.
But our God, who is rich in mercy and grace has enriched each of us. We are continuing to grow in His way, not only as individuals, but as a family.
Kurt asked Mikayla yesterday if given the choice, would she choose to go back to life the way it was in Michigan, or stay on the field as a missionary family. She said, "stay on the field as a missionary family."
We are thankful to God for His calling us into missions.
We are thankful to God for the ways He is growing us.
We are thankful to God for bringing James and Jerard into our lives. They are sweet little boys.
We will post pictures after today's festivities are done!
Thanks for all your prayers!
Hi, Thought I'd share some pics of food we get here...........
Kurt and Mikayla like squid....yes, you can get it fresh, frozen, or canned!
Our milk comes in 1 liter boxes. This is one of the brands of milk we purchase here.
Mongo beans are sort of like split peas in the US. They are really good fried! They are also good in stews and soups.
Fish sauce is used for flavoring in various food dishes.
'Patis' (Fish Sauce), and mongo beans
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.