Hi, This is James, again! My Mom says you all won't be able to come but I wanted to let you know about our party this coming Saturday!

We are having a birthday celebration at our house from 2 - 5. Jon-Jon and I will try our best to stay awake for the whole time!
We are celebrating our first birthday early. Our real birthday is October 26, but our Daddy will be in the United States then.

Mom says we might have 100 people here! What fun!!!!

Thanks for all your prayers for us!

Love, James

p.s. I'm walking now, really good. I keep Dad and Mom, my Ate's and Kuya busy!

Home Schooling Funny

It's really interesting to home school Ben here in a third-world country.
Our workbooks and texts assume a western upbringing!

Ben was 5 when we moved here. His memories of snow and fall weather, gardens, suburban life are dim dream-like memories he has.

It was sort of funny discussing our science chapter on seasons.

Ben's seasons? "Hot" and "Hotter"!

I printed out pics of him when he was little in the snow and playing in the fall leaves so he could visualize what "winter" and "fall" are!!!!

Boneless Bangus

When we first came to the Philippines, friends of ours would eat boneless bangus and I thought it was disgusting to eat a fish that still had it's head on.

But guess what I really enjoy eating now?

Yep! That's right!

Boneless Bangus.

It is lami kaayo!!! (Very good!!!)

Prior to cooking

Grilling bangus

A message from James


My brother and I are almost one! My Mom and Dad are having a party for us on October 18. Our official birthdate is October 26.
But we are celebrating before my Daddy goes to the United States for three weeks.

See how much we've changed since we came to live with our Mom and Dad? We feel very blessed.

I am walking now! All by myself! And I love to 'talk'. I know what I'm saying but my ate's, kuya, and parents don't always understand what I'm saying!!!! Oh well, it's fun to see them imitate me and smile!

I clap my hands when I do something I'm proud of!

Yesterday I even clapped my hands for my brother, Jerard. (Mom calls him 'Jon-Jon'!) He rolled over all by himself. He's doing that quite a bit now.

Thanks for all your prayers!!!!!

Our week or so

Hi! It's so nice having a husband that can fix computer problems! Now I can share some photos from the past few weeks with you!

Bear, James, and Kirsten enjoying a pile of rocks we had gotten to put in the lawn area for mud control

papaya in our yard


Our three boys. James 'kissing' Jerard.

Jerard asleep with his favourite stuffed toy, Elmo

Mikayla and Kirsten '50 years from now' for Spirit week at school. Mikayla plans on being a Grandma baking cookies with her grand kids. Kirsten plans on being an active explorer.

Mikayla on 'Hero Day'. She dressed in military in honor of her cousin Sgt. Jason Cassing who is serving in Iraq.