Ben Is Seven

Ben turned 7 yesterday (August 3).

We pray that he continues to grow in wisdom and grace; that he always seeks first God's kingdom and His righteousness.
We thank God for the blessing Ben is.


Kurt teaching Ben pocket knife safety


Ben playing with a croc at Crocodile Park.


Mikayla, Kirsten and Ben riding a croc!


James and Jerard were enjoying the ride!


Kurt and kids at Crocodile Park


What's a birthday without cake?

Jerard's Therapy

We have been blessed with a wonderful physical therapist for Jerard.
Her name is Liezel and she works at Resources For The Blind, a Christian Mission agency for the blind and their families.

He is starting to show some interest in objects placed in his hands.

His balance is slowly, slowly, slowly getting better.

Pray that he will be able to sit up on his own and roll over on his own.

Mikayla has been coming with me when I take Jerard to therapy. She is getting really interested in Physical Therapy and working with special needs kids.

Praise God he has been staying healthy.

Pray that he won't fall asleep so easily, even while standing!!!

Sleepy Boy

Jerard has a tendency to fall asleep very easily, even during his physical therapy exercise.....this makes it very hard to do therapy!!!! He is not on any anti-siezure medicine so his tiredness is not from that.His physical therapist and us are trying to figure out how to help him stay awake, be alert and get motivated. Please pray with us for wisdom on how to help him.

Summer Break Ramblings.......

Our kids are enjoying summer break (although, here, summer break feels, weather-wise, like fall break, winter break, and spring break...).

Although, you can pray for Mikayla....she's been dealing with on-going sinus infections and sore throats. So have I. It seems to be a 'common' problem here in the Philippines.

School starts up again for our kids on August 12.
Mikayla will be in 8th grade, Kirsten in 5th grade at Faith Academy.

Ben will be in 1st grade at home. We ordered his curriculum from the US and thankfully it arrived already!
His teacher (me!!!) has written out lesson plans for the first half of the school year. We will follow the Faith Academy school calendar. He is very excited to be home schooled this year.

They all have enjoyed playing games on the computer, spending time with friends, having sleep-overs, going to the beach, going on boat trips, going to Isla Reta, learning gamay-lang Cebuano (a little bit), etc.....

Ben is looking forward to his birthday coming up on August 3. He likes to go to Crocodile Park so we will visit there on his birthday!

If you come visit us, we will take you to the places we enjoy....and you'll get to see how pretty the Philippines are for yourself. The photos don't do justice to the real beauty.

Kurt and I continue to enjoy our work and feel very blessed to be called into missions. It is quite an adventure!

Well, those are my ramblings for the moment. I'll write again soon! Now it's time to go make supper!!!!!...


Photo by Kirsten


A scene from last year's visit to Crocodile Park

At the Dock....

Sta. Ana Wharf is the dock we go to to catch the boat for snorkeling or going to Isla Reta. Many ships and boats come in and out of this port.

It's a neat place to see.


Trike Drivers


Ben on a trike


Kirsten on a trike


Coast Gaurd Ship


Lady with wares