Mikayla has really been enjoying playing clarinet and learning trombone.

Yesterday, the Middle School band had a concert for parents during the day before the band director and his wife go on furlough in a week.

The band director and his wife are fabulous musicians. Mr. Becker has done a great job teaching music and developing the band program here. He and his wife, Jessica, add so much. Jessica teaches music and Bible at the High School.
They are expecting their first baby in a few months. Pray for safe delivery for the baby. Then the three of them will be back in August!

Mikayla and Jeen played a duet. The whole band sounded great!


Ben is feeling beter.
Mikayla is feeling a bit better.
Jerard and James are doing good. Jerard is eating much better and gaining weight. His voice is returning. It is good to see him making progress.
Kirsten is healthy and was wishing she had had a fever like Ben so she could've missed school all week, too!!!
Thanks for all your prayers!!!

...but it's not all calm here....

Ben went to bed last night with a fever of 102. Today he saw the pediatrician who diagnosed bronchitis and started him on an antibiotic and some medicine to help with the congestion and phlegm. He will be home a few days from school! He's also got pink eye. He's a pretty tired young man right now. Keep him in your prayers. It's not often he gets sick like this.

Mikayla has a sinus infection that she in on an antibiotic for since Saturday. She is feeling better and still able to go to school, practice soccer and clarinet, keep up with her studies, etc......

Keep our kids in your prayers! Thanks.

Update on the Calm

Jerard seems to be doing well. His blood work was great. He will have a CT scan next Wednesday to check things out in his head.
His antibiotics are done and his heparin lock is out now!!!

Both boys heads measure 16 inches! Jerard went from 19 inches before surgery to 16 inches!

Today I got some cute pictures of James and Jerard next to each other! Jerard is smiling (as much as he does at this point in his life.)
He still has a lot of 'catching up' to do but we are seeing progress and we thank God for that!

Calm (at least for a while!)

Jerard is gaining weight and seems to be in a medical 'calm' for the moment. No more infections. One more day of IV antibiotics and then his heparin lock comes out.

He has a CBC done tomorrow and will have a repeat CT scan done the week of March 11. But for now, no surgeries!!!!YEA!!!!

James is chubbing out and really enjoys being in the walker we recently acquired! He loves to coo and 'talk'.

Mikayla is playing football! (Ok, for all you USA people, soccer!) on the Middle School/High School girl's football team. She is enjoying this very much. She continues to excel in her school work and clarinet playing.

Kirsten has been excelling in school work. She also really enjoys holding James and helping with the boys. She is truly gifted in art and crafts and loves to create many things!

Ben is reading well. He really enjoys sports and will be playing basketball in the after school program starting after spring break. He is doing very well in school and really enjoys math. He's been in a growth spurt and seems to have gotten an inch or two taller in the past month or so!!!

Kurt's job continues to be a good challenge for him. We feel truly blessed to be over here and involved in the work we are in.