Picking Jackfruit

This is Ben with a small jackfruit. It is not ripe yet but Ben can barely lift it!

One of our neighbors asked me to help him pick some of of the jackfruit from the tree in front of his house. He needed the help because he wasn't so sure about climbing into a tree and safely harvesting 40 to 50 pound fruits -- imagine that :)

Our neighbor in the jackfruit tree. In the foreground is one of the fruits.

A closer shot of the fruit (but this one is still not ripe). The fruit to the left that is within the white bag is the one that we actually harvested. It was larger.

The fruit that we harvested weighed 46 pounds -- and yes, we only harvested one fruit. But at that size, isn't that enough? How much do you think that we eat over here?

Why We Love Lizards!

Lizards are our friends here in the Philippines. Here is our friend eating our enemy, the one inch long cockroach. We keep dozens of our friends around our house at all times (as if we could do anything about it)! Better to have our friends around than our enemies we always say :)


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.