Nap Time Anyone?

Filipinos take naps where ever they can during break time.

Jeepney drivers will nap in their jeepneys, workers nap on tables or benches in their work place,..........

.....and this construction guy is napping on top of his machine!!!!!

(you can't see it in the picture, but his co-worker was napping on the sidewalk next to that machine, too!!!)

A View from our Veranda

This was the sight that greeted me Monday morning at 5:05 a.m.
What a beautiful sight to see early in the morning....reminding me that "The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:3

This sight was just the beginning of a blessed day in which we got to speak with our sending church family in Michigan through Skype. (It was their Sunday evening service time at our 7:30a.m. Monday time!)
What a blessing to see faces and hear voices of friends we hold in our heart dearly. We felt a mix of homesickness and joy as we spoke with our friends and shared about our life here.

" The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy."

Activities on a November Day

Kirsten and Ben have joined the after school sports being held for K-5 kids at Faith. Currently we are doing football. In the US this sport is called 'soccer'. (But I really think 'football' is a better term!)

Next quarter we will play baseball, and then fourth quarter will be basketball. (I say 'we' because I and two other Moms are heading up the After School Sports Program for the kids!! It's fun!!)

The Middle School had a band concert last night. Mikayla played a duet with one of her school friends as part of the concert. The music director here is a blessing. He does a great job with the kids.

Family Blessings

Well, we now have a teen ager in our family!

Her birthday party was a lot of fun.

We are thankful to God for each one of our kids!

We are also thankful to all our friends and family for your prayers, support, letters, packages....we are truly blessed.

"Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way--in all your speaking and in all your knowledge...Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful."1 Corinthians 1 : 3 - 8

13!!!

Mikayla turns 13 today.

When she was a baby I remember praying as I held her that God would ordain the circumstances of her life and that of any future children we'd have to know that there was more to the world than "white, middle-class Americana". God has richly answered that prayer. What an adventure we are on.

Mikayla is growing in wisdom and grace. She is a blessing to us and others.

Last week she and I went on a three day mother/daughter retreat. We had a lot of good uninterrupted talking time, time to swim, play games, and discuss various issues. It was a very enriching time for both of us as we celebrate her entry into the teen years.

We pray that God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, will continue to give her the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that she may know him better. We also pray that the eyes of her heart may be enlightened in order that she may know the hope to which he has called her, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.