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.

Coconuts

It's always amazing to watch our neighbors climb up a coconut tree to get the nuts out! No ropes, no ladders, just notches in the tree!

Fun in the Sun

Saturday we went on a snorkeling trip with colleagues to Talicud Island.

We stopped at two snorkeling sites - one called 'Coral Garden' and one called 'The Wall'. When I'm snorkeling I feel like I'm living out a National Geographic special. The scenery under the water is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

We ate lunch on the beach at Talicud Island. It was a lot of fun.
And for the first time our family survived a day on the ocean without sunburn thanks to sunscreen sent to us from the states!!!!! We were happy about that!!!!!

Friendship Builder

It's amazing what 2 scooters, a water hose, and lollipops do for building friendships!

This past weekend Ben went outside our gate and started playing with the neighbor kids who live next to us in a squatter area.

These kids are a lot of fun.

They really enjoy using Ben's scooter and they love for me to water them with the hose.

We are praying to continue building friendships with our neighbors!!

Bomb Blast in the Philippines

You may have heard something about the bomb blast that took place in the Philippines today. The blast took place in Manila which is about 600 miles north of where we are living. Just wanted to make it clear that the blast did not occur anywhere near our location.