First Class

My first class at Regent on line is going well! I am so enjoying the study and reading.
Here's a picture of the books I have for the first two classes I am taking!

books and folder with class syllabus. Another book is on my
tablet reader.

Star Fruit - Balimbing

Since moving in to the new rental house we've been blessed with starfruit from the tree in the front yard. Recently it's been fruiting heavily and we've been collecting 20 - 40 pieces of fruit daily. I looked up on line for recipes and now have much star fruit frozen in my freezer waiting to be made into jelly and jam!

James picking the fruit before it falls.

I've been researching about star fruit and found out some health benefits are: - it's low caloric - only 31 calories in 100 g of fruit. - it's high in dietary fiber.
-it contains good guantities of vitamin C. - it's rich in antioxidant phyto-nutrient polyphenolic flavonoids. - it's a good source of B-complex vitamins - it carries small amounts of minerals and electrolytes like potassium, phosphorus, and zinc and iron.

If you have starfruit in your area, try one of these tasty recipes!

Star Fruit Chips

2 firm-ripe yellow star fruit (½ pound)
2 cups sugar
2 cups water

Slice star fruit crosswise into thin slices (1/16th inch)
Bring sugar and water to boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Add star fruti, remove from heat and let stand, uncovered for 15 minutes.
Pour star fruit into sieve set over a bowl and drain for 15 minutes.
Reserve drained syrup for making more star fruit chips. (can be frozen).

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Put paper liner, lightly greased, on a cookie sheet. Arrange slices in one layer. Bake until dry - about 1 - 1 ½ hours. Immediately transfer chips to rack to cool.

Thirty Minute Freezer Starfruit Jams

For every 8 oz of jam you will need

1 2/3 cup prepared fresh star fruit 

Ball brand instant pectin

2/3 cup sugar

optional- 8 - 10 sprigs of thyme leaves removed or ½ to 1 whole jalapeno chopped, including the seeds

Stir the sugar and pectin in a medium bowl. Add the fruit and stir for a full 3 minutes. Ladle jam into clean freezer safe containers. Let sit for 30 minutes.

Then keep in the refrigerator for up three weeks or freeze it up to a year.

Star Fruit UpSide Down Cake

4 -5 star fruit, sliced and seeds removed
1/4 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 passion fruit, juiced ( use what you have, star fruit, citrus, etc)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup milk or 1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Arrange sliced star fruit in bottom of a greased 9 inch cake pan as close together as possible.
3. Mix together 1/4 cup butter, brown sugar and passion fruit juice and pour into pan, turning so mixture covers bottom. Set aside.
4. Cream together 1/2 cup of butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beat well.
5. Mix together dry ingredients. Add flour mixture, alternately with milk, to butter mixture. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts.
6. Pour into prepared cake pan. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cake pulls away form sides of pan. Let cool for five minutes before inverting onto serving plate.

Working on Goals part 2

A while ago I blogged about working on goals. I just wanted to update you and let you know that I am starting a masters degree in Human Services Counseling on line with Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Class starts on line August 24th. I am so thankful for this opportunity to work on obtaining an M.A.

Below in information from the Regent University website about the degree I am pursuing. I plan to utilize this degree in member care on the mission field, where ever God leads us to serve.

"The M.A. in Human Services Counseling is designed to equip you with valuable counseling skills for use in ministry, missions or any other type of counseling career where you may practice counseling without a license. Our Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling provides training and practice in interpersonal skills using a biblical framework and helps you prepare to develop the spiritual and emotional well-being of those with whom you interact -- paving the way for a fulfilling career serving in the community and church.

The Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling degree is ideal for individuals who are not seeking to become full-time mental-health professionals but who frequently find themselves helping others and fulfilling the role of "counselor" -- such as teachers, emergency medical personnel, military personnel (especially senior enlisted service members), mentors, coaches and supervisors.

Master's in Human Services Counseling graduates will be able to:

Provide leadership in the integration of sound and ethical clinical practice, skills and techniques, and biblically based values. Promote the enhancement of accurate self-awareness and understanding. Encourage professional development through participation and leadership in professional organizations. Provide studies in the core areas of counseling knowledge and skills to include the following: human growth and development, social (family systems) and cultural foundations, helping relationships (including skills and techniques), group work, research and program evaluation, appraisal, career development, personality theories, and professional orientation and ethics. Provide studies in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders (addictions, psychopathology). Provide comprehensive supervised clinical experience in community agency and school settings."

- from the Regent website - -

Working Towards Goals

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
C. S. Lewis

Psalm 20:4 May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!

Proverbs 16: 1-3, 9 The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Proverbs 19: 21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

Proverbs 21: 5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Call them plans. Call them a "bucket list." Call them goals. We all have them. We all have dreams and hopes.

As I age I've become more proactive in achieving, working towards goals. I apply the twenty minute principle. The adage "slow and steady wins the race" plays through my mind.

It's not enough to say "someday I'm going to ....." Make that someday now. Work on that goal 20 minutes a day. It's amazing what can be accomplished little by little. God used that principle in driving the nations out before the Israelites - Deuteronomy 7: 22

The Lord your God will clear away these nations before you little by little.

It's important to constantly reassess what I am spending time on every day. If I want to achieve any dreams and desires, working to make them a reality is a must. Otherwise, to get to the end of my life with wishes but no fulfilled goals would be a big loser use of this life God has given me.

Ask yourself, what do you really want? If you haven't figured it out yet, pray, ask God to grant you clear vision on dreams and goals, something that gives you purpose and passion for the days He has ordained for you on this earth. And if you're not sure what those passions are, experiment. Research job possibilities, what it takes to hike that trail or achieve that degree. Ask others who've already done it. Get involved with your own interests. It really is up to you to make your dreams and goals and desires come true - whether they be vocational, educational, character development, etc.

Isaiah 28:10 says goals and learning are achieved "precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little."

I am a writer. I've written a couple cook books, have a rough draft of a book about Jerard's impact on my life completed, am working on another book ...all this achieved applying the twenty minute principle. 20 minutes a day writing. 20 minutes a day typing in another book I'm working on. 20 minutes a day, four or five times a week I exercise - working on my goal of maintaining physical fitness and healthy weight.

Proverbs 13: 11-12 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

My "bucket list" of desires and goals is short but doable - publish a book or two or more; record a CD of songs I've written; earn a masters degree in counseling, hike the Appalachian Trail, spend 3 or 4 days in New York City staying at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and see a Broadway show and a concert at Carnegie Hall.

I hope to start my masters degree in counseling on line relatively soon. I am looking into financial aid for that now.
I've also researched hiking the Appalachian Trail and have a desired date to start a couple years out - after we re enter the USA and become re-acclimated with it's culture.

What's your goal(s)? dream(s)? desire(s)?

God says, "I will never leave you or forsake you.
Be strong and courageous.." Josh. 1:5-6

God grants us dreams and desires. But no matter what the dreams and desires are, my main desire, to seek Him first in all I do and say, is the overarching dream and desire of mine.

School 2015-16

School has started!

Kirsten is in her senior year of high school and will graduate May 27, 2016.

Ben is in 8th grade.

James is in 2nd grade. I am homeschooling him and he attends Faith for specials like art class, PE, Philippine Heritage, music and computer class.

Mikayla and I are sharing elementary and middle school librarian duty. I'll be teaching library class to the elementary grades on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Mikayla will cover the Monday and Wednesday afternoon times.

Kurt is serving as vice-president on the school board for this year. We are all thankful for the good Christian International school for missionary children our kids are privileged to attend!
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