How to Kill a Cobra with a Trombone!

Well, I killed my first cobra today (the picture above is the species of cobra but not the particular snake that I killed). Now, I'm usually the sort of guy who subscribes to the 'live and let live' principle. I don't like killing animals without cause. But when it comes to a deadly cobra that is on the school grounds between classes on the sidewalk, I didn't hesitate to help the cobra die.

Mikayla and Kirsten and I were walking home from the office today when we ran across the admittedly small cobra that was about 8 to 10 inches in length. I was carrying Mikayla's trombone case so I touched the cobra with it to make sure that it was a cobra. The familiar cobra hood came up as the snake turned to face me. That was when I proceeded to pound the cobra to death with the trombone case.

Now, Mikayla's trombone teacher, who is also her music teacher, just happened to be sitting about 30 yards away. So, I had some explaining to do as to why I was pounding the school's property (we rent the trombone) repeatedly into the cement. My justification proved to be sufficient once we all had another look at the dead snake.

Cobras are pretty common here in the Philippines. But, so is sunshine, so we take the good with the bad and give thanks to God.

Birthday Girl

Yes, There is a McDonald's in Davao.

It's not a place we frequent but Kirsten requested to go there for her 9th birthday dinner with some of her friends!

Kirsten, friends, Birthday Brownies, and candles!!


Well, I've shown you lots of vegetation here in the Philippines.
Here are a few pictures of birds! Gorgeous creations!









Eden Nature Park

We recently went with a friend to a nature park about one hour from the city. It is called Eden Nature Park.

So, the saying goes, "move to Davao and you are between Paradise and Eden!" (Paradise Beach on Talicud Island, Eden Nature Park one hour outside of the city.)

It really is beautiful. I am continually amazed and awed at all God has created for us to enjoy here on earth....and it is only a shadow of things to come in Heaven!

Enjoy the pictures!

Better yet, come visit us and we'll take you up there to see for yourself all the beautiful handiwork of God!

Mikayla, Kirsten, and Ben under beautiful flowers!


The colors of flowers here are so vibrant, pictures don't do them justice!

This is called a 'Spirit Tree'; I'll blog more on that later.!

Our kids by bamboo!

Our kids standing on a rock; a good reminder that our lives should be founded on The Rock!

Religious Freedom

Frequently, the malls here have praise and worship songs playing mall wide. One mall in particular also has times of prayer. An announcement is made on the PA and all clerks and most shoppers stop what they are doing to follow along in the Lord's Prayer.
Another mall doesn't open it's doors until prayers have been said over the PA speakers out in the parking lot.
The religious freedom here is really refreshing.