Our New Bio-Security System

We would like to introduce you to the latest addition to our household - Bear. He is a two month old rottweiler puppy and we just picked him up 36 hours ago. Everyone in the family has fallen in love with him and as you can see from the pictures, he is adorable.

Our House

Well, we are moved in to a house now. We are busy unpacking boxes and finally settling into a place for a while after almost 5 months of transitional living. The reality of this world not being our home has settled in my heart!

Moving In

Kurt helping with heavy stuff

It was fun yesterday to watch the kids unpack boxes and 'find' items they hadn't seen in many months with the move from Michigan to here!

Taking a break

Kirsten in her room

Mikayla practicing in Ben's and her room

Our house is in a typical 'mixed' neighborhood...decent housing next to squatter settlements next to nicer houses.

Security wall

Our Neighborhood

Our Neighborhood


Tomorrow, Monday April 2, we will start moving into our rental house.

The painters have been busy painting. Other workers have been busy fixing some plumbing problems, water-rotted ceiling tiles, and increasing the security wall height.

Pray for us as we transfer to the rental house.

We are looking forward to having a house to live in!

We may not be updating this site for a few days until we get our internet up at the house!

(P.S. In Filipino culture it is called 'transferring' if you are moving within the general area of the city or province. We would be 'moving' if we left the area totally and went to a different country or northern Philippines.)

Aliens in this Country

The Bible tells us that as Christians we are aliens and strangers in this world and that our real country is Heaven! I am so thankful for that.

While we sojourn through this life, tho, we are now officially registered as Aliens in the Philippines!!!! We have our "Alien Certificate of Registration" (ACR for short!)

But really, like the saints in Hebrews 11, we are longing for a better country....our Heavenly one!!! I pray you are too!!!!

Hebrews 11: 13....And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.....16Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

I Felt My First Earthquake

I finally felt my first earthquake. We were having dinner with a friend and we all felt it quake for about one minute. Our shades were swaying, some items hanging on the wall were swinging slightly, and we could feel the sway ourselves. But overall it was not that big of a deal. We sat there and talked about it while it happened and the kids kept playing even though they knew what was going on. I guess it is a part of the environment here. If it had been a larger quake we understand that it would have been best for us to stand in a door frame.

The earthquake was a magnitude 5.1. The center of the quake was about 45 miles south east of where we are living in Davao, Philippines. For anyone who is interested, here is a link to more information about this particular earthquake: my first earthquake