Kirsten's Apple Stack

We have a myriad of wonderful fruit here in the Philippines, but
apples still rank as an all-time favorite with Kirsten!!!!!!


One day I'll post a picture of the squid balls you can buy here.
But today, Mikayla tried spicy squid from one of her friends at school....and she really liked it!!!!

Our Kids

Our children seem to be doing well here...enjoying school, friends, packages sent to them!!!!...

Mikayla recently went on a week long field trip with the Middle School to Corrigador. I will have her blog soon about her experiences but she sure did enjoy it!

Mikayla sailing Davao Bay

Mikayla with friend on Corrigador trip

At the mall on a rainy day

Kirsten is playing soccer, enjoying school, the beach, and being creative in art and play.

Stacking animals

Kirsten enjoying her boa

Helping each other off the boat

Benjamin's stomach issues still trouble him but not as frequently as they had been. He is able to play soccer and enjoy play time with friends and family.

Playing with a friend at the mall on a rainy day

Capitan Ben

Playing with Mom

Continue to keep them in your prayers! I am thankful for God's grace in their lives as they make this major transition to the Philippines.


Talking to the receptionist at the pediatrician's office yesterday she said, "It seems in United States people are always racing against time. Here we do not."

That is one of many things I am really enjoying about the Philippines; everything moves at a slower pace. People take more time to talk with each other. I have enjoyed having coffee with friends on a once or twice weekly basis, the helpfulness of merchants, not feeling rushed.

I guess I'm learning to step off the race track and stop racing against time!!!!

A Permanent Place to Rent

We have finally located a house to rent. The house is located about a 5 minute walk from the office where I am working and the school that the kids are attending. The house is situated on a double lot so there is some yard for the kids to play in. There are three bedrooms upstairs and another downstairs. There is plenty of space of visitors (that is a hint for our relatives and friends).

We will be moving in around April 1 so we have a little bit to wait yet. In the meantime, we have started to purchase some bigger ticket items for the house like a fridge, washer, desks, beds, etc. Most of what we have purchased so far we bought from another couple who are leaving to go back to the States so they had to sell everything in their whole house. That saved us a lot of time going store to store. Fortunately, the office where I work has an bodega (storage shed) which has enough room for us to store everything until we move in.