It is 11:30 at night as I write this. It is raining, 76 degrees, and there is a slight breeze. As Kurt and I stood on the deck enjoying listening to the rain and watching the toads hopping in the grass, he says to me, "I'm cold."

That's scary!

Hot Water

Hot water is not a given here in the Philippines. Most showers (at least for expats) will have a heating unit on the wall that the water runs through to heat up. (Notice the word 'most'.)
Another thing that is not a given here is good water pressure.
Most showers are also equipped with a bucket of water and a dipper for rinsing off just in case the water decides to stop running!

The kitchen sink water is not heated.

How Great Thou Art

O Lord, My God, When I in Awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed....
When through the woods and forest glades I wander

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;

When I look down from lofty mountain granduer

And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze....

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How Great Thou art, How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.

Holiday Pictures

We have experienced a great first Christmas in the Philippines. It was hot, 90 degrees plus high humidity.

We started our morning with opening stockings. Then read Luke 2 and did the advent candles. Opened gifts, played a bit of soccer and basketball, cleaned up and enjoyed a wonderful dinner with friends at their home.
Our kids are doing well. Thank you for all your continued prayers and gifts. Here are some pictures to share with you from our first Christmas here.

Ben with his new punching bag

Mikayla with her new guitar

Kirsten with her new dog

Good friend and good coffee

Gwapo bana - Handsome husband


This area is a study in contrast. Lots of poverty, a bit of wealth. Residential and commercial right next to each other .

Squattor's shack

Another style of house

Very few homes look this nice

Mt. Apo Range in background