Mikayla is Home and Family News.

Mikayla arrived back in Davao May 14th. She'll be taking a one semester leave of absence from Covenant and will stay with us til we fly back to Michigan on December 22 of this year - God willing.

All of James's adoption paperwork is done. Now we are collecting his new birth certificate, Philippine passport and US immigration visa. Prayerfully that should all be accomplished by November. Please be in prayer about this as well.

Mikayla's friend, Joseph Chalmers, arrived from the UK on May 15th and has been staying at our home with us. Mikayla and Joseph were classmates all through middle school (grades 6 - 8) here at Faith Academy. Joseph's family then returned to the UK for Joseph to complete high school in the UK system.

Mikayla and Joseph have been enjoying visiting with other friends from their middle school and high school years and we've been enjoying many family activities.

2 Years

2 years ago today Jerard went to Heaven with Jesus.

About 10 days after he died I had this dream - I have copied it here from my diary writings.

Monday May 28, 2012
2am I awaken from a dream.
Jerard was standing in a beautiful green, lush field, with a gorgeous sun/Son shining. He was standing on strong, sturdy legs and he sang me a song to the tune of "God Be With You Til We Meet Again." It was beautiful. His innocent, child voice, so clear, so strong, so wonderful to hear.
I am standing in Jesus' presence
whole and moving arms and hands
seeing Jesus, laughing, I am whole
I am Jesus' lamb He loves me so
Mom I love you
Mom I love you
thanks for taking care of me
burden lifted off
all's forgiven
I am standing now with Jesus Christ.
Smiling, talking, running, whole
Christ my Saviour loves me so
I know you miss me, cry your tears
I am Jesus' lamb so have no fear
Mom I love you
Mom I love you
Tell my brother James I love him, too
Thank you for taking me
giving life and love
I am Jesus' lamb He's made me whole.

I am so thankful for Jeard, for my visitor from Heaven.

My Current Readings

Hi, The books I am currently reading are these:

"The Hunt for Red October" by Tom Clancy

"Fields of Writing - Readings across the Disciplines" 2nd edition - Edited by Nancy R. Comley, David Hamilton, Carl H. Klaus, Robert Scholes, and Nancy Sommers.

"The Confessions of St. Augustine" translated by E.B. Pusey

"Future Grace" by John Piper

Happy Mother's Day

I am so blessed to be mom to five wonderful children!

Middle School Band Concert

The Middle schoolers recently had a band concert.

Ben is playing trumpet and really enjoys this instrument. He
sounds really good and had a solo in one of the musical selections played! (Proud mama talking!!)

The concert was very nice. I'm so thankful for the band director here at Faith Academy Davao.

I have a hard time shooting a clear photo of him back on stage

James and a couple of his buddies had fun playing with each other before the concert started!