No matter where I am I have friends who are half a world away. I want to stay connected and keep my supporters informed. Some times I will be very busy and only update once in a while. Other times I might bore you with how much I have to say :) Just check back once in a while when you are thinking of me and see what I'm up to!

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Summer Season

 We are in what is technically the summer season, right?  Well, the kids here are still in class until mid July!  And it feels cooler because rains are starting early this year. At least the college students are on break.  Jewel is one of our students and she is staying with us for most of the summer.  We have been talking about values and budget.  Next is dreams and setting goals.

One of the English class teachers is taking initiative to host classes at her house.  It is exciting to see her make it her own but still see some reflections of what I did with them.  If it goes well for her she might start in a second location near her husband's family in another barangay.  I'm dreaming up ways to make it easier for her and more inviting for the kids.

I'm trying to take up gardening,  but I'm not so good at it.  I can pull weeds but sometimes I'm afraid I'm pulling real flowers!  I'm not like Ate Joy but I'm trying my best to not kill all of her flowers...

We started work on a building/shelter in Cagting.  It's basic, but even so the building permit may be more complicated than expected.  At first Jun was told the municipal engineer would be able to simply sign off on the design since it's basic.  Turns out to not be true.  He will check with the local electrician to see if he can help out with the paperwork because truly neither of us know what we are doing.

We are finally sorting out the multiple boxes of donations that arrived in March.  It is looking like we have lots of things to distribute when we go to Mindanao in August... if we have our 4 wheels by then... that is a prayer request because funding for that has been redirected to building so we still need more.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Counting Some Blessings...

As I sit here on this breezy, but hot afternoon I am thinking of all the good things God has done for us.  Often we want to focus on the bad or negative things and the things we don’t have.  I’m trying to instead focus on the blessings.  We recently returned from a wonderful vacation in Luzon filled with good visits with friends and tasty treats.  Within 24 hours of being home we had three pieces of bad news… 1. A twelve year old boy suddenly died from a rare blood disease that is quite contagious, 2. One of our godmothers passed away after a brief sickness,  and 3. One of our dogs is now blinded, most likely from a spitting cobra.

Now it is one week later and… 1. We have not hear of anyone else having symptoms yet, 2. We learned our godmother had a graceful exit not a sad one, and 3. We are all adjusting easily even though Jebol still has some fear upon first entering grassy areas and he seems healthy in every other way.  The blood disease could have become a local epidemic but it’s not.  Mama Beth could have suffered painfully over an extended time, but she is already with Jesus instead. Jebol could have been bitten and died or worse one of us could have been attacked by the snake.

In much more positive news our plans are continuing to move slowly forward. This afternoon someone is coming over to help Jun with some welding on both projects here at the house (well cover and side car for our motorcycle).  Maybe the cover can be finished this week then?  Yesterday we also were able to move lumber Jun had cut last year last year from its origin to our land.  The hope is to use it for framing the mold for the support posts on our shelter.  As long as Jun can find workers the first week of June work will begin.  I am praying that the 8 post can get poured before rainy season prevents it again!

This summer we are also going to try hosting a reading and games time under a temporary tent in the neighbor’s yard here in Juagdan.  It is not as central of a location so it will be a far walk for about 1/3 of our previous students so they aren't likely to come, but there maybe be some who join because it’s closer to them now!  Please pray for wisdom about what stories to share and safety in the games.  It’s been super quiet without kids around all the time.  It will also be nice for the kids to have something fun to look forward to on Saturdays anyway because from what I heard they will only have a 2 week summer vacation.

Monday, October 10, 2022

Catching up...

 I didn't realize how far behind I've gotten in updates!  It's been a fun six months.  Lots of great things going on to keep us going.

I honestly don't remember when power retuned regular but most of Juagdan has resumed service (last i checked a few areas never got reconnected and I'm not sure how that will work out).

We had a longer than usual term and took classes all the way to the end of June and beginning of July πŸ˜ƒ.  Of 90 kids we had 60 who attended 75% or more classes and those kids all got to celebrate closing with us receiving prizes and a small hygiene/school pack.  We also did a movie night with the 12 youth kids.  Mabini was a smaller group but we still celebrated them too.

July and August was just as full even though we didn't have much class for the summer.  I hosted 3 students for crochet club and it was relaxing.  I also met with my teachers once a week setting our next term lesson plans.  The other days I gathered the songs, worksheets, and other activities needed for those plans.

We waited until the second week of September to restart because the last week of August the kids finally returned to face to face classes in their regular school.  So September 10 we started kids class with 40+ participants, two teachers, and two assistants.  That week they split into two groups (PreK-2nd and 3rd-6th) to do letter sounds and fact/fiction lessons.  They will continue to do that every other week through December.  The other weeks they will be all together to do an Old Testament Bible hero story... last week my teachers told me they had 54 kids!

They are also hosting a games and reading class on Sunday afternoon for mostly the same kids.  It's more of a just for fun time with a safe place to come and read and play.  At the same time they high school kids (sounds like only 6 this time around) are doing review of the parts of speech with a project designed for each part.  Example an acrostic of their name using adjectives and sentences describing themselves using adverbs.

In case my choice of words sounds like I'm not there with them that's because I'm not.  I was there the first weekend but then headed out to visit our sponsors.  As of September 16th I've been in the USA.  It's been a strange and yet fun experience.  I'll share some of those joys later...

For now please continue to pray for our participants and teachers as they work through the curriculum.  I think this week is Jonah... Or was it Abraham, I can't remember...

Tuesday, March 8, 2022


 Back in Juagdan we are again in blackout mode.  Still don't have power except by generator and so just charging phones and using a little light to cook by.  Although we had phone and spotty internet for a while it is completely gone again.  We are visiting the Poblacion, or city center for Ubay so we can accomplish a few things like Jun's driver's license renewal online and US taxes submitted.

In more exciting news... Classes have started again!  We have two kids classes and one youth class in Juagdan already and this Friday we will resume in Mabini.

Also in February Jun and I celebrated our anniversary and both birthdays!  We fed a bunch of people at a party and then visited a bunch more with take home containers.  Then the next weekend we went to the city and splurged on a nice dinner and hotel with a pool!

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Just a tidbit...

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Also, we have updated our Amazon wish list if you desire to help out with physical items.  Some are just samples of items we use often and you could find something less expensive if you like (example pens, pencils, medical supplies, ect.) The address connected will send things to my family and they will add to the next Balikbayan Boxes they send.

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Be blessed so you may continue to bless those near and farπŸ’–πŸ˜ƒ