Wednesday, April 25, 2007

April 2007 Kids Korner

Upon our return in January from stateside assignment, we moved from Butuan City to Davao City. Our thanks to many of you who prayed specifically for our kids during this time... it seems to have been a smooth transition!

Wendy & the girls attended our annual home schooling meeting in February. The girls both participated in standardized testing and came through with flying colors... that's affirmation for a home schooling mom! They were also involved in mission projects. The older group (Krysten) did some landscaping at a local elementary school while the younger group (Betsy) held a half-day backyard Bible club for some local Filipino children. They both had a great time!
At the meeting the older students were also encouraged to prepare an oral presentation to share with the group. Using what Krysten had learned while in the US this past fall, she did a great job highlighting basic techniques vital to good singing. (see picture)

Krysten has found her niche in ministry through volunteering weekly at a local orphanage. The hours spent holding & feeding babies, playing with toddlers, and helping in the kitchen are highlights of her week! Over the Easter weekend we even brought a baby home with us. As a family we enjoyed lovin' on this little one and look forward to the next time!

Our son David is once again living at our organization's dorm in Manila while attending 10th grade at Faith Academy. Having been in Alabama for the first semester, he quickly got back into the flow of things when we returned to the Philippines. It was great to have him home for a week in March during his spring break (see picture)... we'd gotten used to having him around again after being in the US! He's enjoyed being a referee for Faith Academy's elementary basketball league these past couple months... gave him an opportunity to use his basketball knowledge while earning a little extra spending money! He's continued studying piano and is preparing for an end of the year recital in May.

First grade is almost over for Besty. She has had a great year and learned so many new things! Her main job these days is feeding our puppy, "Bravo." She has also enjoyed being involved in activities at Faith Academy Davao... playing soccer (see right) and going on a field trip to a banana plantation! (see left) The remainder of her days are spent jumping on the trampoline, riding her bike & scooter, and playing with friends... life is really good when you're 6 years old!

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