Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas

I was looking through Christmas pictures and thinking to myself, 'Hey, our Christmas seems pretty typical, right?' I mean doesn't everyone do stockings and make a huge 'gift mess' and cooked candied yams....and cook their ham in a....rice cooker??? O.k., there's always something that keeps us from being 'too' normal.






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Monday, December 22, 2008

Important Days

Around our house, December is NOT just about Christmas. It's a busy month for the Moffits! First we've got Ally's birthday. She turned the big 7 on the 7th.

Not to be outdone by her little sister, we then have Daisy's birthday, she turned 9 on the 18th.

And then there's Neo. No, he doesn't have a birthday....but he does have a 'Gotcha Day'. We brought Neo home on Dec. 18th 2007, so that is also a special day around here.

And when all the dust has settled from those important days....then we can dive right into Christmas!

Then in January........we can relax.


Daisy, Ally, Britney, Christian and Neo all ready to dive into some Birthday Cake!


Daisy, Ally and Neo-boy posing with their 'Gotcha Day' gifts!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ladies Christmas Party

Turns out, Christmas outings in the Philippines are a much bigger adventure than back home. For one thing, getting anywhere is about 3 hours down a muddy road. Oh, wait, make that 7 hours if the road is REALLY muddy. We're talking so muddy that we ladies had to get out and pull the truck out of 6 bogs! Plus there was the little incident where the steering went out and we 'leaned' up against a bank on the side of the road.

Our little 'steering mishap'

So, eventually, we found a guy who could weld the steering wheel back together, but in the meantime, we ate our breakfast in the banana grove across the street.

Not quite breakfast at Tiffany's, but a banana grove isn't such a bad place to picnic!

Finally we arrived in town. Unfortunately, it ended up being a National Holiday (those happen about every week and a half) and everywhere was packed with people. But, no worries, this was a group of Filipinas...which means the more crowded and the more noisy...THE BETTER!

Me and my beautiful Inay Elsa, smiling for the camera in our new earrings... only $.25, what a steal!

All in all, it was a good day. Nothing went according to plan. We spent a total of 13 hours traveling. We pulled the truck out of the mud 6 times. We nearly wrecked. Well, for an American girl, it was a recipe for a very bad attitude. For a group of Christian Tala Andig woman, it was a recipe for laughter, good attitudes and fun memories.

The funny thing is, I was scheduled to teach a Bible lesson to the group, but because of the chaos of the day, we re-scheduled it for another day. Ironically, I ended being the one who was taught. God taught me that laughter in the midst of chaos is a lot more fun that complaining. He taught me that it's not how smoothly the day goes that makes it a good day, but the people you're spending it with. He taught me that good things come to those who wait, as I watched in awe as my Filipina friend, Jane, worked her cultural magic in every store we went to...and came away with some serious bargains! He also taught me about mud.

That's right. A group of ladies, dressed in their 'city-best', with pants rolled up and mud squishing between their toes as they pull a truck out of a muddy bog...well, that's just got 'life lesson' written all over it. And also, reminds me of a verse about God lifting us out of the miry clay and placing our feet on a solid rock. Hmmm. That verse has new meaning!

The adventure never ends.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Our Weekend At The Ubaans

We spent the weekend with our friends, Benjie and Jinila, here are a few pictures....

Jinila and I and her daughter, Chin-chin, in the 'kitchen'.

The 'guest room', minus one guest, Josh. Yes, we did in fact all fit!

Meal time. Simple, yummy, satisfying.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Food

I've found that the longer we live in the Philippines, the less American food we eat. Mainly, because it's easier to cook up a big pot of rice and then cook up a few vegetables to throw on top then it is to go through the 37 thousand steps it takes to make lasagna, salad and breadsticks.

So, I thought I'd share some of the Moffit's favorite rice toppings.

Now, I do NOT consider myself a good cook. Over the ten years that I've been a wife, I've learned to cook, and of course, living three hours down a muddy road from the closest restaurant, take-out or microwaveable meal has also helped force me to learn my way around the kitchen.

So, if you are Mrs. Fancy Chef, please click out of this blog and continue browsing www.reallyhardandfancygourmetrecipes.com, but if you want to learn a few easy rice meals, read on, my friends....

1. Pork and Potatoes:
Cook up a big pot of rice.
Topping:
Brown ground pork, garlic and onions in a few tablespoons of oil.
When cooked, add 1 cup peeled and cubed potatoes,
1/2 cup chopped carrots,
1 large can tomato sauce,
2 bay leaves,
pinch of oregano,
salt,
pepper,
1/4 cup soy sauce.
Simmer until potatoes are tender, serve over rice.

2. Adobo
Cook up a big pot of rice.
Topping:
Marinate 1 lb of chopped up (skins on) chicken thighs in,
1 cup vinegar,
1/3 cup soy sauce,
1 tbsp. crushed garlic,
pinch of oregano,
1/2 cup brown sugar,
pepper,
salt,
1 bay leaf.
Throw it all in a pot, cover with water, simmer until it's almost dry (about 1.5 hours)
When done, add a bit of water to make it saucy,
Serve over rice.

3. Our family's favorite: Sweet and sour meatballs
Cook up a big pot of rice.
Brown 1 lb of pork meatballs.
When cooked add,
1 1/4 cup ketchup,
1/4 cup brown sugar,
1 tbsp soy sauce,
1 tbsp lemon juice,
1/4 cup water.
Simmer 15 minutes.
Add one can of pineapple tidbits.
Heat through.
Serve over rice.

Enjoy!!


Friday, November 28, 2008

Family Photos and Thanksgiving



Oh, aren't family photo shoots a blast with THREE kids...but, wonder of wonders...we got a few good ones!


Thanksgiving - it looks a bit different at our house. All of our family is a bit on the 'brown' side, but because of Jesus, they are really, truly family!! And, of course, along with turkey, rolls and mashed potatoes...we need to cook up a big ol' pot of rice!

We really have SOOOO much to be thankful for:

1. Family- immediate, extended, adopted, in Christ.
2. Health.
3. Clothes on our back, food in the cupboard.
4. A car to drive.
5. Clean water to drink.
6. An education for our kids.
7. A God who loves us.
8. A Savior who saved us.
9. And my personal favorite...as of two weeks ago...a hot shower!! Wahoo!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Visit

We just had a visit from our 'field leadership'. Well, that's their official title, we just call them 'friends'. It was so nice. So refreshing. And so wonderful to have a whole weekend of English conversation!!

Thank you, Roans for coming in.

Neo and his friend.


Josh getting some help fixing up a cabinet.

A game of 'baseball' to finish up the weekend.

Friday, November 07, 2008

The Kids...

Daisy,
Ally,
Neo.





Monday, November 03, 2008


Fun Times

Birthday parties. Tala Andig birthday parties have nothing to do with the person having a birthday. There's no hats, no cake, no gifts...just lots of people and lots of food! We love being invited to a birthday. It generally happens on the spur of the moment...like at 4:00 in the afternoon someone will come to the house and say 'dinner at our place, see you at 5:00!'. We have learned to become very flexible!! :)

Fruit is always a hit. We live in vegetable land, but there isn't a lot of fruit. So, when we go to town we stock up! Last week, 3 friends and I (and Neo) had a watermelon eating party...Neo, I think, had the most fun!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

This and That...


A visit from Neo's Social Worker, DayDay. This was a big deal for all of us. A big deal for her to have to take a trip into the mountains, and a big deal for us, as it means we are one baby step closer to Neo's adoption!


Ally and her Tatay Carlos. We love our Tala Andig friends and the way they in turn love our kids!


A friend on his way home from work.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Home again, home again...

Josh just got back from a whirlwind trip to the states. God provided a chance for him to go home and visit an uncle who is sick. It's hard being so far away from family, but God knows when we're needing a quick visit home, and that's just what he gave Josh.

Josh got to eat all his favorite food, play video games with his brothers, see his pregnant sister, play basketball with his brother-in-law, and of course spend a great couple of days with his uncle and aunt and their boys.

Now he's back home. Refreshed, renewed and ready to start making Mark Bible Lessons in Tala Andig!!




Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ten Years!

Ten years of marriage equals:

2 daughters,
1 son,
An exciting life overseas,
Lots of laughs,
Lots of tears,
Lots of trust,
and
faith
and
growth!

(and this anniversary - a little bling for me! See bottom photo)



Friday, September 12, 2008

Lice..... AAAGGHH!!!!



So, it turns out that America is one of the few places on earth where people are more scared of lice than they are of, say, pit bulls.

Josh and I rolled laughing the other day when we got a missionary update from some friends who have just returned to the states and are going through reverse culture shock. They said, 'the church held a kids program right next to a park where there have been cougar sitings, and noone seemed to mind. But, when some of the kids were found with lice, the mother's burst into tears!'.

For us in the missionary world, lice is just a part of life. Sure, we take care to keep it away, but it's a bit like trying not to get a sunburn when you live in New Mexico - or trying to stay dry when you live in the northwest.

Here in our village, picking lice is a very important part of the social structure. They have words for baby lice, medium size and the big un's!. They have a word for if just one person is picking one other person, or if they are all in a line, picking each other. A mother's reputation can suffer a blow if her kids are known for having bad lice, in other words, Mama's not keeping up with the pickin'. Whereas, other people love to have their heads picked, just because it's relaxing.

So, we go through a lot of lice shampoo, we use herbal remedies, we wash blankets and pillows frequently, but at the end of the day, there's always a few survivors!

Don't worry, next time we visit you, we'll make sure we're lice-free, but if you come to visit us.... you might want to bring your own pillow!! :)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Things we love to do....


I love it when the Germans arrive!! Every month or two, a visiting German doctor and his 3 or 4 Filipino companions arrive in Lapok for what they call 'the rolling clinic'. It's a free clinic and it draws lots of people! I get to help take blood pressures, and I love it! I love to get to 'play doctor' and it gives me a great opportunity to see new faces!



The girls love weekends. It's 'friend time'. We generally feed 5 or 6 of their friends every Saturday and Sunday for lunch. It's a great time for Daisy and Ally to deepen their relationships and even practice their Tala Andig.



Josh loves hanging with his mate, Paul. we love our co-workers, and we're going to miss them so much this next year while they're back in Oz.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

30!

Tomorrow I turn 30. So, here are 30 things I'm thankful for:

1. A God who made me and loves me.
2. A good husband.
3. My beautiful kids.


4. Life and health.
5. My extended family.
6. Friends who pray for me, write to me, call me and make me laugh so hard my stomach hurts.
7. Flowers.
8. The Tala Andig people and all they've taught me.

9. A nice house that keeps me dry and comfortable.
10. The fact that I never go hungry.
11. Coffee.
12. Silas, my nephew who drowned this week, and was resuscitated through CPR.

13. Email and skype.
14. The people in my life who love me enough to correct me when I'm wrong.
15. Indoor plumbing.
16. Spaghetti and meatballs.
17. Our truck.
18. The neighbor kids who bring me flowers.
19. Fog on the mountains.

20. My home country and all it offers it's citizens.
21. Face cream.
22. LBC and a sister who knows how to use it.
23. Parents who tell us how proud they are of us.
24. Truth and the freedom it brings.
25. Hawaii.
26. Tax refunds.
27. Skinny jeans.
28. Peace that surpasses all understanding.
29. Rain.
30. That I'm not 40 yet!!!!!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Bringing Home Baby... make that babies... make that baboys!

What's a baboy? A pig, of course. And we now have two! Two little runts.

Josh has a way of helping his Tala Andig friends by having them raise pigs for him and keeping part of the profit. Well, Benjie's pig just had 15 piglets! Two died, which leaves 13. But, the sow only has 11 teats, which makes 2 poor little runts.

So, in an effort to teach our girls a lesson in compassion, we now have two little, bottle-feeding piglets - Charlotte and Cherry.

It will be a miracle if they survive, but at least we will have tried!

The adventure never ends!!



Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Kids....


Neo: Still the cutest little boy around. Has just started climbing (that's fun!). Can say 'please', 'no-no' and is working on Daisy and Ally's names. We are looking forward to meeting with our Social Worker and Lawyer next month to schedule a custody granting court date. Please pray with us about that!


Daisy and Ally: Just started first and third grade. Doing GREAT. Love wearing makeup, skirts and skateboarding (quite the combo, huh!). They are understanding the language here more and more all the time, but still struggle to speak it. They are currently learning life lessons about hard work and managing money. They are such good girls, and we LOVE them!! Please pray for Daisy and Ally!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

A Classifed:

Wanted:
One able-bodied, sound-minded, God-servin, children-lovin, TEACHER.

Rachel, has been with us for 7 months now, helping us homeschool our daughters. But, at the end of the year, she will return to her home country of Australia, and we'll be 'teacher-less'.

So, interested in coming to the Philippines and being a 'missionary/teacher' for 9 months - one year?

Why, you might ask, do you need a teacher? Well, having a teacher frees Josh and I up to:
* Finish language study
* Help with the translation of the Bible into Tala Andig
* Help prepare and check Bible lessons
* Help disciple and advise the Tala Andig church
* Help with the medical/clinic program
* Teach through the newly translated book of Mark

We need help!

Please email us if you are interested and we'll send you more details.
josh_moffit@ntm.org
A Rainy Day!



Monday, July 21, 2008

Potato Harvest

Tala Andigs start bringing their kids to the field as soon as they can walk. This little guy helped stack potatoes, put them in sacks and of course played a bit of 'war' with his digging stick as a gun and his cousin as his 'enemy'.

There really are potatoes somewhere in that field. You've gotta dig for em' though! It's hard work!

Filipinos seem to be a lot more 'bendy' than Americans. They can squat for hours on end. When we try that, our legs fall asleep within three minutes. So, needless to say, we tend to walk away from a harvest a lot dirtier than our Filipino friends.