Tuesday, December 28, 2010

SuperDave

Josh and I are lacking in the carpentry/handyman/anything that involves a hammer department. But, we know a guy who is a whiz at that sort of thing. So, with tool box in hand, he came and spent 2 days fixing up the place. He started by re-doing the laundry area. Now, laundry 'rooms' here are a bit different than a laundry room back home. Our washing machine is great, but it's a wet, sloppy process, with the clothes needing to be taken OUT of the machine, rinsed by hand and put back in again! So over time, the laundry area has basically rotted! But, those days are over, thanks to SuperDave.
The old, rotten cabinet
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This is what they found under it, ants and rot!





A more waterproof laundry area!



And he even made us this beautiful new table (with a little help from Neo, of course!)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Mini Missionaries

Josh and I are the official missionaries, but our kids never cease to amaze us with their own 'missionary' work.
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I came home from a Bible study the other day to find the girls on the sidewalk playing Uno with a group of kids. Kids ministering to kids! Very cool.
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Another way the girls help out is by putting together all of Josh's Bible lessons on Sunday mornings. He needs about 25 copies assembled, which he passes out to the Bible teachers.




The kids also help us look after visitors, help with sick people, and help around the house too! We are so thankful for these three wonderful little mini missionaries!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Paper Cranes

Daisy did a unit on Japan, and learned about paper cranes. One of her projects was to learn how to make a paper crane, teach her family, then work out how long it would take her to make 1,000 paper cranes. And how long would that take her? 58 hours!




Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Pets & Pests


I love my new kitty....and my new kitty's fleas love me!


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Scholarly Ally
Ally has been working hard in school this year. She's an amazing 3rd grader! She tries her hardest, writes neatly and has even designed her own experiment!






Her experiment? "Is yeast the only agent that causes bread to rise?" She tried baking bread 4 different ways and discovered that although baking powder works, yeast is still the best.



The final product

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Halloween! (a little late)



Josh swingin' his toolbelt in the 'knock the cups off the table' game



Neo 'fishing'



Daisy baking some heavenly cookies

Monday, November 15, 2010

Little Things

Who doesn't love little things?! Well, here are a few little things that have made me smile recently.
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Being able to help with our beautiful friend and neighbor's birth. Here is little Clint getting his first bath by his adoring Aunts.
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Another little life. This one and his mommy barely survived childbirth, but here he is the next day, alive and well and so, so precious!

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Who doesn't love a kitten! Here is 'Conan' bonding with Josh.
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A cute, little boy on a cute, little chair!





Monday, November 08, 2010

Playing Outside


Daddy and the girls hanging their new birdhouse that they made together. No birds ever actually lived in it (I think due to the fact that the wind kept it constantly spinning and the bird may have thought it was a carnival ride), but it's made a beautiful home for our new little kitty (yes, we took it out of the tree first!).
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Neo 'helping' his Apu mow the lawn.



Daisy planting and weeding.




Three little Moffit birds in their little Moffit nest.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Random Tasks

My life is surprisingly ordinary. Although I live on the top of a mountain somewhere in Asia, and I spend about 60% if my time functioning in a foreign language, I still do everyday tasks. I wash dishes, potty train kids, work on the computer, watch sitcoms. But, my life does give me some strange opportunities to do some random tasks.
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Like the other day when Manang Diding came over to ask if I could remove some stitches left over from her goiter-removal surgery.



Or last week when I spent the entire evening pushing corn kernels off of the cob, to use as chicken feed.


Those are just a few examples, but there are more. Like picking lice, buying fish off a motorcycle-riding-fishseller, running downstairs to turn off the hot-water heater every time there's a black-out (which is a few times a week), etc, etc.

Ah, all in a day's work!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Clouds
We grew up in foggy place. And to this day I love clouds and fog. So, I'm very thankful to be living in a place that gets fogged in on a regular basis.



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Daisy
Daisy is now in 5th grade, and busier than ever. She's either doing homework, cooking, watching her brother, sewing, playing on the computer, or a myriad of other tasks. Here are a few peeks into Daisy's world:

Daisy was climbing the citrus tree a few weeks ago and got her first bee sting...actually stings! We have a kind of bee here that doesn't leave his stinger, making it possible for him to sting over and over again. She got three nice stings on her face. In this picture, she's just a bit red in the cheek, but the next day her face was so swollen she looked like she was sucking on a jawbreaker!



Daisy did a unit in school on New Zealand, here she's teaching us a lummi stick routine!



Then, she did a unit on Australia (can you tell she's studying the Eastern Hemisphere?). She made some delicious, lamingtons. They were a bit flat, but taste DELICIOUS!!!




Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Time to Cry....A Time to Laugh

August has held a lot of tears. But, there is a time to cry and a time to laugh. So here are some things about August that have made me laugh (or at least smile!)

A picture of Josh preaching, that looks like he's singing! 'Amazing Graaaaace...'

My friends on the doorstep singing Happy Birthday and bringing flowers!

My kids!

Riri, my little friend who comes to our house every day at 4:00 to eat a nutritious meal and have a glass of milk. After one month, he's starting to fatten up and looking so handsome!

Friday, August 06, 2010

I Said, 'What About Breakfast at....Joshua's'

My studly husband holds a weekly Bible Study/Breakfast on Saturday mornings with about 6 of the Bible teachers. Each week they do a rough overview of each book of the Bible. Josh even gets up at 5:00, cooks the rice, meat, eggs, etc!!

Benji, stop grinning at the camera, you're ruining the shot!

That's better, very serious!


Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Pahina

Pahina means 'working bee'. And now that I have an 'iskwila' - a kid going to school, I get to attend the monthly working bees at the school. All the moms bring their machetes and we chop the grass by hand!! Not your typical PTA activity in the states, I'm guessing, but it gets the job done! And it makes me laugh too.

Marita chopping, while Manang Idi chit chats.

Proof that the white woman knows how to wield a machete!

The finished product, one big ol' sack of chopped grass!
Ally's Heart

My middle kid is a bit of a sassy pants at times. But, she has a tender heart. If you ask her what she wants to be when she grows up she'll tell you all about her plans to open a children's home in the slums of Manila. She even drew up a floor plan the other day, and her and her sister made a model of it with boxes and tape!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

All In The Family

Neo happens to have some of the world's coolest cousins. And it was only a matter of time before he followed in their footsteps......

Cousin Silas

Cousin Hunter

Neo!!