Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Babies, Bread, Beetles, Etc.
 
Can you see the bunch of bananas the sunlight is streaming through?
I love 'shiny' mornings!
 
Boy and Lang flying their newly made kite.
Thank God for Lang-lang!

"Mom, look what I found!" Needless to say,
Mr. Beetle spent the rest of the school day with us. 

Neo's best buddy finally home from the hospital!!


We love it when babies come to visit! 

Ally teaching a 'conflict-resolution' class

Daisy's bread. Mmmmm, delicious!

A visit from Lang's brother!
 
The most beautiful tree I've ever seen!
Malaybalay is full of these during hot season!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Learning
 
My experience has been that missionaries spend the majority of their time learning.
 
It doesn't end after your first month in the country, when you've finally learned how to use public transportation and pay your water bill. It doesn't end after your first few years in the country, when you can finally have a conversation in your host country's language, or better yet, tell a joke! It doesn't end after you've taught the Bible, built an orphanage, fed the hungry, or whatever it is you came to do. There's always something new to learn.
 
I'm glad there's always something to learn. I think the day I stop learning new things about this country is the day I should probably go home.
 
We're on our tenth year in the Philippines (can you believe that!?!?) and we still learn new things everyday. Here are a few....
 
Our latest discovery - Sepak Takraw. Wow, wow, wow. It's unbelievable. I feel so sad that we're JUST NOW learning about this sport. Amazing.
 
 
Last week Josh (and Neo) learned to make 'sikwati', a Filipino version of hot chocolate. It's delicious....as long as you're not expecting it to taste like Swiss Miss.



I have been on a rather steep learning curve these last 4 months. My friend, Nanay Rebecca, has taught me SOOOO much about Filipino culture.


Of course the kids are learning more than any of us. They are turning into quite the history and geography experts, not to mention that some of them have started to dabble in Algebra. But, not all learning takes place in the classroom, sometimes first grade happens outside!


And sometimes, we learn things together, as a family. Here we are studying 'geography' and 'historical games'. O.k., o.k., we're just watching the Olympics. Go Michael Martinez!


But the most important thing God has been teaching this missionary lately, is just how much I need him. I'm not a quick learner, but He is so patient and merciful and I'm amazed that I get to learn from the ultimate Teacher!