Saturday, March 24, 2012


As school is coming to a close this semester, we had our end-of-the-semester party. What better way to celebrate than two baptisms! Praise the Lord for His faithfulness! 

We started out with Baptisms at Ateneo’s pool followed by a picnic and fun games on campus. Here’s to a wonderful Filipino summer! 

Xander is trying to have red hair like me.

I got my hair straightened for about $3.00 here. It was pretty fun.



Jacob being baptized.

Oh yes. What a happy day!

Buried with Christ in baptism and raised to walk in newness of life.

Picnic after the baptisms!

"All the nations You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name."  Psalm 86:9

dress a girl around the world

This past week, I had the wonderful opportunity to go to the province to do dress workshops with ladies in the Philippines. We taught the women to make dresses from pillowcases. We also gave away dresses women in the States made, donated, and sent. Man, it was a wonderful thing to see. Giving little girls new dresses… there’s not many feelings like that! It was great to see their faces light up! What a wonderful sight! When the girls asked us if they could keep the dresses… it was an amazing feeling to say that they could keep a brand new dress.  They got to choose their favorite color and pattern. Some of the dresses even had pockets… the girls sure did love those! 

The kids loved playing around in their new dresses while the ladies were hard at work learning a new trade. It was great to see their faces light up when they realized that they could make a dress! Some of them couldn’t believe it. Some of the ladies modeled the dresses around the room like they were on a runway in New York City. The others proudly used their daughters as models as they smiled from ear-to-ear knowing that they made a dress for their little girls. 

Overall, the experience was wonderful. I got to see a new part of my country and loved seeing the Lord’s glorious creation. At one point I was looking left at the ocean and right at the mountains. It was nothing shy of glorious. What a wonderful creator we have. 

One of my favorite stories from our time out in the provinces happened as we were driving down the road. We stopped on the side of a mountain where they had a small sari-sari store. We jumped out to take a picture of the pretty scenery… It really was beautiful. As we were getting out, Gloria got out to offer two of the ladies sitting at the table our extra rice and squid from lunch. The ladies were tearfully joyful as they told us that they had been praying for food… since they didn’t even have enough money for rice that day. What a wonderful thing it is to have faith in the One who provides. The Lord is good… all the time. 

Enjoying their new dresses.

Some views of the provinces.

Beautiful girls!

These boys were so much fun!

Beautiful girls in their new dresses!

Walking to get to one of the villages.

Cute girls in their new dresses.

One of the churches.

Haha... look at the little boys eyes! He's looking straight up my shirt!

Ladies making the pillowcase dresses.

The ladies and their dresses.

Sweet girl!

One of my favorite churches! It was beautiful out the window!

Sara and Melissa working hard making scrap flowers and dresses!

These ladies were too funny with their new dresses... they were like models walking down the runway!

I don't know if it could get any prettier!

Rice fields!

So, who wants to get lost in the Philippine jungle?!

Coconuts being carried in a basket by the horse.

Sweet Sara!

Jill- I don't think I could be more thankful for her!

Our last church workshop of the week.

Eating our yummy chicken in the car headed back to Manila.

Road Trip.

Sometimes I wish I did laundry like this.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.”  1 Corinthians 5:17 

painting party

Sophie and Hanna!

These girls have become some of my favorite people in the Philippines. School just ended for the semester, and it's time to enter into Filipino summer (April and May). We had our last painting party before Sophie and Hanna left to go home to Korea for the summer. I sure will miss them! I can't wait until Sophie is back in June!

Beautiful girl. Beautiful painting.

Such an artist!

I love this picture of these sweet sisters!

More of this fun to come at the beginning of next semester in June!

"I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart."   Jeremiah 24:7

Saturday, March 17, 2012

pizza and paintbrushes

These girls are some of my favorite people in the Philippines... and they're Korean! Haha. They live just one floor above me and we have enjoyed hanging out and getting to know each other. We had a blast painting together last night.

"On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”  And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.  But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”" Mark 4:35-41

Friday, March 16, 2012

a good day

There's a mango tree right outside my house. I often see kids trying to throw their shoes into the tree to get the green mango's to fall down. 

Well, yesterday on the way out of my house, there were three ladies that were trying to do the same thing. I thought it would be a nice gesture to help out... seeing as I am almost a foot taller than every lady here. After I explained that I would help, I started jumping up and down trying to reach the branches to pull them down and make the fruit easier access. It was so funny, and we had a blast laughing. We even found a chair for me to jump off of so I could reach the higher ones. We got a few mango's to drop. I am sure I looked like a complete fool jumping up and down grabbing  the fruit... but it was some comic culture relief for the week.

Soon after that, I went to meet with my Korean friends on campus... and lets just say that angels are rejoicing in heaven, because we have two new Sisters in Christ. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness. He is answering our prayers! 

"Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14: 22-33

three expats turn thirty

We had a great time celebrating this week!  Three of my friends, Lindsay, Sara, and Cassie turn 30 this year and this week we celebrated. Lindsay was a wonderful host and we enjoyed yummy desserts, manicures and pedicures at her house.

Just a quick story about the taxi ride over: 

Sara and I decided to taxi together to share the fee, and since we didn't exactly know how to get there, we got detailed directions via text from Lindsay earlier that day. As soon as Sara and I got into the taxi, I could tell that this driver wasn't going to be friendly. He immediately said that I need to know how to get there, because he didn't have a clue. Thank goodness we had the directions. As Sara and I were reading the text to check every turn, we got down to the end and got a little confused. I had to stick my head out the window and ask the locals a couple of times how to get there. They assured us each time that we were very close. Finally, the taxi driver put us out at the entrance of a gate, because he couldn't drive any further into the neighborhood. As we were walking through the gate, I asked some ladies hanging out on the side of the road where the specific street was... they laughed a little and said that it was in the other neighborhood. Apparently this neighborhood has three divisions. We were in the wrong one. Thank goodness, Lindsay's was just down the road. It was an adventure walking to get there... but we finally arrived!

Sara and I walking through the neighborhoods looking for Lindsay's house. Haha.

Such an awesome party!

Sara! Happy Birthday 4 months early!

Charles Angels Pinoy Style.

Freshly painted nails.

Me, Cassie, and Sam.

Love these ladies.