September is “officially the unofficial” start of Christmas season here in the Philippines. It begins with the first “-ber” month, not to be confused with “brr” months as those north of the equator might think, because, well, it’s never “brr” here, unless the thermometer decides to drop below about 75 degrees. I know the States have pushed their start… Read More Aaaand…Christmas is HERE!
Things have been tough the past few weeks. I miss my kid, who has been back in the States for a little over a month now. I’ve been missing friends in the States on a level I haven’t felt since being here. Finances have been tighter than they have been in a long time. Our… Read More Thankful
I realize Starbucks is a very polarizing company. There are basically two camps. Camp Number One loves Starbucks, cannot live without their Starbucks fix, flits from street corner to street corner, getting refills of their caramel hazelnut half caf mochacchino without whip, and of course, posts pictures of each and every cup on Instagram. The… Read More The United Church of the Brewed
Tomorrow we fly to Manila to put our oldest kid on a plane headed to the States. She will finish her final high school year there, amongst the friends she grew up with, in an environment she is well adapted to. Except for one minor detail, we won’t be there. Obviously, we always knew this… Read More 17 Years…In the Blink of an Eye
I’ve been around the internet long enough to know one thing. All respectable websites, blogs, and photo albums have one thing in common. Cats. So here’s mine. One Year Ago… This… entered our lives. It wasn’t exactly a graceful entrance, but after having this rug live with us for the past year, I’m not surprised. A… Read More Cue the Obligatory Cat Photos!
Rainy season has officially begun. Our rainy season is a bit different than the stereotypical Asian monsoon, dumping feet of rain in hours for months on end, and for that I am eternally grateful. We live in the rain shadow of Mt. Apo, which blocks most of the incoming storms, but she’s not invincible, and… Read More Dancing in the Rain
So, this morning I woke up, stepped outside, rescued a stray kitten and fed ten orphans. Then, I walked down the road, prayed for a dozen people and saw them healed of leprosy and cancer and scabies and blindness. Finished off the morning (after eating a breakfast of local exotic fruits that not even the… Read More What Makes a Missionary?
While I go to Agdao primarily to visit my kids, I have inevitably met several of the residents, just by walking by their houses or businesses. The same people are usually there, people in this neighborhood don’t travel far. Most I know just by face, I don’t know their names, families, or what exactly they… Read More Jupiter and Mars
So I recently realized that in all these posts, I have never really laid out what we do on a regular basis, and it’s really the basis of my next several posts. We live in Davao, Philippines, and we own a small bag manufacturing business. This is what we did in the United States, and… Read More Life!
S & R, the newest shopping experience has arrived in Davao! Similar to Costco, S & R brings American style shopping to the Philippines. We went to check it out this afternoon along with three of our employees, and seeing American consumerism through the eyes of locals was a real eye opener, for all of… Read More Shopping in Bulk Has Arrived in Davao!