We were thrilled to host a friend from the States for one week. Elizabeth VanDrunen made a stop in The Philippines as she “travels the world”. She is from the Chicago, IL area, and has been living in MI, teaching grade school, for several years. She recently just spent 3 months teaching English in a foster home in India. She is making a few more stops at various places before making her way back to the USA. We had a great time with her, and our kids thought she was a blast! 🙂
The day Liz arrived, we visited the American WWII cemetery. It was neat, and a bit sobering, to see the history there.
Another night, we went up to Cloud 9, to get a great view of Manila.
We also went out to eat and Liz got to experience a bunch of Filipino food! 🙂
One morning, the ladies went out – Liz, Sharon Kleyn, Kirsten, Kiley, and I. Sharon helped us on our first jeepney and trike rides! We checked out a very well-known Catholic Church, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage; walked through some street markets; looked at a cemetery; and went to a wet market.
Other activities included swimming, walks through the neighborhood, Thursday night doctrine class, church, and Tagalog classes. Liz also spoiled our kids by doing tons of crafts with them. 🙂 We really enjoyed our time with her and look forward to seeing her again someday.
One other noteworthy event is the arrival of a surprise package. Yesterday we received a box from Doon, IA! It was a very welcome surprise. They titled it “a box of sunshine”, with everything in it following a yellow theme. There were some silly things and some very thoughtful things, and our whole family had a lot of fun unpacking the various treasures. Many, many thanks to the families who had a part in that!