Update posted 12.01.2011
Well, Christmas decorations have already been up for a while over here, but for us November has its own holiday, Thanksgiving. It's great to set aside an entire holiday to thank the Lord for all His blessings and provision, and we have a great deal of new blessings to be thankful for. Our meal ended up being interrupted, though, as God wasn't done blessing us for the day yet, and Elijah Andres Emmons was born at 9:26 PM. At 9 pounds, 4 ounces and 21.5 inches long, he was a pretty big Thanksgiving baby. We are very thankful for everyone who has been praying for us, especially for the safe delivery of our son, who was born without complications at the Mercy Maternity Center - much more comfortable and several orders of magnitude less expensive than the hospital. Mercy is another ministry operating in Davao that is accomplishing great things for the Lord, and our HFTN base is actually the building they ran their clinic in before they moved into their nice big place down the road a bit. So now Roldan has a little brother, and I think he's looking forward to him being big enough to play with, but for now Cathy and I have a lot on our hands with an infant and a ridiculously energetic toddler to manage. Our house is inundated with cute. Also, used diapers. And of course we couldn't be happier. This is the start of a beautiful December. Of course, it isn't Christmas break yet, and there's plenty of ministry to attend to, but it's hard not to feel like we've already unwrapped a present :).
Note: As of June we have a new support letter that outlines our ministry, and need to get it into people's hands, so if you can think of someone you'd be willing to give it to, it would be quite a help to us. The letter can be downloaded here