Saturday, March 22, 2008

Justin faces the world!

Justin is now big enough to turn around and face the world in his baby carrier, and he LOVES it! Of course, everyone else loves the interaction, too...
He also loves perusing the philosophy section of our favorite bookstore...

Monday, March 10, 2008

Growing Justin

Yes, Justin is growing and growing and growing... thought we'd share some of his exciting moments over the last few weeks...Although he sometimes fights going to sleep because there are so many exciting things going on, Justin is a great sleeper... always sleeping at least 3-4 hours at night between feedings! And he's continuing to get more consistent. :)Justin is quite a popular little guy wherever he goes. This was him during his first APNTS chapel, listening to Grandpa Lee preach. Since Justin is the ONLY baby on campus right now, he's constantly surrounded and being spoiled by his many 'aunts and uncles.' We're so blessed to be part of this community at this time in our lives. one of Justin's many cute and funny faces.... if you want to see more of his faces, go to and search for 'brianwoolery' to see video footage of our growing boy. Well, as you can see, Justin is growing quite rapidly... now weighing more than 14 pounds (6 kilos) at 6 1/2 weeks.... we're getting our exercise!Since we use public transportation to get around Manila, this is how Justin gets around... he loves accompanying his dad on walks and sleeping while we go shopping. one of Justin's favorite places to take naps and play with toys....

Justin loves to snuggle in his lion towel after bath time.
This was his first attempt at wearing shoes... really cute, but they kept slipping off. :) As you can see, he got a little attitude with his trendy fashion style (onesie and sandals... it's huge in Paris now)!
He started smiling a few weeks ago and just can't seem to stop! I think he's starting to figure out that when he smiles at everyone, he just gets more attention, which he LOVES. :)

quality father-son time....

looking SO handsome for church on Sunday. :)

Well, in case you haven't guessed, we're having SO much fun with Justin. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we learn how to be parents and balance work and family... I'm afraid Justin is quite the distraction from school and work! :)

Brian's Ordination

On February 4, Brian was ordained as an elder in our denomination, the Church of the Nazarene. If you're not Nazarene, here's a very simple explanation of what that means... :) Even though we've been in active ministry for a few years now, our church has a process you must go through before you are officially ordained. A certain number of years of schooling and service are required before you are eligible for ordination. You must then be approved by your District Assembly. The ordination is a formal recognition from the church acknowledging your work to this point and your commitment to future ministry. Our church membership is still on the Micronesia District, but the ordination service was held here in Manila. It was a very special time because Brian's parents were here, and Justin made one of his first public appearances, being only 13 days old. :) The service was very meaningful with prayer for each of the people being ordained, along with their spouses.
It was made even more special for us when Dr. Middendorf, the presiding General Superintendent, asked Lee, Brian's Dad, to pray for us and to present Brian with his certificate of ordination.

It was also very nice to share this time with our fellow students from APNTS and our friends here in Manila. Our friend Laura from Micronesia was also ordained, so it was great to be with old friends, too. Oh, and now that Brian is ordained, you can call him REVEREND Woolery. :)

Dr. Jesse and Susan Middendorf, us, and Brian's parents

Micronesia group - David and Naomi Phillips (District Superintendent), Laura (youth/music/children's pastor in Guam), us, David and Helen Ann Bucher (pastors in Saipan)