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We had a short school break and wanted to spend time with friends, but nobody wanted to have to travel far. Because 3 of the 4 of us travel quite a bit for work, sometimes it's nice to not travel. We decided to book an airbnb in the Guapalo neighborhood of Quito for some quality family/friend time. It was a relaxing time. We spent a morning at Guapalo park, where Canaan joined a family day playing soccer and tug of war with a friendly Ecuadorian family. We ate caprese pasta salad while swatting ...

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This Halloween was all about the last minute costumes for me, but it all worked out! We did our Living and Learning Halloween party a day early. The RCs turned one of the houses into a big Clue game, which was a fun way to start off the event. I went as a News Flash, which was a crack up to plan because Nate was at soccer practice and I asked Lourdes, our house helper, to tape me into the newspaper. There was no Spanish translation that was going to work with this costume!       O...

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Canaan: 3rd grade, Miss Ruegsegger, likes Geronimo Stilton books and Ninjago, has a few missing teeth. Eden: 1st grade, Miss Teal, an avid reader of Thea Stilton, likes weddings and Barbies, is starting her 3rd year of ballet.   Add new comment...

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We love our friends and family in the US. Time with then is ALWAYS worth the 18 hour fly days, packing, sleeping in different beds and more. But there is NOTHING like walking into your own front door, smelling the familiar smells and sinking into your own pillow. Canaan especially loves being back in his room. And Eden is so, so happy to see her buddy puppy Olivia.   Add new comment...

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How do I even begin to describe how much work my parents put into having us visit? Especially when it's all ten of us at once. I know there were months of planning activities and meals and beds and we SO appreciated it. My parents' home is absolutely my kids second favorite place on earth after their own home. In fact at the end of this trip Eden was really upset about leaving and expressed her desire to have Babum and Nona give us their home so we could move in. She wanted them to buy the house...

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We spent our last two nights in Chicago as the Runyans' first guests to try out their new airbnb basement redesign. The redo is beautiful and we always have fun sleeping in our old queen bed that we gave to them when we moved to Quito! (It's a whole lot nicer than our used mattress here.) It was sweet of them to set that time aside. I love how graciously Ella and Edie invite our kids into their lives and rooms and toys and more. We started out with a trip to the River Forest Pool where everyone ...

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We spent three days in Indiana at Nate's parents' house. Dan and Melody are so gracious and always seek to give us such a welcoming space. Their friend had offered use of their lake cabin, just about 30 minutes out of town, and we spent a whole day there. It was perfect weather and we spent the majority of the day playing on the Lily Pad, a totally new lake toy for us. There were lots of laughs at getting the adults to fall into the water on it. Canaan tried kayaking for the first time on his ow...

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I have a really nice husband who likes me a lot. We decided to try this experiment of the fastest Home Assignment ever. We took a regular 12-week trip and pared it down to just 4 short weeks. We didn't know if it was a good idea but we agreed we were both willing to try it and assess later whether it was a win or a fail. But in all of that planning and looking closely at days and realizing how few we had, I let Nate know that my dream day that we had missed out on last visit to the US would be t...

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This summer we spent four weeks in the US, connecting with our churches, supporters, friends and family. Chicago was a whirwind of activity from the time we left for the airport til we headed off to our next stop. We stayed with Matt, Tina, Nolan and Siena and were met with giordano's pizza to settle us in for the first night. It was such a gift for them to offer their home, moving Siena out of her bedroom and into theirs, and allowing us to descend with older kids and a busy schedule. Trul...

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We planned a final beach trip as a way to say goodbye to EBB. Nate ended up having a trip to Honduras during this time but Passmores, EBB, Bryan and I rented a penthouse condo together. Bryan was gracious to drive me and the kids down and I enjoyed reconnecting with him after a summer apart while the kids watched movies in the back. He got a good taste of life when Eden started sobbing when Tarzan got too sad. We drifted between work talk, chill moments and then some intensely personal topics. D...

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