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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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Our actual anniversary fell on a night when Nate had practice. While he was willing to to skip practice I knew those nights were precious with us about to travel for a month. I told him we'd keep it simple and just share some strawberry shortcake when he got home that night. It was mellow and just lovely, which I think is descriptive of our relationship right now. We aren't perfect but we aren't putting out big fires and we are just quietly enjoying each other.  On Friday night Nate arrange...

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This lady turned 39 in early June! My coworker Bryan asked me to attend an ACSD conference with him at Biola in early June. It sounded interesting and worked with our schedule so I signed on. I got excited when I realized it ended the day before my sister's birthday. I went back and forth about whether I could go fly to her after that or if I asked her to join me if that would be fun or a burden but ultimately went for it and was met with an immediate yes from my sister to join me in. The planni...

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You guys. My kids have a great dad. Spirit Week landed while I was in Southern California at a conference. We didn't find out it was happening til I left so there was no plan ahead time and it all landed to Nate. There was twin day where you picked a classmate and dressed as pairs (Eden was batwoman to Evangelina's batman with a homemade mask by Nate, Canaan was a shepherd to Athena's sheep.) Crazy hair day (a classic), 80's day which most impressed me. I was texting Nate pics of 80's looks that...

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