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For the second year in a row, we spent Easter morning up on the mountain in Calacali.  A 5:45 am (note that Canaan was awake before us and sitting patiently downstairs waiting to see if he could open his Easter basket of goodies) wake up to sit on a blanket next to a fire, some cows and a rustic, 30 foot tall cross that's been erected.  A view of the mountains, the valleys, the farmland and wildflowers while singing some simple hymns and choruses about the resurrection while surrounded...

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Easter came up quicker than expected and we had no plans  except for Sunday.  I knew it would be our last chance to get away because Nate will have a game every Saturday/Sunday until August.  So even though it was last minute I was desperate to find something and I came across this little gem just three days before.   A short 45-minute drive away from the city (on a holiday weekend anyway) sits Tumbaco.  It's a suburb to a suburb of the city and because of the altitude d...

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I have a brave husband.  He took our two toddlers to the beach for three days while I was away.  That's a 5 hour each way car drive with the little ones.  He's a great and adventurous dad.  Here are a few shots from his time with them.                 Boogie boarding, riding their "caballo" (horse) and digging holes.           The kids definitely lucked out because Dad bought them a lot more GEAR than their mom ...

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I went down to a local market about 20 minutes away and bought my first round of burlap.  Of course there are a million fun things I'd like to do with my burlap but just to get started I sat down and made a few of these vases.           Simple, five minute craft that adds some of that rustic, femininity to any room.         And a great way to show off my beautiful ranunculus that are popping up in my planters!         Cut burl...

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A new friend texted Nate asking to go camping together.  And I am always supportive of NATE going camping.  So I said sure.  Go.  And then something changed and suddenly part of camping was getting the "wives" to come along to.  And that is not something I'm supportive of.  But we all have to take one for the team sometimes, right?   Never mind that it's rainy season.  That it was my vacation days and camping never seems like a vacation, just a lot of hard...

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Just for my record I need to write down how we celebrated my bday way back in late December.   Nate & the kids let me sleep in and then made french toast after I got back from my run.  They gave me their gifts.  We did family stuff in the morning, including Nate finishing off installing a Christmas gift he made for me and has been working on (off and on) since August.  Projects completed are a gift in themselves to me.  The kids napped and we relaxed.   In the a...

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My first time returning to the US after our move to Ecuador, I felt my throat get a little choked up just walking through the Houston airport.  The air smelled and felt different, even in the airport and part of that feeling of being "home" had set in.  Never mind that my husband was back in Quito.   The next time I felt this happen I was standing at New Life Lakeview in Chicago and the worship team had just started playing.  I felt tears building in my eyes and soon rolling ...

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Right now my babes are tucked into bed at the beach with their dad and Gustavo, a friend.  Meanwhile I'm spending some wonderful time with my parents but I sure wish I could be in two places at once.  There is about nothing we like doing better with our kids than spending time together at the beach.    So while they soak up the sun and I sit in the frost I might as well document our last beach trip.  We left the day after Christmas for 3 days of sand and sun with our fri...

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Yes, E's hair is out of control. And yes, dad dressed them the same today. And yes, mom is out of the country right now... so give dad some slack. They did have fun though...     2 comments...

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Christmas Eve Day started with some precious time cuddling with Canaan in his bedroom and using popsicle stick puppets and the Jesus Storybook Bible to talk about Jesus' birth ... 4 times in a row!  Eden got shots on the 23rd so she slept in late, giving us that extra time to concentrate and be able to do something for Canaan's longer attention span.  It was a sweet time with him.  And a sweet day with Eden who was extra snuggly and spent a lot of time curled up into me with a hur...

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