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Nate surprised me two weeks before Halloween by suggesting we throw a costume party.  He's not usually the one trying to fill the house!  But I went with it and tried to keep it as simple as Nate wanted in terms of prep and planning.  People dressed up and people brought their favorite Halloween treat.  There were prizes for best costume and best treat.     We threw a bunch of pumpkins around our house, ghost candles and Nate put together a spooky soundtrack.  ...

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I guess I forgot to record this.  And I have better pictures but haven't downloaded from that camera yet.  We took a different approach to Halloween this year.  I decided our kids just aren't old enough for the community Halloween that's organized.  It's a great event but it was just a bit stressful hauling kids in and out of carseats every 3 blocks and Canaan was pretty overwhelmed by the crowd.  My kids are tiny, they are happy with 2 candies and so I took the minimali...

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For the past while the idea of parenting power struggles has been at the forefront of my mind.  Many of the books I've been reading, particularly those devoted to kids more like Canaan, talk about techniques to help avoid power struggles.  I've struggled with what this means for my parenting because on the one hand, when I do try to consciously avoid those power struggles I see a difference.  A difference in my child's attitude and a difference in how I feel toward him - both posi...

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I went to a sermon by Greg Boyd called "Abba and Abasis" earlier today and enjoyed 40 minutes of thought-provoking listening on parenting.  One of his three main points centered around the old African adage, "It takes a village to raise a child."  He talked about how North American conservatives today largely disagree with that statement but demonstrated that throughout history that has been the cultural norm.  In fact, I found it interesting to learn that it wasn't until after WW...

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I was so sad that our favorite photography (and friend) was leaving Quito for good last June.  And so, so excited when she decided to come back for a quick 2 week photography-full trip this October.  No questions.  We booked the first slot we could get.   I'm so excited about this shoot, both for the experience and final results.  I won't soon forget three adults (one carrying a small red bench on his shoulder) and two very blonde kids navigating the crowds around a down...

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It started out as a total fluke.  A family Christmas activity initiated by my brother-in-law.  You never could have told me I'd still be running 10 months later.  After the initial race with my family, I decided that running could be a place where I get to know and marvel at God in a different way.  Where I could see how far He can take me in a very physical way, just as I know He can in other ways as well.   I'm not gonna lie.  I don't like running.  It's not ...

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Can I just tell you that I am so, so, so thankful for our nanny/maid Lourdes.  She is amazing.  We were a little hesitant to hire anyone again after having a mediocre experience with our first one but we got to a point last year when we knew we needed the help or this family was going to implode on itself (or have to cut back majorly in some ministry area.)     Lourdes is so joyful and hardworking and lends an air of peace to our house.  But mostly she just absolutely lo...

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Lest you think our life is fun, glamorous and rewarding save the occasional kiddie tantrum, I'm here to clear your mind of that.  I'm talking about silverfish.  Click on that word and you'll see all sorts of images that leave me equal parts squeamish and enraged because I just spend the last week of my life battling them.   Since we moved into our house I would notice these little creatures occasionally in our bathroom.  They seemed harmless and I figured there isn't much you...

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In between Nate's work schedule we were able to squeeze in one mini, 3 day trip to the beach.  It started off rough with Eden pulling a glass table down on her toe.  Glass everywhere, Eden and Canaan both crying, blood dripping.  But other than a (still) stiff toe and feeling uncomfortable walking on it after night and naps she was soon back to herself.   Highlights of the trip included sand castle building, making mini pools in the sand, playing the "monster" game with new f...

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    On the night of our tenth anniversary we were lucky enough to have Melody with us, shooing us out the door to celebrate with a date.  Nate had booked us reservations at Chez Jerome, a ritzy french place I'd been interested to try.  It was one of those places where you could feel really intimidated by the ambience, especially me when I like to know exactly what I'm getting it.  But we decided to just roll with it and see what happened.  Particularly when the chef...

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