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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We did our 2nd annual tradition of participating in our neighborhood Christmas Party.  Nate was coaching a game that day so it ended up just being me and the kids but it was a great way to entertain them without Nate's help.  We were the first ones there (again!) and the kids took advantage and bounced away in the bounce house.  They also laughed hysterically when the bounce house came down with them inside when they cut the electricity to get the lights going on the tree.   ...

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The day after we cut our tree, we continued our second annual tradition of tree trimming and hot cocoa with marshmallows in it.  There was a lot of spilling but it's a cozy little tradition.  Another tradition might be how fast Nate gives up on getting any decent picture of the kids in front of the tree after it's done :)             4 comments...

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  Eden was had a fever and couldn't attend Jack's bday, but Canaan was sure to bring home a mask and cape for her too.     Saw a masking tape maze on Pinterest that I mentioned to Nate, came home and this was Canaan's bedroom.  He loved it and many trains, trucks, cars and animals made their way through the maze.  I love that Nate did such a good job.  It would have been smaller and simpler and annoying if I had done it!     This girl is so full of life. &...

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We went on our annual tree cutting adventure last Thursday.  Thursday morning has become our family time since Nate often works Saturday, Sunday or both.  The kids were more than a little confused about the difference between Christmas and Thanksgiving since they cut down a tree in the morning and ate a Tgiving turkey that night.     Eden was in rare form.  Let's just say we might have been content to leave her in the trees for an hour.  She did not want to walk or ...

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This weekend I completed my first color run.  (So this was about 2 months ago but I hadn't uploaded the photo to post with it til right now!)  Well, it wasn't an officially sponsored color run but it advertised the same concept.  It took place on the runway of the old airport, which made for a nice, flat, if somewhat boring, run.  Nate was working but Rich and Lisa Brown were gracious enough to hang with Canaan and Eden during the race.  And I was glad to have some of my...

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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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