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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As our trip to Cancun got closer my nerves about leaving the kids got bigger and bigger.  We had all sorts of ideas of people who could watch them for a day or two, but no one who knew them really well and nothing ideal in terms of being able to stay in our home and not transition constantly.  I kept telling Nate, "I just really wish family lived closer because there is no one I would want to have watch our kids more than my mom or your mom."     About a month before Mother's...

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On our fifth anniversary we took a 15 day whirlwind trip through Spain and Italy.  With that precedent set, we weren't about to slack off on our tenth anniversary, something to be really proud of!, despite the logistics of having added two kids, slashed our income in half, and living in a less airport-centralized location.  In talking through our trip ideals three things emerged as important: #1 to do a trip that centered more around relaxing than sightseeing, #2 to make this about tim...

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A few weeks ago I was surprised at a staff meeting when my supervisor referenced the day off on Friday.   "What, we don't have school Friday??"   Apparently I was the only one who missed the memo.  I went home and told Nate and a day later he proposed a day trip and we took off.    Papallacta is a town built around tourist attraction because what they have to offer is hot springs.  It's an hour and a half out of town, winding up mountain terrain, with lots of pothol...

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My neighborhood had it's 2nd annual 5k about a week ago!  I was really excited to participate because last year we were in the US when it happened.  Also last year I probably would have walked a good portion of it and this year I was ready to get out there and run ... mountainous terrain and all!   It was really fun to run my neighborhood for a number of reasons.  I know the streets, I know the dips, I know when the inclines get tough.  It made for a good mental race bec...

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First child is fed regularly, in his high chair, with a bib, with a parent spooning the food into his mouth.         Second child gets tossed a bowl of bananas on the play table with only her 3 year old, bossy brother as a supervisor.  They both get fed though, right? 1 comment...

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