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In the last seven days we've cleared four times in three countries.  Here's a shot of Canaan's excitement to finally be clearing customs in Jamaica after a long, hard day of travel from Quito, to Miami, to Jamaica.         After so many lines and forms I can say that I greatly appreciate Ecuador's sensitivity to parents with young kids and expectant mothers.  They are the best at whisking you straight through to the front of the lines.  Yep, you read that right...

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Since two days after I got to Quito, I've been involved in a women's bible study.  I wasn't sure how I felt originally about committing to a semester-long bible study with 8 women I didn't know.  I decided to try it out anyway and am so glad I did.   I have loved meeting with these women every other week.  I've appreciated the intentionality of the group.  And for me it's been a really good mix of bible study and time talking about and speaking into each other's lives. &...

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It started with a tira de asado (Argentine cut of meat) that Nate discovered at the grocery store and just became the sweetest, relaxing couple of hours one Sunday afternoon.  Crisp, sunny weather, the smell of dewy grass, a brick grill and our little family.                     For the two seconds he stayed in his chair          guys, why am I sitting in a CANADIAN chair? And why will no one pull down my pant legs a...

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El Teleferico is a tourist attraction that was built probably 4 or 5 years after I left Quito as a child.  The main attraction is a gondola ride up Pichincha, an active volcano whose east base starts at the city center and is part of the Andes' mountain chain.  In addition to the gondola ride, there is a humble (by American standards) amusement park at the base, restaurants and coffee shops at the base and the top, hiking opportunities, and horseback riding.   (Nate and Ricky on t...

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Last Sunday was beautiful and we took full advantage of it.  We took Canaan on an apartment search/walk around the little park near our house and we also went to another park: Parque El Ejido.   El Ejido is equal parts family destination and tourist attraction as it boasts picnic areas and loads of different playgrounds along with paintings, artwork, and other artisinal finds.  We'll take you on a tour of this park on a Sunday afternoon.         One of the six ...

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Shortly before Thanksgiving we knew we were confirmed to be in Ecuador starting in January.  So this Thanksgiving and Christmas are the "last" holidays together as we've experienced them together but a great opportunity to get time with most of our family together in one place.  Thanksgiving was spent with Nate's side of the family.   (The whole family together)   Seven kids and 1.5 grandkids all swooped in at once on Dan & Melody's house.  It was a full house with C...

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