On our second attempt, we have successfully secured 3 visas for Ecuador.  Our plane tickets will get us to the country and our visas will get us INTO the country so the essentials are taken care of.   Nate spent the day in the city because we had to turn the paperwork in first thing in the morning and pick it up at 3pm.  It meant almost 5 hours of travel time between the Metra, CTA and walking in 20 degree weather.  Five hours of carting an 8 month old for a 2 minute wave and...

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It's a little hard to believe that we are just one month away from moving our family to Quito, Ecuador.  We'll be starting over with new jobs to learn, new friends to be made, and a new home to put together ... in a different country.  The anticipated transition is still to come, but we've come a long way already:     July '09:  We were on vacation with my sister and brother-in-law in Panama the day we heard we had been accepted to work with International Teams in Ecuador.       April '1...

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It was a great day in so many unexpected ways.  We went to bed Friday night knowing it was going to be a full-blown schedule and we would end the day tired.  We did end the day tired, but we also ended the day feeling really blessed.   We had a great morning coffee date with someone who I've just gotten to know recently.  Their faith and exposure to worldwide ministry is pretty new.  It was such a delight to sit with them and just have them be genuinely excited about the path Nate & I a...

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Wednesday I started my second support group for teen girls at an alternative high school.  It is literally my favorite part of my job currently.  I love the girls and I love the energy I get from spending an hour trying to manage some pretty fabulous discussions.  This time around the group has grown to 15 girls (too many!).  Word spread after the first round so we also have a waitlist of seven more who will start on the spring semester track.  It’s fun to know the girls are reacting...

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Nate and I are almost halfway through our this first round of training.  As anticipated, days are long, sitting time is long, and there's not a whole lot of room for personal space or time.  Still, it's been a good first half to the week.   I really enjoyed meeting the president of IT and getting to interact with him.  He had some words to say that I needed to hear.  At times I feel overwhelmed and scared with what a major decision this is.  And it often feels like I have too much control ...

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I word of encouragement from a co-worker can be so meaningful when it's genuine and unexpected.  Particularly when you don't work closely with that co-worker and don't impact each other on a day-to-day basis.   I walked in at 2 p.m. after meetings all morning.  One of my co-workers found me in my office and said she wanted to hug me.  I thought she was joking but got up for the hug anyway.  Then she told me she had read two case stories that I put together the day before for grant purposes....

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Approximately 12.5 months after submitting my first round of paperwork, I have an official "Associate Marriage and Family Therapist" license.  Countless photocopying of syllabi and evidence, phone calls all over the IDFPR and to AJ, my favorite consultant over there, and prayers and it finally came through.  Definitely something I'm extremely grateful for today! 1 comment...

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