march & april 2015 update

It took me months and months to stop feeling like I was catching up from my first trimester when I was pregnant with Max. Now I’m feeling it all over again. ;) For those of you who didn’t see various things on Facebook & Instagram, we’re expecting #2 to join us in November. I wasn’t quite as sick as the first time but as the first trimester is ending, I now have the weight of “catching up” on my shoulders.

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february 2015 update

February had many (mostly!) wonderful days as we continue to live our lives here in Quito as best we can, in accordance to how God leads.

Mike’s month was full of his typical meetings, tasks and leading of the Operations department. In the beginning of the month, he wrapped up his trip to Nashville where he facilitated interviews, he continued his work in preparing new missionaries for the field and he worked on his computer a lot. The exciting job of an Administrative guy!

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january 2015 update

I’d comfortably say this was the most drama-filled month we’ve had in years – mostly due to events later in the month, but we’ll get to that…

We spent the first couple weeks of January finishing up our visit to the States. Mike, whose birthday is the 1st, got to watch the Ducks in the Rose Bowl, so he had a very happy birthday. Continue reading

december 2014 update

December was HUGE. Basically any time we go back to the States, it makes for a full schedule, but doing it on top of the holidays was a new one for us. :)

Before we went, though, we threw a big Christmas party. It was a little crazy with 45 people in our tiny apartment, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way! Continue reading

november 2014 update

One of the highlights of the month of November was a sad one. We had to say goodbye to some friends. :(

As you’ve seen before, Max and I (Sydney) had made good friends with Nico and his mama, Shantavia – some other Americans living here. We had their family over for lunch one last time and then we went over to theirs for final goodbyes. Continue reading

october 2014 update

Hey, it’s not even December yet and I’m updating on October. Score for this mama. :)

Last month held quite a few things for us, particularly traveling for Mike. He had to be in the USA 2 weekends in a row but was going to come home in between trips to be with Max and me for a couple days.


We pretty much never travel light. It’s burdensome but we have good reason. :)


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what a week!

Just like most people, we have weeks more activity-filled than others. This one was bustling!

1. We’re Official
One of the more joyous events was obtaining our Ecuadorian cédulas. These are simply identification cards each Ecuadorian has, but it means a lot. Basically it makes our lives easier in several ways. This was the final step in what we’ve been working toward since Max was born. Mike did the great bulk of the work, for sure, but we had a lot of lines to wait in and countless steps of paperwork to complete. We are now permanent residents of Ecuador! Continue reading


Two weekends ago we went camping!

Okay, not really.

Well, sorta!

Friends we met here in Quito over a year ago manage a large campground outside of Tabacundo. They’ve been missionaries for many years and all four of their kiddos were born on a different continent (random tidbit I think is neat). Their youngest, Elizabeth, was born just 19 days after Max earlier this year in Ecuador!  Continue reading

mike’s trip to idaho

At least once a year, Extreme schedules an Officers Summit. With our team members living & serving in multiple countries, we are blessed that technology can get us quite far in the communication world, but there is just an irreplaceable need to get together in person on occasion.

There have been a few recent changes within the Officer level of Extreme Nazarene and one could not make it to this week of meetings, so here are the three amigos that were able to convene. Continue reading