The U.S. summer is always the busiest time of year for us. It’s when many students are out of school and can come serve in Ecuador and it’s just generally when people schedule their vacation days from work to go on mission projects. So we’ve been able to see a lot of old & new faces.
Last week we were able to host one of several people who came into town – an old friend Elisabeth who served with us in Peru. Max is making the cheesiest smile here!
For one thing, Extreme is just rapidly growing. There was a point in earlier times when the organization was so new and it was hard to even get applicants. Well, they’re just flying in now. Mike is the first recipient of any application once it’s submitted and it’s been exciting to regularly hear, “Another one came in!” Continue reading →
Calling Mike “Daddy” has been easier to transition to than I thought it would be. I might forget his name is Mike… ;)
Anyway, he has been busy busy and I am thankful thankful! He takes care of our little family here so well. There are endless tasks to do – waiting in lines, calling landlords, driving places in terrible Quito traffic, waiting in more lines, calling repairmen, doing a pile of paperwork for Max’s dual citizenship and so much more.
On top of all that, el jefe came into town and they’ve been traveling a bit this week. Continue reading →
There’s something about having your first baby that makes blogging a little less important for a while! It’s been the most different, challenging, awesome, fun, exhausting and overwhelmingly beautiful last couple months.
Avoiding pages of details (about 7 to be precise…if you’re my mother, you can read them heh), labor began the night of Saturday, January 18th and ended a little over 21 hours later. Continue reading →
Feel free to totally ignore this post if you’re not interested in birthing a baby in Quito, Ecuador. :) I just mentioned a couple weeks ago I’d share questions I asked at Hospital Metropolitano when we took the L&D tour…
I’m sure I am not 100% capturing our conversations from that day and subsequent days, Continue reading →
First and foremost, we FINALLY had success in connecting with neighbors. We’d been somewhat attempting it all year when opportunities arose (without coming across as pushy crazy people) with no luck. So many fellow foreigners/co-workers/friends have had more success due to a few reasons, one giant one being little light-skinned kiddos, ha! Kids always connect parents in a way we’ve never been able to accomplish but Continue reading →
So I set a goal at the beginning of the year – on January 1st, in fact – and basically blew it out of the water. I upped my goal this year to read 50 books in 2013 (only read 32 in 2012). Well, I finished my 50th book on September 30th and ended up Continue reading →
This may sound strange, but I just finished a book written from the point of view of a lady who discovered she had Alzheimer’s Disease and it was eerily familiar. I mean, at least the very early stages of it. My “pregnant brain” is so fuzzy and that memory loss thing – oh, it’s so real. I walk into a room and totally forget what I was doing. I become engaged in conversation with Continue reading →