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.

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They had a very productive week making plans for the future of the organization. If you haven’t heard from any other outlet, Extreme is really growing! We have received so many applications lately that Mike is kept very busy in managing the application-to-interview-to-field process among his other tasks. This trip also included a weekend of interviews, which is why he was gone so many days.

Meanwhile, Max enjoyed talking with Peter Rabbit…

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…exchanging photo-texts with Daddy…

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…playing in the bath tub…

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…and going on trips to the mall with Mommy!

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Mike was also able to borrow a car one evening and meet my family for dinner who happened to be in town taking my youngest sibling back to college for the year. Good timing! There’s always mail to collect, items to exchange, etc. :)

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We’ve shared this before, but we can stock up on diapers in the States, pay for the extra suitcase fee and still come out ahead for what they cost in Ecuador. Mike sent me this picture of his shopping cart before he was even done shopping. Haha. We are WELL stocked up for a while. I should show you Max’s closet!

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Of course, he purchased a few other items I enjoy using in the kitchen – like brown sugar and cinnamon, for example (both of which you can sorta find here in Quito, but they are NOT THE SAME). Well, last time he traveled, I unpacked his bags and some spices were nowhere to be found. They had been confiscated! This time, Mike put everything “suspicious” in his carry on. He was flagged and searched but he managed to keep it all, yay!

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And one more photo – he was able to spend a fun evening with our friends, the Tibbs!

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Little Max and I survived just fine during his time away, but we sure missed him!

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Just a quick note!

We have several new followers and due to recent events, we’ve also made several new friends. :)

I just wanted to let you know that we also have a Facebook group. It’s kept current with family updates, articles & pictures. There is a small amount of overlap in news with this blog, but there is other “exclusive” stuff, too. Hehe. Continue reading

love extreme 2014 results

Being so connected with dozens of people in the Extreme network, I tend to forget that not everyone in my life (you reader, you!) receives all the same info. I have seen so many posts the last several days on the Love Extreme results (the project I mentioned in my last post) that I keep spacing and postponing my own update!

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ibarra visit & le 2014

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!

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catching up – may/june 2014

Oh BOY, were May & June action-filled months.


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

catching up – march/april 2014

I mentioned a couple posts ago that we were about to move apartments. That is over and done, thank goodness, and we just love our new place. Why did we move? Well, the main reasons are:

  • It is on the 9th floor (or 15th, depending on what side of the building you’re on!) so it’s MUCH warmer. Our old place didn’t receive much sun and was dark and cold.
  • It’s on one floor. I actually didn’t mind the 3 stories our last place had for the exercise, but it is not conducive for having a baby. Oh how many gates we would have had to buy!
  • It’s in a better location. It’s super close to the shopping center where we always do our grocery shopping and it’s better for city transportation – guests finding taxis, that sort of thing.
Max & me saying goodbye to the old place. Ciao!

Max & me saying goodbye to the old place. Ciao!

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busy daddy

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

and then we were three

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