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

facebook group

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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