Let the little children come…


Hello y’all! July is here and our outreach phase is underway. We are in awe of God’s goodness and we will get you a newsletter soon. But first I thought I’d post a 5 panel series of drawings that I did for the YWAM pre-school here. These will hang over the main doors there. If anyone wants to buy prints of these, I’m going to be starting an Etsy store eventually with some of my art. Enjoy!

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June Newsletter

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We’re almost done with the lecture phase of our Discipleship Training School! We can’t believe how fast it’s gone by. You can read more about our upcoming outreach phase in the newsletter below.

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May Newsletter

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We’ve just wrapped up our 6th week here in Mexico! Click on the newsletter to read more about what we’ve been doing. We had so many things & pictures we wanted to share that we made it a two pager :)

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Happy 1st Birthday Charlie!



One year ago this sweet little one entered our lives. I probably say this on every birthday in our family… but I can’t believe how fast that year went! Somewhere along the way our sweet baby bundle started turning into a little kid. And now he’s crawling all over tarnation and clearly enthralled with his big brothers.

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Charlie, you’re the sweetest! You love to smile, snuggle and roam free. You have a cute way of burying your head in mom or dad’s chest when a new person greets you… only to look up at them with a grin. Your favorite food is peanut butter toast. I take it back, your favorite food is ice cream. Not that you’ve had your own ice cream yet but you’ve managed enough tastes to know that you love it and you make a hilarious sound whenever anyone is eating it. You clearly want it for yourself.

You recently learned how to clap and always have an expression of joy on your face while clapping. You are a calm and easy going baby as you observe the big world around you. We are so thrilled to have you in our family. Happy Birthday, little guy! May all the cupcakes be yours.

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Bienvenido a Mexico!

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After 2.5 weeks of road-tripping down the west coast we have finally arrived at the YWAM base in San Antonio del Mar! Today was the first full day of our Discipleship Training School (DTS). The facility is beautiful, the beach is gorgeous, the people are friendly and the food is delicious. So far so good! Of course, transition is a mixed bag and we’ve had our fair share of grumpy attitudes, upset tummies and nerves. There are a ton of kids here and our kids are having fun playing with them. We are confident this will be a life changing experience for us all. We’d sure love your prayers for our kids as they navigate all the changes and new things and for us as we try to parent them through it!

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the inside of our apartment. and Buzz Lightyear.


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Two weeks till departure!

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We are about to hit the road in just 2 weeks! Destination: Mexico! Here’s our latest newsletter update, full of praise reports, prayer requests and our upcoming itinerary.


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Happy 3rd Birthday Sammy!




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Happy Birthday Sammy Nash! You are getting so big! It is so fun to watch you grow into your personality and to discover what makes you uniquely you.

You’ve turned into quite the talker. The way you express your thoughts and feelings is precious. I wish I could capture all the cute things you say and the inflections in your voice. I know I won’t remember it all so I try and soak it up in the moment.

You’re hilarious. You’re a ham. You love to be silly and to make people laugh.


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You’re a snuggler. You melt into a hug with your whole self. You love to be held and carried and tickled.

You’re enthusiastic. And loud. You have a great big belly laugh that we just adore. You love big. And sometimes a little violently. You give great big bear hugs. You have great big feelings. We like to kid that you have two volumes: loud and off.

You LOVE your big brother. You love to be “matchy matchy” with Joshua. It is a crime whenever Joshua goes off to do some big kid thing that you cannot be included in. Your face lights up when you get to join him on an adventure. You want to match him in every way, down to the color of your underwear.

You love to help me cook. And to eat “Joes Ohs” with daddy early in the morning. And you love being outside and going on walks.

You love superheroes. And wearing costumes. And you seem to even kind of like bad guys. Your imagination is growing and it’s fun to watch. Sometimes you convince yourself that the Grinch or the Gorg or some other villian is in the other room and you run to us for safety. Or you pretend you are a “minja” and you go to fight the bad guy yourself.

You have been talking about having a Paw Patrol birthday party since Joshua’s birthday in July. I’m excited to finally have this epic party this weekend. I love the way your entire face lights up and you squeal when anything related to your birthday is mentioned.

So happy 3rd birthday big kid! We love you lots and lots and hope you feel thoroughly celebrated today.


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