Happy Christmas!

It’s Christmas Eve.

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We’re anticipating the morning, when we celebrate our Savior’s birth.

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May your day be merry and bright!

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And enjoy the season through a child’s eyes.

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Here are a few selections from my newest favorite scripture passage, Luke 1:76-79:

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and redeemed them.”

…to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear

in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.”

Happy Christmas!

Happy Easter

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Nails didn’t hold God to a cross.  Love did.                                                                                                                                                                                        The sinless One took on the face of a sinner so that we sinners could take on the face of a saint!

~Max Lucado

Primera Iglesia Bautista De Boquete

That’d be, “Boquete First Baptist Church”, in English. :)

 We’ve been attending here since before Christmas, and even though it’s all in Spanish, it has been a blessing. Everyone is very friendly, and you don’t need to know the language to interpret a smile and a welcoming handshake. I particularly enjoy the singing, since I can see the Spanish words on the overhead, hear how it’s pronounced, and ‘speak’ it all at the same time. By the end of each song, I feel quite fluent! Daniel can pick up more of the sermon than I can, depending on the topic and how fast the preaching is. We have gotten to know a few families; namely, our Korean friends, whose children we “tutor” in English, and a couple Panamanian families who speak English. Pastor Ko told us that they were so happy to have us return after our first Sunday visiting, because most people like us only come once. :)

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 The parking lot is never this empty on a Sunday morning, rather it’s full with cars parked right behind one another.

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 Natasha remains a favorite among everyone, and she has a little friend named Grace:

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I’d say Natasha has a little following! Unless she is in someone’s arms, being cooed over in Spanish, this is typical for the end of the service.  :)

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Photo credits for the last two pictures go to my sister, Tiffany. :)

Looking for What’s Beyond…

It took a while for me to choose a new blog name. Most of the time I don’t feel that my life is anything but a simple, sometimes boring, regular life of a 20-something wife and mommy. But, I want it to be something unique and noteworthy! Something special! I bet everyone feels that way. The great thing is, it’s true. Your life is noteworthy! It is special! God has blessed us abundantly and we need only to look for the beauty in our everyday moments. Even when it seems dull and everyday ho-hum, your life is extraordinary.

When I saw the definition of extraordinary, that’s when I finally decided on the name of this blog and a good way to describe my life: “Beyond what is usual, ordinary, regular, normal.” My life is ordinary. At the same time, it’s anything but normal! Sometimes you have to look for the part that is extraordinary, but it’s there. And when your life feels so very usual and common, you have to hunt to find the fun, the spontaneity, the excitement and the parts of your life that are beyond the ordinary.

Soo… here I am, doing my everyday, ordinary stuff, and blogging about it. But, the “beyond” part is happening too. Mainly being, in about 5 weeks, our wee family is moving to Panama! Currently, we are still living life as usual here in Ohio. I’ve only packed one box, the yard still need mowed, supper still needs cooked, Natasha is still learning NOT to play in certain drawers and we still sign shoes about 57 times a day. (Yep, that girl is obsessed.)

For those of you wondering what in the world I’m talking about, please see the handy little page at the top, titled, FAQ. Each of those questions are ones we have been asked at least once, and hopefully it will help everyone get a better picture of our plans and what is happening. :)

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So, here’s to enjoying a simple, ordinary life, and at the same time, looking for the joy and adventure in everyday moments!
I’m trying to remind myself to have fun searching for the usual and the extraordinary moments in my life and to praise the Lord for them. Even if they’re something just as common as a Maple tree turning colors, a hot steaming cup of tea, baby toes, a spoonful of Nutella or a pile of dirty laundry.

Because after all, normal is just a setting on a dryer.