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Chris the Chef!

On Fridays we have team lunch.  (We also cook Sunday lunch for the team.)  Chris has really taken to cooking the team lunches.

Today was a simple, yummy, feels-like-home kind of lunch.  He fixed grilled cheese with carrots, broccoli and ranch.  For an extra-special treat he made chocolate pudding with whipped cream.

It’s been neat to see him develop cooking into a hobby.  He has his own allrecipies.com account and is now a master pancake-maker.  The team is a little wary of any of his recipes that use the blender, though.  It’s one small lapse in judgement where he put the chicken into the blender with the sauce that none of us lets him forget.

Chef Chris1 Chef Chris2

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Rudy’s Story – Part One

We have had the privilege of sharing what God is doing in Arequipa with the children of Rogers First Church of the Nazarene this week with a video each day for their Vacation Bible School.  The themes for each day are Serving Family, Serving Friends, Serving Neighbors, Serving Community and Serving Jesus.

When Pastor Jen asked us to make the videos we immediately knew that we wanted to tell Rudy’s story.  Since we met Rudy in January, he has really grown in his walk with Christ.  Praise the Lord!

So, here’s our video from day one of VBS with the first part of Rudy’s story and a (very) simple explanation of what Chris and I are doing here in Arequipa.  Roll Tape!


Click here for Part Two.

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Pursuing Fluency? What do you mean?

I’m calling this section of our website, my personal blog, “Pursuing Fluency,” but what does that really mean?

According to dictionary.com “pursue” means “to strive to gain; seek to attain or accomplish” and “fluent” means “able to speak or write smoothly, easily, or readily; easy; graceful.”

So, in all the areas of my life, I want to pursue, to strive, to attain or accomplish the ability to speak or write [or live a particular calling God has for me] smoothly, easily or readily, gracefully.

I realize this is a pretty tall order, a lifelong pursuit.  So, instead of making another long list or complicated plan or promises to myself that I can’t keep for two days in a row, I will begin with the most important calling on my life and go from there.

I’m beginning my quest, my pursuit of fluency with my devotional life.  I’ve always been good at being obedient in the public things, in the big moral decisions, but I suspect there’s been rebellion, selfishness of spirit, that has been at root of my constant struggle with my private walk with Christ.

Believe me, there’s a ton more I’d like to change, tweak, improve and systemize in my life, but, as a follower of Christ, I know, I believe that this is the change that matters the most, will guide the rest and will clarify God’s priorities for my time, energy and passion.

My need to tend my devotional life is a realization that God has been whispering, then speaking into my spirit for a while.  Through a podcast and then a blog post written by my friend (http://www.mosaicofmoms.com/dwelling-place/) God has confirmed that this turning to HIm, rather than my self-critiquing and planning are the path He has for me.

So, I will begin my pursuit of fluency by practicing His presence.


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Plaza de Armas

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Hi, we’re in Plaza de Armas.  It’s the central plaza.  There’s a big fountain in the plaza.  It’s really old.  It’s near a big church and there are towers and birds are everywhere.  There are people selling bird seed in the plaza and there are lots of pigeons.

That’s the Genna Report!


(transcribed by mom)

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ZucososThe title basically translates “Sugaries.”  Even with that whole grain check on the box, maybe we should look for a better breakfast option…

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Why “Everyday Stringers”

I created this section of our website to share the simple everyday stories of our life as a family.  Each post won’t be about anything life-changing, but each post will be a glimpse of our little life.  It’s for you.  It’s for me.  Most of all, it’s for my precious girls.


I’ll start out with a simple juxtaposition of the modern and the ancient.  As we headed to the hardware store tonight.  I was caught by the beauty of the moon over Pichu pichu.  (Of course the photo doesn’t do it justice.)

Moon Over Pichu Pichu

Hello world!

Genna on the Stairs

Hi, I’m Genna and this is my website.  I going to use my website to tell you what’s been going on my life and what I’ve dreamed and thought about and some of my school work.

I like…there are lots of things I like.  Before I go to bed, I’m always thinking about different things which keeps me up late.  I think about things like Narnia and that everyone from every story that I know gives me a present and that I’m Queen Susan and I get sick.  (In my thoughts.)  They give me the presents so that I can feel better.

– That’s the Genna Report!

(Post transcribed by mom)

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