Reunited and It Feels So Good

This is about a week and a day late but we are “home”!

We had an eventful last few days in Chile filled with packing, sick kids, and lots of running around trying to figure out some last minute paperwork….like our official visa stamp that was approved the Friday before we were leaving…that’s government paperwork for you!  Some of it was unable to be done so it looks like Kipp will be making a short trip back to Chile next month to finish up a few things.  I’m a little jealous of him being back but there is no way I want to get back on an airplane for 12 hours anytime soon!

We had some trouble with our paperwork as we were leaving but Copa Airlines was so great and held the plane for our family as we literally RAN through the airport.  It was so movie worthy :)  The rest of the flights were fine and we landed in Chicago at 12:15 am and then we stood in line to show our passports and by the time we finished we were the last ones to grab our bags and go through the custom.  We had a nice chat about living overseas and where to find a 24 hour Subway.  I think we were their last bags of the night because they just waved us through and I’m pretty sure closed things down as we left.  We got some great big welcome home hugs from my sister and aunt :)

We spent a great weekend with my family meeting some nephews and a niece for the first time and getting all the cousins reacquainted with each other.  Then we switched sides and spent a few days with the other cousins playing legos, checking out the clubhouse, and having a giant sleepover.  We’ve already been to the Omaha Zoo and had bags of cheetos, go-gurts, graham crackers, goldfish crackers, cherry coke, and Mountain Dew.

We tried out our insurance state-side as the two youngest boys each needed some extra meds.  Kamden had a hypersensitive reaction to whatever virus he was fighting and ended up with a full body rash unlike any I’ve ever seen.  After a blood test to rule out any bacteria problems he ended up with a 10 day steroid.  Kallan tends to struggle with wheezing when he gets a cold and was headed towards pneumonia so he got an antibiotic and a steroid along with the breathing treatments.

What’s Next?  We don’t know.  We are still working on a new master plan but here’s what we know for now:

We are in the Des Moines area for another week so send us a message if you want to meet up.

We will be in Kalamazoo and then Alhambra (St. Louis area) in August.

Our support ends this month, July.  If you have been a monthly supporter of ours over the last two years your last payment will come out this month as well.  Thank you for all the prayers and the support.

Feel free to keep up with us on the blog as we continue to share life as we see it…..which is sure to be a mix of comedy and drama :)

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The Top 10 Things I Will Miss About My Time In Chile

Well…my fact checker got back with me yesterday morning…turns out I had that Journey song all mixed up….the city boy is the one from south Detroit…so I stand corrected…Journey is not some crazy band. It’s a good thing we got that cleared up as I was just getting ready to delete them from my Spotify list for being liars. Whew! That was close. I can now keep rocking out to such truthful hits as Don’t Stop Believing and Faithfully. Do you want me to sing a few lines so they can be stuck in your head ALL DAY long?? Well sorry, no time for that, I’ve got a top ten list to share.

Our days in Chile are in the single digits so here’s a list of my top 10 things we’re gonna miss.

10. Metro Santiago
Don’t want to try and find parking in downtown Santiago? Take the metro…just not between 8-10 am or 6-9pm.

9. Sunny Days
I think 98 % of the days here are sunny. Pour on the sun screen, grab a hat and get a boost of Vitamin D! (Ok so if I was writing this during summer I might not miss the sun quite as much)

8. Chilean Enthusiasm
Wether for their independence celebration around the Diez y Ocho holiday or literally the whole city cheering on their soccer team at the World Cup, Chile goes all out! They love Chile and they show it!

7. Corner Stores
I love the hundreds of corner stores that litter every block of this city. Need an egg or a coke or stick of butter just walk half a block to the corner store. Also great for Popsicles on a warm day.

6. Living At SCA
Living on the school campus has given my kids a huge yard to run in, equipment to play on, the protection of a 24 hour guard, and 2 dogs to play with (that I don’t have to care for or clean up after). And sending them to school has never been so easy!

5. Christian School
We have never been able to afford Christian school and for two years we got to send our kids to school with Bible classes and prayer filled days. Could not be more thankful!

4. Feria
Oh, the outdoor market that I love! I will miss the cheap fruits and veggies, the strangers patting my kids’ heads saying things like, “Que Lindo”, “Gringito”, and “Rubio, Mucho Rubio”, and the weekly workout of carting my buys back home.

3. The Andes Mountains
The beautiful view. Right Outside my window. Sometimes snow-covered.

2. Living in the apartments right next to friends
Besides maybe living in the dorms at college, where else can you live right next to 4 other families or singles who all work at the same place, worship the same God, and share similar struggles. It’s been a beautiful thing to knock on door #’s 1-4 and know there’s a friend there with a cup of flour, a flashlight, or just a listening ear.

1. Our Friends
I wouldn’t have believed you two years ago if you had told me we would be leaving this many good friends behind in Chile. I think these people are beautiful because even though they knew we were only here for two years they held nothing back and embraced us with open hearts. Our kids will miss them, we will miss them and…well…that’s all I can say about that because I refuse to cry right now.

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The Bucket List I Never Knew I Had

So I was going to lead off with this line from Journey slightly modified

“Just a small town boy…”

But then I was like…”born and raised in South Detroit”. What!? Wait, wait wait….who exactly thinks South Detroit is a small town? Someone born in New York City? Or actual Detroit? Let me tell you I was actually raised in a small town. I spent 7 years in Massena, IA..population 350….no I didn’t forget any zeros…and after that we moved up in the world and moved to Alhambra, IL…population 673. See. A real small town girl.

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The Day I Got Mugged and Then Crashed an Airplane!!!

You know it is interesting the trials that God not just gives you but also the ones He lets you avoid.

Case in point: my life this week.

On Sunday on the way home from church we watched two cars crash…literally right in front of us on the interstate. The one vehicle even flipped onto its side. We Continue reading

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More Kisses Then a Gause Family Reunion!!!

You know what I’m talking about.

“Great Aunt Ruth good to see you.”  Hug and kiss.

“Grandma and Grandpa”  Hug and kiss.

“Uncle Al and Aunt Candy” Hug and kiss.

You get the picture.  Maybe you can relate from your own family gatherings.

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Just Un Mas

So this will be a quick post…..

………..with no pictures…sorry.

I have a longer one to write later but I am too lazy tonight to download the pictures from the Continue reading

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So Yesterday Was a Holiday

What?  YOU didn’t get the day off?


Well unless you live in a Catholic country you probably did not celebrate Assumption Day with a day off  school and work.  Chile is…so we did.  Which prompted a quick google search on Assumption Day.  Here’s what I learned.

Assumption Day is the day celebrated by Catholics that Mary, mother of Jesus, was bodily taken up to heaven at the end of her life.   It is a feast celebrated in honor of her heavenly birthday when she was carried to heaven by the angels.  It is believed to be a gift to her from God for living such a holy and devout life and of course Continue reading

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A Muffin or a Cupcake?

So I’m on a diet.

Thank you for that collective “ugh” I just heard from across the states.

It’s not a no carb plan….or a high protein….or vegan.  (Good grief…if it is was a vegan plan I would be starving…just saying part of the word vegetables makes me shiver)

It’s simply a “cut my calories” plan.

A “make better choices” plan.

I take a look at my choices of food and try to pick the one that I deem healthiest or lowest in calories and still edible.

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Spurring One Another On

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (NIV)

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” (NLT)

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (ESV)

“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” (KJV)

I like the imagery conveyed by each of these different translations of Hebrews 10:24.

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Everything Changes

So I thought a little video of the kids telling what they thought about moving to a foreign country (what’s that mean Mom?) would be cute.

But amid all the giggles you wouldn’t have been able to understand them :)

So here’s a transcript of our adventure instead.


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