Our family is in Peru for two years to serve with Extreme Nazarene. We are living in the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado supporting our team of 8 missionaries as 12 churches are planted here in 18 months! Please keep checking in to keep up on our our ministry and adventures in Peru!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

This weekend...

...Tyson is visiting his brother in Texas. Kai is spending the weekend with my super great friend, Erin. And I am home with another super great friend, Melissa, packing away. A great weekend on all accounts...hopefully there will be a significant dent in the packing/organizing...but either way, good times had by all:) I am once again blessed by amazing friends who are so willing to help...and I have learned over the past year that help is okay, that asking and allowing help is not only a blessing to me but to those that help is accepted from. As I love to help others, I need to let them help me. Thank you friends...words cannot express the gratitude we have. Thank. you.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Chase the Age

Wednesday night Tyson and Daniel played a show at our local coffee shop. They have been playing music together for a year and a half now and began the process of recording a CDs about a year ago. It has been such a huge blessing from the Lord...an amazing opportunity that could only be from Him. An extremely generous man offered to record them for free...donating his own time and resources. Tyson has been extremely touched by his generosity, the giving of himself and what he has for the Lord and others. Thank you to Carl and his wife Lori for the friendship, time, patience and love you have shown!
So Tyson and Daniel (Chase the Age) began recording. Then we decided to look into going to Peru. Imagine our surprise when we heard another couple from the church was also looking into going to Peru--Daniel and his wife Abby (and their little ones, Joshua and Mylie). Although Tyson and Daniel played music at least once a week, neither had discussed with the other the idea of Peru. So long story short (or short story long as it always seems with me) both of our families would be going to Peru.
What then would happen to their music you might ask? They finished their CD only a couple weeks before Daniel would leave for Peru. They were also blessed once again by a very generous giver who would pay to have CDs made and profits would go to support our two families in Peru. Very exciting stuff!
So, back to the concert. Wednesday night Chase the Age had their last concert at Union Block Coffee. Daniel and Abby were leaving for Peru the next day so it was a great send off. They also had presales for their CD which will be out in a couple weeks. The place was packed and it was a wonderful turn-out with lots of family and friends supporting and coming to say goodbye to Daniel & Abby. Thanks to all who came, who worked to put it on and who bought CDs!
Check out their music at: http://www.myspace.com/chasetheage or http://www.chasetheage.com/.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Peruvian Nights 2009

Here we are with Abby & Daniel Duran (they are the other family from our church headed to Peru...and they leave next week! Keep them in your prayers!)

We had such a wonderful time at the Faux Prom fundraiser...the theme: Peruvian Nights. Our friends did an amazing job of putting it together and everyone had a blast! We felt so blessed by their hard work and the support of all those who came and joined us. It was a super fun time and here are some highlights:

The group doing the electric slide

Sweet, sassy friends

A "rad" dance competition

cute couples Crazy dancing

Lots of laughs with each other
Thank you to all those whose hard work made this happen, who donated things and who came and made this an amazing evening! We love you all and we extremely blessed by you once again. Thank you!

3rd Anniversary--Peruvian style

This last week Tyson and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary. He surprised me with dinner up in Portland at a fabulous Peruvian restaurant, Andina. The food was amazing but probably unlike food we will actually have in Peru, this was more "Peruvian inspired" we're guessing...but amazing! The atmosphere was wonderful as well but the company was the best. It was great to take a break to celebrate our three years together. It has been a wonderful three years and we are so very much looking forward to what is to come! I don't have any pictures of our evening so instead I will include a picture of us on our wedding day. Tyson, thanks for an amazing anniversary and an amazing three years *cheers*!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Faux Prom Fundraiser

We have some super great friends who decided to do a sweet fundraiser for the Durans and us. It will be a little thing we like to call the Faux Prom...here are the details...hope to see you there!

You (all ages and generations) are invited to join us for an evening of reliving your high school days! So, dust off your fancy digs, from then or today, or hit up goodwill for some flashback styles!

Saturday, January 10th

8:00 - 11:30 p.m.

Ben VanDyke Farms

15221 NW Westside Rd.

Yamhill, OR 97148

Tickets available at the door:

$25.00 per person / $40.00 per couple

*All profits from the evening will go to support the Durans & Smiths in their mission to Peru.

The evening will include:

•Voting and coronation of Prom Queen & King
• Selection of “Best Dressed”, etc.

• Prom photos by Creative Photography By Dale

• And much more!

For more information please comment on my blog and I will get you the info:)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Praising the Lord, Driving the Hornet

Today we are praising the Lord as we celebrate the sale of both of our cars this weekend! We have had them for sale for a while now and it just happened that one sold yesterday and the other today. This is another example of the Lord's faithfulness through this process. Thank you Lord!
It was a bit unexpected to go from 2 cars to none so quickly with another month and a half to go before we leave. Tyson's parents offered to possibly let us use one of their cars but the car is in Washington and they are currently in Spain visiting Taryn so that is not currently an option. We were extremely blessed that our generous friend, Ben, offered to let us use one of his extra vehicles until we can figure something out. The Hornet is a 15-passenger van that is glorious and makes for great memories:)
Kai seemed to enjoy the view...and all the extra room:)

And Tyson is extremely happy in the driver's seat of the Hornet!

We are super grateful to have some mode of transportation and are unbelievably grateful to have the cars sold as that was one of our big hurdles before leaving! Thank you for your prayers for our preparations!