Greetings from Costa Rica!  We have safely arrived and happily welcomed the three pieces of luggage that took an extended stay in Houston.  Unpacking is a little bit like Christmas.  The cabina is charming and we are settling in and working through the firsts of this trip.  First night’s sleep in Costa Rican nightsong (crickets, birds, ocassional dog, portable fan).  First trips to the grocery store, figuring out store layout, price differences, and Spanish names for ingredients.  First taxi ride with more people than seatbelts.  First morning devotions with the Hogar de Vida family.  First Jillian Michaels dvd workout on a tile floor.  First mispronounced Spanish words.  First taste of mango picked right up off of the ground.  Mmmm. . . One even rolled right down the sidewalk and up to our door yesterday.  I think it was a divine appointment.

The kids are doing great as we find a new rhythm for our family in this place.  It is a blessing to see them take these new experiences head on.  Please continue to lift us up in prayer as we learn how to do life here as Team Gnuse.

Ezekiel watching planes at the airport.

Making breakfast in our cabina.


  1. i am literally giddy with excitement for you, kris!!!!! anticipating what god has in store FOR you & THRU you! can’t you just feel it mounting? 🙂

  2. I can almost taste the mango. Mostly jealous of the coffee. Let God be your guide and if Matt says to fast I would do it! Sending our love – your family looks right at home.

  3. I love this first view into your world there! I will admit to a bit of a ‘missing you moment’ as it just hit me for real that I can’t just pick up the phone and call you anytime right now. Over the next few years I am going to have to figure all of that out! Praying as usual. 😀

  4. So Great to hear from you! Lots of good ‘firsts’ going on there! You, Matt and kids are an amazing team! Can’t wait to hear more stories!!!!–Keeping you all in our prayers. 🙂

  5. oh kris! i loved reading marcia’s account of reading your blog. wow. absolutely amazing god 😀 xoxoxoxo can’t wait to hear more!

  6. So awesome, Kris! We can so relate and seeing the pictures of the cabin is so fun. It will be a great home for you guys! Praying that you and your family settle in well! Blessings – Lori and all

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