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About mjstearns

We are Mark, Jenni, Tate and Theo Stearns. We currently live in Beaverton, Oregon, but are planning to move to Nicaragua within the next six months. We'll be serving as missionaries to Verbo Church, a non denominational church with several Nicaraguan locations. Specifically we'll be working at Casa Bernabe, an orphanage run by the church, assisting in vocational training and transition programs for the older boys.

Exploring Nicaragua

      This last weekend we went exploring in Nicaragua.  It was Mark, myself, Tate and Theo, and the four chavos pictured above (L-R Jorge, Billy, David and Jalmar).  Jalmar was born in Nueva Guinea and lived there until about … Continue reading

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We have got to feel better soon!

Ugh, just when we think it’s getting better…we have another step back. Yesterday Theo got bit by a wasp.  The poor boy was really upset and we couldn’t figure out what happened until a few minutes later when it swelled … Continue reading

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Encouragement

  Image Credit  Determining how we are spending our days in the best way possible has proven to be a bit of a challenge.  It seems like every decision we make, someone has an opinion about it and it’s not … Continue reading

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House sick!

[I realize no one knows the reference in the title, but one day when we were in Korea, Tate told me he was housesick.  I thought it was adorable!  We’re not homesick so much-we always miss family and friends though.] … Continue reading

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Airing Dirty Laundry

People often ask about how we are adjusting here.  That’s a really valid question, but very hard to answer as it changes often and it depends on who you ask.  Adding to the basic move is the fact that Mark … Continue reading

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Update

Mark is back from his Navy class!  It’s been great having him home.  Still an adjustment to go from parenting solo to sharing the duty, but we’re happy to have him back.  Our stuff arrived!  Of course it came in … Continue reading

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Encouragement for the Home

Buy Image Here In keeping with the idea of making a house a home, I bring you this week’s bit of encouragement.   Let’s all focus on making our lives a little more beautiful, for ourselves and for those around … Continue reading

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Being honest, thoughts about our home

To be honest, I have really struggled with this home repair. I really, really want to be as Nicaraguan as possible when it comes to my home, but at the same time I want to provide a comfortable environment for … Continue reading

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Mi dulce hogar

Over the past month or so we’ve been working on getting the house ready for us to move in.  It’s been a slow process for many reasons, but the biggest issue has been deciding what needs to be taken care … Continue reading

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Encouragment

I love quotes.  In middle school I started a quote book of things that inspired, encouraged, or made me laugh.  Now that Pinterest exists, I have an online one as well.  Because I love quotes so much, and because I … Continue reading

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