When our oldest was a toddler, we often called her Maggie. This is a picture of the beginnings of our “super” family, taken when she was just six months old.

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My sister brought her a new book for Christmas when she was two-and-a-half, and it made frequent use of the word, “Magnificent!” She came out of the room after having it read to her and announced, “I am Mag—nificent!!!” We all thought it was adorable. She continued, “And Mommy, you’re Mommynificent. And Daddy, you’re Daddynificent…” She went around the room, proclaiming everyone’s “nificent-ness.” In the egocentricity of a toddler, she thought the entire book was proclaiming how wonderful she was by using her name over and over, and she wanted to share that encouragement with all of us. We loved it, and it stuck. We’ve been a family of “nificents” ever since. My husband has long referred to our three girls affectionately as “Big,” “Middle,” and “Little.” They think it’s hilarious, and when we talked about pseudonyms or “superhero names” for our new blog, they quickly asked if they could be Bignificent, Middlenificent, and Littlenificent.

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Like all good superheroes, we do a lot of flying. No, really, we do. (Okay, fine, we ride on planes, but we really do a lot of flying.) We live and work internationally. Before Bignificent was a year old, she had been on more than 50 airplanes! And things haven’t slowed down much since then. We are Americans, but all three girls were born in Indonesia. We now live in Malaysia, where our sons were born, but we do a fair bit of traveling throughout Southeast Asia. Our plan is to give you a taste of our life here and there, including recipes, educational experiences, and other fun Southeast Asian stuff.

We’re really excited to share some of our lives with you. Feel free to share about your magnificent self and/or your super family in the comments below or on individual posts. We’d really enjoy getting to know you!


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  1. Hi Tina, you won my book giveaway! Please could you contact me via my site where you’ll see my contact email and send me postal details. Congratulations!

  2. I would love to connect. You wrote on Raising Samuels about wanting my book The Kingdom of Thrim. I wondered if you have had a chance to get and read it. I have extended activities pak 1 ready.


  3. HI Tina, So happy to meet you and your magnificent family. I love the story of how you got the name. We are also very international. We were missionaries in Africa for 23 years and adopted two orphans while in Ghana. I bet you love Malaysia. Great to be connected. I hope you visit my blog too. I put up a link but couldn’t find where to get your badge to put on my site.

  4. Hi Tina,

    What an amazing adventure you’ve been on with your family!

    I’m wondering if you might be interested in reading and maybe reviewing my children’s Christmas book called, “Ornaments of Love”? It’s available on amazon if you’d like to preview it.

    Thanks and welcome back to the states!

  5. Oh, I so love your name and that it came from a book. We started reading to the littles the moment they came home and think literature makes everything more fun! I read to them about our destination before we travel and that helps them get a feel for what they will see! I’ve made some destination specify reading lists which I’ll share on your booknificent link up! So glad I found you and your adventuresome nificents!

  6. I had my first children’s book published last summer called Wally’s Misadventure. It is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes. I was wondering if you would be willing to review it. Although my book doesn’t contain any mention of God or scripture, I am a Christian and I wrote the book to encourage children from a Biblical perspective.

    I hope you enjoy it!
    Chrys Wimer

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