Team Effort

I have always enjoyed being on good teams. Ever since I was a little kid playing on a soccer team that just couldn’t be beat, I have had opportunities to work with others towards a common goal. In my business today, having a solid team in place is invaluable.

My life at home consists of an awesome team, as well. Most of you know me pretty well by now, and it’s no big secret that I think my wife is pretty cool. In addition to being cool, she is my rock, she is an amazing mother to our three boys, and she helps me run a pretty tight ship around our home.  Over the years, we’ve found that together, we are one heck of a team.

Now it’s time for Lori to be part of another team. Lori has a huge heart. She certainly has a heart for our family, but for many years she’s also had a deep desire to participate in a short term mission trip. I’m going to try and keep this somewhat brief, so lets just say that an incredible opportunity to serve others presented itself and WE decided it was something we could not ignore so… Lori joined a team of people that are heading to Papua New Guinea.


Lori is going to support our friends who are missionaries with the Mibu Ministry in Papua New Guinea. They are amazing people and we have had the pleasure of getting to know them when they return to the states on furlough. Today, a team of people from Sun Valley Community Church in Tempe will be heading to PNG for a couple of weeks and my wife is on that team. They are all very excited to be going to PNG!

PNG Team from Sun Valley

Team PNG!

We both have a ton of emotions running through us as this trip becomes a reality.

Sad: Sad to be apart for the longest stretch of our marriage. – We are kind of inseparable.

Happy: Happy because we know for sure that this time will be an awesome experience in so many ways. Lori’s journey in Mibu, Madang and Papua New Guinea, and mine here with the kids.

Scared: Yeah, that scared part is mostly me. As much as I hate to admit it, I hate the thought of being without Lori for such a long time. I hope I don’t mess up the kids’ homework, send them to school looking like misfits or have them constantly having to say… “mom doesn’t do it that way!” 🙂

Excited: Lori is going on an amazing journey, thousands of miles away. A place that is completely out of her comfort zone. I just can’t explain how cool I think that is. Me? I get to continue to sharpen my dad skills. I am really looking forward to “guy time” with the boys.

Thanks to all of you for being a part of this journey. It’s going to be a team effort…

Nick Bastian
Nick Bastian
Nick Bastian is a 31 year veteran of the real estate industry and enjoys his career very much. Nick is always available to "talk shop" with anyone that may have real estate related questions. "Just Call Nick" at 602-803-NICK (6425) - he's glad to help. Nick can also be found over on Instagram and Twitter ( @NickbastianAZ ) or out and about in the community making friends and having some fun.


  1. kerry melcher says:

    you’ll all be a full foot taller in a couple of weeks!! have a great trip Lori! Keep us posted Nick

  2. grtaylor2 says:

    Have a great trip! Be safe! See you soon.

  3. Jay Valento says:

    I will be praying for both of you during this fun and exciting time…

  4. Shannon Armstrong says:

    Thank you for sharing Nick! Your relationship with your wife is a wonderful example of what a marriage should be and can be. You must be very proud of her that serving is such a priority for her. I know I would be! Good luck keeping it all together while she is gone. All my best to you and your family 🙂

  5. Just another reason why I like you so much and value our friendship! Does the team need any financial assistance?

  6. Marilyn Russell says:

    Nick you are the best son-in-law ever! Love you, Mimi

  7. Yevonne Pawloski says:

    Wow, what an incredible experience for you all. I wish Lori and safe and rewarding experience. Well, I guess the same goes for you Nick. Everyday will be exciting. You will do great.