5 Ways to Connect at Home When You Keep Leaving

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Last week I invited another family to go out for Bar-B-Que with my family. My friend replied that they were busy all of October and suggested next month. I simply said okay and let the matter drop. I didn’t want to explain our travel plans again, but my friend remembered that we wouldn’t be home in November. Then she gave me a “maybe we can work something out” comment. I knew dinner probably won’t happen, but I was still glad I asked. I’ve asked other friends to do things, but sometimes my own travel gets in the way.

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Travels, Reentry blues, Spanish school, and getting back to business

What do you do when you haven’t blogged in a while? Write a catch up post, of course! Earlier in the year we enjoyed living in London, Berlin, and Paris over the course of 8 weeks. We came home to Texas in May and began debriefing the trip and asking ourselves what we would do […]

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Budget Decisions: How to Combine Your Heart and Mind

I admire Spock. He can make quick logical and rational decisions without any emotions. When I come to our family budget meeting I try to get my Spock Face on. I can’t let emotions rule our money, because I fear how I would give it all away or spend it all on myself. Numbers are […]

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Free to Leave or Stay

“God, you are good and you are faithful.” is what I often repeated to myself while I doubted God throughout one oppressive hot Summer in 2012. I wasn’t seeing God provide like He promised in His word even though I asked Him every day to show up. I was scared of foreclosure and I felt […]

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3 Ways Kids Learn While Traveling

In my last post I talked about how we packed and worked on our homeschool lessons while traveling. My kids learned more about phonics and adding double digits, but their eyes were opened to a bigger world on our trip. As John Steinbeck says, “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” My little people had […]

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Homeschool While Traveling

We decided to homeschool our kids, because we wanted the flexibility to travel at any time instead of being tied to a typical school calendar. We homeschooled for a year and a half before we took our first trip. In that year and a half I learned about curriculums and my teaching style. My kids […]

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Packing Part 3: Packing for Guys and Packing Tech

In part 1 of our backpacking series Amanda shared why we like to use backpacks and what we packed for our kids. In Part 2 she shared what she packed for 8 weeks in Europe. Today I’m sharing what I packed for our trip. I have packed light with one bag before, but I figured I’d need more clothing […]

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Packing Part 2: Packing for Ladies

In part 1 of our backpacking series I shared why we like to use backpacks and how what we packed for our kids. In Part 2 I am sharing what I packed for 8 weeks in Europe. When deciding what to bring I needed to remember that everything I packed needed to fit in a […]

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Packing Part 1: Packing for the Kids

One cold New Year’s Eve night I dragged my large suitcase across snow covered, bricked sidewalks to my bus heading home to Texas from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. The trek is where I realized I had packed way too many things and I was embarrassed to be dragging such a large load. Daniel […]

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