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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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Traveling with a Nanny

We pictured ourselves sitting in a living room on a couch. It’s around 8 o’clock at night and the kids have just been put to bed. I’m looking at something on my laptop and Amanda’s reading her Kindle. We mention possibly renting a movie or watching a show on Netflix. This scene is very typical […]

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An Update from Paris

An Update From Paris!

We have now been traveling as a family plus a nanny for 5 weeks in Europe! We have been sending out personal updates through our Team Espinoza Newsletter over the last few weeks. If you don’t want to miss out on what is happening, then you can sign up for our newsletter here. (Note: This […]

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