Word of the Year 2020

In 2018, I heard of this interesting idea to have a word for the year. You can reflect on this word and really dig into how it has a place in your life. Words are powerful because they have more than just a surface meaning.

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What to Remember when Teaching About Cultures

When I created this blog, my heart was to promote parents learning with their children about other cultures. Of course, one of the best ways to do that is to travel, but there are many ways to expose yourself and your children to other countries and cultures. (For some ideas check out this post.)

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International Travel with Children

“Do we really need this?”

“Well, how much does it weigh? I guess if I am asking that question, we do not need it.”

“Did we want to check luggage this trip?”

“Did we check to see what ‘restroom’ is in the local language?”

The conversation for an international trip goes much different than a local trip! (For my post discussing local to you travel click here).

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The Right Time?

They had told us to come at lunch time. It was lunch time. Where was everyone?! Where was the food?!

We were at the canteen for the farm where my husband was interning, and we were starting to worry we were in the wrong place! I watched the children while my husband looked around for someone to ask if we were in the correct place. After about twenty minutes of waiting, the American who ran the farm came in and greeted us. We told him we were confused and wanted to make sure we were doing what we were supposed to. Read more

Change in Perspective

Slowly peering into the room, I dreaded what I had to do. Everything in my being was saying, “This is wrong!” I thought there is no way my body works like this. I had heard other travelers speak of this difference in this culture, but it did not hit me until that moment that I would have to partake in this particular aspect of this culture. Read more

A Visual Experience

This particular movie had not been on our radar. Isn’t it just another animated movie?

We patiently waited for it to be available for rent, where we could watch it from the comfort of our home. I am sure the kids will love it, I mean what animated Disney movie don’t they like?

We put it in, pretty excited to see how they would tell a new story…

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The Family Adventure Awaits…

The flight was so long! I had never been on a flight longer than a couple of hours before. The take-off and landing were exciting, otherwise it felt like a bumpy car ride with about one hundred strangers and a handful of people I knew. I picked up my luggage, and the anticipation was too much to bear! I just flew over the Atlantic Ocean and was in a land far removed from my own. Read more

Confusion from the Unexpected

He sat there, looking at me. A man. His hand was outstretched toward me…longing. His clothes were tattered, frayed beyond the worst piece of used clothing I own. He was dirty and, though the area smelled of body odor from being in the big city, I imagined he smelled from lack of personal hygiene as well. I could tell he was blind in at least one eye, but his face was a bit mangled so it could have been worse than I knew.

I did not know his story. I did not know the struggles he went through. I did not know if he had any support at all. I did not know how hungry he was, and I honestly did not know how to respond. Read more

A New Normal

I woke up in a new and unusual place. The family I was staying with was very different from my own. I was surprised by how quiet it was. We had been in the United Kingdom for just under two weeks, and all we had been exposed to was cities. Cities busier and more bustling than I had ever seen coming from Alabama. Yet, here I was staying in the home of a wonderful family who lived “in the countryside.” They had opened their home to me and another student on this trip, and we were soaking up every minute of it! Read more