cartagena · colombia · expat kids · expat life · Growing Up Expat · holidays · Kids · South America · Third Culture Kids

The Importance of Visitors

This isn't a guilt trip, it's a welcome mat.  We are currently very thankful to have family in town and what a difference it makes in how you feel about being away from "home" during the holidays. Being able to share your new adventures is a therapeutic experience.  Showing people where you shop, the new… Continue reading The Importance of Visitors

cartagena · colombia · expat kids · expat life · Growing Up Expat · Kids · South America · Third Culture Kids

Third Culture Kids & Grief

I have been slowly reading this book, in between a few others for the past 6 months.  Before we started this process, I had a million questions, many of them I wrote about here.   Continuing to understand what happens to many Third Culture Kids (TCK) and Adult Third Culture Kids (ATCK) has been very eye-opening… Continue reading Third Culture Kids & Grief

expat kids · expat life · Growing Up Expat · Oregon · Slowlife · Travel · Vacation

Growing Up Expat: Summer Break

We are continuing our nomad summer up in Oregon and enjoying every minute.   While it is a much needed break for all of us, I am wondering if I am going to get my kids on the plane back to Colombia when the time comes? Not only have they had this extended vacation-like summer… Continue reading Growing Up Expat: Summer Break

Caribbean · cartagena · colombia · expat kids · expat life · Growing Up Expat · South America

Growing up Expat – The Gains

I wrote about the sacrifices that we make here, but I really wanted to spend these last few weeks before we head home for summer talking about what we have gained. Being Happy with Less - I'm not trying to get philosophical just yet, I plain and simple mean we live with less amenities than were… Continue reading Growing up Expat – The Gains

Caribbean · cartagena · colombia · expat kids · expat life · Growing Up Expat · South America

The Balance – Growing up Expat

I wrote this post a few months after we arrived in Colombia and for some reason, I didn't post it.  However, it's interesting to see how far we've come and I do feel that it's still applicable:  I am always in pursuit of the balance. There is such a fine balance between raising your kids… Continue reading The Balance – Growing up Expat

cartagena · colombia · expat kids · expat life · Growing Up Expat · South America

Growing Up Expat: What you Sacrifice

I wanted to write a post that analyzes both what you give up to be an expat and what you hopefully gain.  I'm first going to discuss sacrifices, not because I want to highlight the negative but because these were my thoughts before we ever agreed to come to Colombia.  Moving overseas with young children… Continue reading Growing Up Expat: What you Sacrifice