Category: Growing Up Expat

A Year and a Half In…

I felt like I should give a quick update about being a little over 1.5 years into this crazy journey.   What has changed?  What do I know now?  How have my expectations met my reality? We are comfortably into our daily life here,…

Are We Addicted to the Fresh Start?

Living this slightly nomadic lifestyle has brought about such great excitement and adventure but also a few questions for me that I hadn’t previously thought about.  Because of the nature of our foreign post, we are limited in the time we can stay abroad…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Tres Anos

My baby is three.  It seemed so far away, until it was here.  And now she wants to be a big girl all the time. She is a smart, talented and beautiful. She loves twirling, painting, reading, nail polish, sprinkles, cats & dogs, swimming,…

Growing Up Expat: Raising an Extreme Extrovert

If I were to test Logan on the Myers-Briggs scale, I have no doubt that he would tip the charts as an extreme Extrovert.  He needs people like I need quiet time, they give him energy and make him happy.  This was especially obvious…

Growing Up Expat: How I Know She’s Going to Be Okay.

I knew that moving my children to a new country would come with its own adjustments and hurdles, but what I underestimated was just how long it would take my toddler to adjust to a new culture.  I feel like I can talk about…