Growing Up Expat: Going Home

So here we are.  We have told the kids that we are moving home.  They are both excited, but not entirely sure how this new life at home looks just yet.   It is home, but it will also be a new house, new schools, and new routines. We are sub 30 days and I […]

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Growing Up Expat: Traveling with an Introvert

I wanted to talk a little bit about traveling with your family for longer than a typical vacation.  Being out of your own space for longer than a week can present its own side effects.  As my children get older, there are different needs that need to be met in order for everyone to have […]

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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, long enough to establish “favorites” but still fresh enough to see […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Growing Up Expat: Milestones in Another Culture

Just a few days ago, my oldest lost another front tooth.  It isn’t his first and yet, with each baby tooth lost, he looks a little bit older.  I look at this tiny tooth that we are putting under his pillow for the tooth fairy and I can’t help but reminisce. I remember the first […]

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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 […]

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