A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
Hooray! It's Devin's birthday again! We had a whole lot of fun this year. The kids and I planned a small party on Devin's birthday...making a cake and a nice dinner. However, the week before his birthday, I made plans with a bunch of friends to have a huge surprise party!!! It was SO much fun to plan it all week long with my friends and with Claire! We got all the decorations and planned all the food. Then, in the early afternoon, I made the little boys take Devin to a nearby park to play so Claire and I could prepare. The best part was that the boys thought we were just making special food--they didn't know about the surprise party, either! :D Claire and I rushed around and made everything as fast as possible. Our friends trickled in and helped out with decorating and food prep. When Dev and the boys got back from the park we were ALMOST ready, so I made them all stay in the Lego room until I said that they could come up! :D It was SO fun to see the look on all their faces when they came up to the big crowd in our living room! :) We spent the evening singing songs with guitar accompaniment, eating LOTS of food, chatting, and just enjoying each other's company. The best was when Luchy got 'drunk' from Coke Zero. She's so hilarious! We had so much fun--I'm really grateful for our Bolivian family! :)
Just a few randomly fun things that the kids and I have done lately... Like science experiments with sugar, making and eating Falafel (mmmmmmmmmmm....), going through our games, sending friends off on missions, hiding in laundry baskets... You know. Just the usual stuff. :)
When we add-on, collect, and hoarde, we stop looking outside of ourselves. We become afraid to leave...afraid to lose our stuff...afraid to look around and try new things. It's good to start over--to rebuild--to start from scratch again. This is how I keep my foundation strong: take away the building and all the stuff every once in awhile so I can actually check my foundation and fix it up and restore it if it needs help.
While living the foreign service life is HARD, it's also very rewarding and rich--full of experiences that are unforgettable and life-changing. While there are times that I hate it--hate bidding (GAH!!!), hate moving and packing and unpacking, hate being so far from family all the time--it's these difficulties that have made me stronger and made me who I am. I am a better person because of it. I know who I am. My foundation is constantly checked and rechecked. Hard things are good.
Who Am I?
As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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