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Expanding Worldviews

travel indonesia

Travel with me through Indonesia!  The sights and sounds are different and very unique.  Indonesia is a fascinating country to study because there are several different cultures within the one country.  This post will be a great starting place for your country study, but nothing replaces a good book.  You can find a great kids …

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traveling

Traveling With Tots Traveling with littles is not for the faint of heart!  When a surprise pregnancy at almost 40 started us traveling back and forth again, I didn’t quite know what I was getting into.  On our last trip overseas, a family a couple of rows over had a 3 year old that screamed …

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gift

Our family travels A LOT! We are always hopping on a plane on our next adventure, and this can sometimes involve living out of a suitcase for a little while. We all have that person in our lives who always seems to be traveling the world or always on the go. These gift ideas are …

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North Korea

Growing up together in a foreign country can forge friendships quickly and with a strength of steel.  My closest friend when I was growing up in South Korea was also named Joy!  We were inseparable and people called us Joy squared.  We haven’t lived close to each other for over 20 years, but we are …

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world resources

I LOVE having resources from Around the World at my fingertips, but most of the time I have to spend so much time searching!  I know your time is precious, so I’ve done the work for you! You will find all kinds of resources for learning about our world in separate categories.  Finding resources have …

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An awkward silence filled the air between us.  You wouldn’t think such a simple question would cause anxiety to fill me and a lump to rise in my throat.  Instead of answers, questions arise in my mind.  What do they really want to know?  Is there something specific I should say?  What part of my …

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I Hate the Great Halloween Debate! Do you get tired of hearing the debate year after year on whether or not Christians should celebrate Halloween??  I know I did!  When my hubby and I started having children we had to make those important decisions for our family.  Will we celebrate Halloween?  Will we do Santa …

Christmas on Halloween?! Read More »

TCK

What is a TCK? Before we get to what a TCK believes, we have to know what a TCK is!  The term TCK stands for Third Culture Kid.  Ruth Van Reken from TCK World says, “A third culture kid is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside …

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A Christmas Eve service seemed normal enough.  We’d attended this infant church, housed in a tent, for the nine months we had so far spent immersed in Korean language study.  Tomorrow would be our family’s first Christmas in our adopted country.  When the pastor told us about a 10:00pm service this evening, we readily agreed …

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Culture Shock

Culture Shock!  It can hit at any time. It rears it’s ugly head without any warning. Symptoms include irrational fears, anger, frustration, tears, utter shock, desires to be a hermit, changes in appetite (i.e. needing more chocolate than normal), not wanting to get out of bed, forgetting how to speak, the desire to go back …

To the Mom Living with Culture Shock Read More »