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Meet the Leite Family! Meet Alessandro (Al) and Rachel Leite.  This beautiful couple has been married 15 years and have 4 children,  Hava (10 – 6th grade), Levi (8 – 4th grade), Daniel (5 – 1st grade), and Boaz (4 months).  Both parents have roots in Brazil and now live in Texas. What do you …

Family Spotlight! From Brazil to the U.S. Read More »

I always thought that preparing food ahead and canning or freezing in bulk was something you did on a farm or if you lived a long way out of town.  I have found that canning and freezing food ahead of time while overseas can save my sanity!  One thing I have learned is that you …

Preserving Food to Make Life Easier! Read More »

How do you enjoy fall in the tropics? 6 Ways to Enjoy the Season When There Isn’t One! {This post may contain my referral links. You can see my full Disclosure and Cookie Policies or my updated Privacy Policy for more details.} It is hard to celebrate the seasons when the weather doesn’t change.  How do you …

Autumn in the Tropics Read More »

Meet Justin and Helen!  Their son, Caleb, is 8 years old and their daughter, Caroline is 6.  This amazing family is living and homeschooling in Mongolia!  {This post may contain some of my referral links} What do you consider your “home” country and where are you living now? We consider our home country to be …

Family Spotlight in Mongolia! Read More »

My husband’s last remaining grandparent died today.  We weren’t there.  Sometimes that seems to be our mantra when thinking about our family across the world.  We aren’t there.  I am always afraid to tell my kids things that are going on “back in the U.S.”  Either they are sad because something bad has happened and …

Helping Kids Deal With Loss When You Are Far Away Read More »

The mountain village where I live doesn’t have much to do.  We don’t have great restaurants, no movie theaters, no malls or anywhere else fun to go.   As a result, the people make their own fun!  The most recent trend in Wamena is decorating your vehicle in a theme.  It has become a game for …

Making Your Own Fun Overseas Read More »

Living in another culture brings different kinds of challenges.  In the moment, they can be embarrassing or even horrifying, but later they can actually bring a smile.  When learning a new language in a new culture, you have to give yourself a little grace, and even learn to laugh at yourself.  Sometimes you just have …

Funny Foreigner Faux Pas Read More »

  Living in a third world country can be crazy at times, different at others, or just plain exhausting!  Have you ever wondered how your life would be different if you lived overseas?  This is your chance to walk in another person’s shoes! 10.  SHOPPING Shopping can take it’s toll when you have to go …

10 Things I do Differently Living Overseas Read More »

The Brinkman Adventures Radio Shows are such an entertaining and educational way to practice listening with my children, that when I heard about the new curriculum that accompanies these shows, I was ecstatic!  These Adventures go right along with what Teach Me Joy is all about.  These based on truth stories expand your child’s world …

Brinkman Adventures Curriculum Review Read More »

Most people wouldn’t even dream about living in a remote town in the mountains of Papua, Indonesia that is only accessible by air.  But that is exactly what the Jongkind family has done!  Jaap-Jan, Willeke and their four children, Jonathan, Naomi, Jerusha and Juda are from Holland, but they live, work and homeschool in Wamena, …

Spotlight on Papua, Indonesia! Read More »