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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 TropicsRead More »

I was in shock.  I was just told that the school system in our state took out handwriting as a subject.  What were they thinking?! I had just finished my training as an educational therapist through the National Institute of Learning Disabilities.  This training taught the importance of cursive handwriting and how to implement it …

The Great Cursive Debate: 5 Things You Never KnewRead 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 AwayRead More »

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Sore muscles.  Skin hurts to touch.  Hips too sore to walk.  Stomach aches.  Sore throat.  And MORE!  My body was betraying me and I felt stalked by failure!  Homeschool, taking care of my family, being a good wife – all of it was more than I could bear. We were in the process of raising …

When Your Body Betrays YouRead 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 OverseasRead 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 PasRead More »