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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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This post may contain affiliate links. I remember the anxiety that began as my firstborn turned 3 and then 4!  What was the best way to educate this little guy?  We decided to put him in a private 3 day a week K4 program that was geared to getting these little people ready for kindergarten.  …

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  “Do all that you can to live in PEACE with everyone.” Romans 12:18 (NLT) When my firstborn child was little, I allowed my own selfish opinion and ego to get in the way of an important extended family relationship.  To me, it was too important to state my opinion and allow my mommy emotions …

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This post may contain affiliate links. #1 The #1 Item I must have at the beginning of every school year is a good COFFEE MUG!  A regular mug doesn’t do it.  I have to reheat my coffee 5 times before I finish.  Who wants to do that?!  I have found that a good stainless steel …

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  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 …

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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 …

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