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7 Years, 7 Reflections of a Life Overseas

It’s hard to believe that seven years have passed since our little family of four sold almost all of our belongings and transplanted ourselves to the other side of the world.  Seven years.  Now, we’re a family of almost eight.   Time has crept by and zoomed past, both at the same time.  Sitting in my nice […]

Remember the Little Things Through Photography

It’s easy to take for granted the things we see every day. The places we go and the things we do don’t always seem very noteworthy or in need of a photograph. The grocery store, the hole-in-the-wall (often literal!) restaurant you love, the take out menus that make “those” days overseas a bit easier to […]

Blogaversary, Exciting News and an {Amazon} Giveaway

What began as a Facebook conversation morphed into Taking Route.  “Hey, let’s start a blog.”  And so we did.   Our heart was (and still is) to connect the global expat world.  To shorten the distance between us. To give expats an outlet to share their hearts and their talents.  To encourage those who feel they are […]

A Call to Older Expat Women: Help!

Three kids, cloth diapers, homeschool, 2-day power outages, long nasty trips to the market, strep throat, babies cutting molars, temper tantrums, power-struggles, husbands in the bush, broken water pump, lice…again.  No grandparents, no Mommy-Day-Out, no Starbucks, no gym with a pool, no fellowship nursery, no safe outdoor playground, no car, no dishwasher, no air-conditioner. Do you […]

Wherever He Leads I’ll Go, Maybe

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Hey expat ladies! Have you heard about the blog for expat women, Velvet Ashes? If you haven’t you should hop on over there and take a look around. There are a lot of encouraging posts written by fellow expat women, just like you, living life abroad. I had the opportunity to guest post over there […]

Two Different Versions of Me

52 days from now I will fly across the ocean. I’ll sit in a plane full of strangers, all going different places. For me, it will be going home. I’ll bounce my daughter on my lap and hold her close as we land. I’ll step into the airport and walk right back into everything familiar […]

Dear Host Culture, These Things I Vow to You

Dear Host Country, We’ve gone through a lot ever since I stepped foot within your borders and rolled my luggage past the “Welcome!” sign for the first time. We’ve had our ups (delicious food, friendly people, beautiful new landscapes, learning a new language) and we’ve had our downs (visas renewals, immigration offices, paperwork for days, […]

Thriving as an Extrovert in an Isolated Place

I’m an off the chart extrovert (if I haven’t mentioned that before).  When my parents would ask me the question, “If your friends jumped off a bridge would you,”  I would honestly answer, “Of course! It would be so lonely up on the bridge.”  My life motto: As long as we can all be together. […]