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A Purposeful Peace

Yesterday was my 33rd birthday. I woke up early in the morning feeling empowered and filled with great expectation, ready to welcome in a new year with all of the adventures it will bring. I felt hopeful, joyful, and in a mood of celebration. Until I saw the news headlines, that is…

Big Travels with Little People: 5 Tips for International Travel with Children

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” -Mark Twain

I have always loved this quote, and the more I've traveled, the more it has resonated with me. We live in our American bubble and can so easily tune out the rest of the world if we choose to; or, we can choose to actually GO and experience other cultures, meet other people, learn other traditions, and expand our minds to what is "normal." There is so much more to each culture than what we see on the news and read through our filtered lenses. 

That is why, when I had the opportunity to take my girls (barely 1 year, and 3 years old) with my mom and me on a trip to Thailand, I was thrilled to do so. Sure, they likely won't remember the experience long-term, but there's something about exposing ev…

Seeing the World Through A Child's Eyes

It had been a long flight to Dubai, the first leg of our journey to Thailand. Only 6 hours into our 15 hour flight, my 3 year old Charlotte was jolted out of her sleep during a stretch of heavy turbulence and began vomiting... all over herself, all over me, and all over the seats surrounding us. As I consoled and cleaned up a very upset little girl in the tiny airplane bathroom, I prayed that this was not a stomach virus that would spread to myself or my other traveling companions - my mother and one year old daughter.

Fortunately, our flight crew was prompt in sanitizing our seats, and I had come prepared with clean changes of clothes for both of us. The sickness continued for a while, but we were pleased to realize it was directly related to the air turbulence, and the rest of us continued to feel well (despite getting zero sleep on the entire flight!)

Needless to say, by the time we arrived at our Middle East destination, we were exhausted and ready to go straight to our hotel wher…

Adeline Grace: A YEAR in the Life!

Our sweet Adeline Grace,
Happy FIRST birthday! You are an absolute JOY, and you carry such a peaceful spirit. You are gentle and kind, sweet and strong. Our first year with you has been simply delightful!  Here is a snapshot of your first year in pictures and milestones, and we look forward to what this next year will bring! --------------------
On November 16, only 6 hours after your due date had passed, you came into this world with ease and grace! You arrived quickly and caught us all by surprise with your head full of dark hair! 

1 Month
A pure bundle of joy, you joined our family at the most wonderful time of the year. You made our holidays sweeter, and we soaked up the chance to stay inside during the coldest months, snuggling every ounce of you. And what a SNUGGLER you are! 

2 Months Never a petite girl, we always said that God made you extra "sturdy" to keep up with your big sister. By two months, it was clear that you are incredibly strong and observant - always very a…