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Be the Hummingbird: How Your Best Is All You Need to Be Doing

Today, I talked to friends that were directly affected by Hurricane Irma. They sounded defeated. And after over a week of gut-wrenching worry – of losing their homes, their businesses, and communication with many people they love, who could blame them? They haven’t slept in days and barely eaten, sick with worry about what will become of the islands they have loved and called home. And in talking to them, they reminded me of the story of the hummingbird*....

Coffee Talks: No Need to Worry… Mommy is Just Ugly Crying

What’s the first thing you do when you feel like you’re going to cry in front of your kids? You leave the room, right? What’s the first thing you do when your kid gets hurt? Pick them up and say, “Now, now. It’s ok. I’m here. Don’t cry.” We spend a lot of time trying to avoid tears from our kids and a lot of time hiding our own. And maybe we shouldn’t. I’ve been on an emotional seesaw the last couple...

Visiting Aldeas Infantiles Orphanage: Finding Real Christmas Spirit

Husband and I have known since year one in DR that we wanted to take our kids to the yearly Aldeas Infantiles orphanage Christmas visit organized by the middle school National Junior Honor Society. It became even more possible, last year, when Husband became the advisor for NJHS* and actually do-able this year, now that our kids were older. Find more information about Aldeas Infantiles SOS.*      Pulling into the orphanage for a Christmas visit would have been special enough. Some...

Gratitude Through Travel Series

Finding Gratitude Through Travel

Travel can teach us many things: acceptance, flexibility, awareness. And if we allow it, it teaches us deep gratitude. Gratitude for one another, gratitude for what we have, gratitude for what we don’t need, gratitude for new experiences, gratitude for life. Today, in our Gratitude Through Travel Series, Aaron from Amble Unbound tells us how finding gratitude through travel has made all the difference. (Check out his travel tip!)   After visiting 35 countries around the world and spending years out on...

Gratitude Through Travel Series

How Travel Feeds My Gratitude

There is a moment of transcendence that occurs sometimes when I’m surrounded by family and friends, drinking a glass of vino, overlooking some perfect corner of the world. It’s more than feeling blessed, more than a moment of gratitude. Maybe it’s what yogis describe in their practice; a space of peace, of center, of feeling like all is right and that my place in the world is a beautiful place to be. In those times, travel makes me grateful because whether I’m home or...

Island Life Gratitude

Thanksgiving is approaching so gratitude is in a full-blown, category 5. I’ve found that living abroad hasn’t necessarily made me more grateful but rather more aware of the things I’m grateful for. Part of it is that I go without some of the luxuries of home and so I’m thankful for the things I have here in DR and the things I am fortunate to have back in the States. Part of it is that life is slower so I have more time to lounge...

Consider Yourself Lucky

Free Printable / On the Specials Board this week: We returned back to our little island life on Friday with all but one suitcase – one casualty – not bad if you ask me. And today, Monday, is the first day back at Husband’s school. All the familiar faces. Same laughs, same gestures, same smiles. Same questions, same answers. How was your summer? – It was awesome.  It’s a good day. So, clearly, I looked for a coming home quote....

SnapShots: Dominican Republic Year 3

I am a lucky girl. I live on a beautiful island full of beautiful, fun people and get to make beautiful memories with my beautiful, healthy family. What else could anyone ask for? Anything extra is a bonus and there are plenty of bonuses. Here is a snapshot of YEAR 3 in the Dominican Republic:   We are fortunate to live close to the beach and to spend long weekends relaxing in the sun and drinking frosty rum drinks. The Bluffs, originally named Praxe’s Bluffs after...

The Haves and the Have Nots

Thanks to the Expat Blog Challenge, this month has been allowing me a lot of time to think about this expat life that Husband and I have built. I’ve had my hands full the last few years with having a baby, mothering a baby, raising a baby, growing another baby, having another baby, mothering… you get it. I’ve been busy. Point is, I haven’t thought written too much about our life abroad since life as a mom trumps everything… always. So...