Pura Vida: Lessons Learned for Quarantine in Costa Rica

Our trip to Costa Rica seems like a lifetime ago. We spent two weeks exploring one of the most unique places on the planet; and returned home just 1 day before the world turned upside down. In the two months since we have returned home I’ve had to cancel trips to Kentucky, Florida, Washington DC,…

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Hello Homeschooler

Well, that escalated quickly. Last week I was hiking in the rainforest of Costa Rica trying to find a red-eye tree frog and this week I’m fighting the masses for a roll of toilet paper.  Just because I classify myself in the homeschool mom category doesn’t mean this is my norm. Our norm consists of…

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Adventure + Messes + Motherhood

I’ve always loved to travel. There’s something so easily correlated between God and my travels. He’s so easy to find. His presence feels so obvious to me. Think about following your favorite artist around their gallery, around each corner is a new masterpiece to marvel at. When you stand at the bottom of a waterfall…

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Traveling with an Anxious Child

We all know that social media can be deceiving.  It shows polished photos and smiling faces, and not the 104 out-takes that consisted of tears, hair pulling, and blinking eyes to get that shot.  Or maybe that’s just us.  I didn’t create this space solely to encourage people to travel but to also make the…

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Raising Big Pictured Kids

One of the reasons we like to travel locally and globally is to expand our kids’ viewfinder.  It seems easier, at times, to do this when we are traveling.  Taking them to environments and cultures that are different from theirs naturally expands their awareness. When I walked the trash covered streets in Haiti and saw…

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Why Homeschooling Works for Us

I get asked all the time why we homeschool.  But before I attempt to answer that question let me clarify what this post is not.  It is not a post written to sway people into homeschooling.  I am not against the school system, quite the opposite actually.  I come from a long line of educators.  My…

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Learning to Live in the In-Between

I’m such a better mom on vacation.  I slow down, I don’t sweat the small stuff, I notice beauty in the details, I rarely yell, and I have lower expectations.When I’m traveling I’m more laid back, I laugh harder, I watch my kids when they sleep, I play more.  I spend my time relishing in the…

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Surprise Weekend At Universal Studios

The promotion to big brother is kinda like exercising for the first time in a while.  It sounds like a good idea until you can’t get out of bed the next day.   The promotion to big brother of twins is really more like a demotion if you think about it.  There’s 2x the crying, 2x…

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