*Day 1 of 31 days of Traveling & Living Overseas with Kids
**All stories are true.
This past January our family of 6 handed over 30 pieces of luggage to an airline representative
and left the States for a temporary 1 year assignment in the Middle East.
My husband’s job requires him to travel the region
and while we have to pay our own way,
the kids and I join in whenever possible.
It’s apt to come up and so I’ll explain now.
We have many reasons why we pursue traveling internationally with kids.
We desire to instill in our children how vast & small the world is……
There are so many languages, so many ways to live, but all of us need
Jesus, food & water.
To educate us on other cultures, foods, daily practices, landscapes & opinions…
…floating in the Dead Sea in Jordan,
enjoying stretching Turkish ice cream,
watching women carry luggage on their heads in Egypt.
We want to increase our children’s self-esteem and confidence in
who God made them to be….
This comes from daily interactions in a foreign language,
going to a school where the primary language is Arabic,
and of course bartering in different languages.
We want our kids to develop a love for others different from us…
We have done this through giving a beggar our to-go food,
laughing over mistranslations,
recognizing beauty in all humans as they are His image-bearers.
We want to grow our patience…
-standing for hours in airport lines (or waiting for an airport to open!)
-walking all day searching for a single shop within a medina
-finding King David’s cave in Israel after climbing beyond our comfort range
-smelling the tanneries in Morocco
We want to remember that the Holy Spirit lives within us always
and our eternal home is in heaven…
So when we don’t know the language or our riyad has bugs in the curtains
we can remember whose we are and where our true home is.
Some of the countries we’ve visited are:
Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Morocco, Spain & Jordan.
And there is more on the calendar in the coming month or two.
These next 30 days I’ll draw from my experiences (good & bad),
to hopefully give you a realistic account of traveling internationally with kids.
And on an ending note, my friend gave me permission to stop if this type of writing schedule is too much for me.
Hopefully I’ll stick with it and meet some new friends! 🙂