From Our Ears & Mouths

   
Mama: “Who wrote the gruffalo?”
Hallmark: “CS Lewis!”

Hallmark: “Is CS Lewis our godfather?”
Hallmark: “The bumps on his face look like he has whiskers.”
Hallmark: “I’d like a Komodo dragon for a pet. I’d call him Dragon.”
Hallmark: “If my wife and I have a baby boy then we’ll all go into space.”
Hallmark: “You look beautiful Scoob!”

Scoob: “No I don’t. I’m not wearing a dress.”

Hallmark: “You don’t have to wear a dress to look beautiful.”

Daddy: “You have the best mama in the whole wide world.”

Hallmark shocked: “What?!”
 
Joyfull: “My nose hurts from bless-you-ing!”

  
Mama seeing Scoob looking through the Bible: “What are you reading in the Bible?”

Scoob: “George & Martha”

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Fighting Homesickness, Education & Good Reads

*Day 30 of 31 days of Traveling & Living Overseas with Kids

**All stories are true.

It happens to us all, we get homesick for the greener grass of another country.

Sometimes we don’t remember the hardships back in America,

or we are don’t care and just want to feel normal again.

When my kids hit the homesickness bug,

we try to build them up through a few ways.

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We listen to familiar music that we learned in the States,

Read books we brought over,

look at pictures and home videos taken in the States,

and we remind each other of memories we had.

Finally the kids love to hear their birth stories and

that seems to soothe them as they realize they are a part of a family

and they are loved!

 

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A few books I would recommend for those traveling, moving or living overseas

are:

Uprooted by Rebecca Vandoodewaard

Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider

Third Culture Kids by David Pollack

and for kids,

It will be Okay by Lysa TerKeurst

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What are books you’ve found helpful?

If you haven’t traveled before, do you want to travel with your kids?

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I would live in Morocco…

*Day 27 of 31 days of Traveling & Living Overseas with Kids

**All stories are true.

Because….

I could learn French easily!

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The ferry boat from Morocco takes us to Spain and in Spain there’s delicious food,

delightful sangria & the gateway to Europe.

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Morocco has both mountains & oceans.

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There’s fresh egg guys in the medinas,

Why does the brown eggs make me like them more???

Also because of their culture, they typically grow seasonal and organic produce

which is an added benefit!

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  I would buy more rugs than I did and would consider opening an etsy shop to sell rugs

and hopefully create a co-op business for those in need.

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Other than the country you live in currently, is there another country you dream of living in?

On the Flip Side

*Day 23 of 31 days of Traveling & Living Overseas with Kids

**All stories are true.

Yesterday’s post was on itching to travel but there’s also the indications that the kids (& I) are ready to be home again.
  
When the kids request vegetables and look for healthier foods beyond pizza, that’s a clue they are yearning for home and home cooking.
Or when they ask for a quiet moment where I can read aloud to them reminiscent of our daily life at home 

  
And another sure fire sign is when they sleep in past their normal early bird hour in the hotel beds. The adventures are not as thrilling as they were at the beginning of our journey.