Final Post on Living & Traveling Overseas

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

**All stories are true.


Traveling overseas is an adventure

and with children it’s a journey

from learning more about yourself to

recognizing when the kids are just plain exhausted.

IMG_6439You’ll come across weird sightings like this black light in our bathroom in Turkey.



To sitting on the Mountain where Jesus preached the Beatitudes


You’ll see your kids grow and develop a wider worldview,


and overcome obstacles they wouldn’t have tried before.


Sometimes you’ll feel a bit wonky,


Or maybe even dirty…


so clearly life’s not always going to be as easy as floating in the Dead Sea,

but seeing the world is worth it all!



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.


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!



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


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


What are books you’ve found helpful?

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


An Unexpected ER Visit

*Day 25 of 31 days of Traveling & Living Overseas with Kids

**All stories are true.IMG_9240

I got a call from the Arabic preschool explaining Hallmark fell off the slide and his arm was hurt.

It was my first experience with the ER and I was thankful for the great care we received!

This country is known for it’s medical tourism

and most doctors are trained in Western countries

such as Canada, America & France.

The parking was hardest and the hospital was in a congested area.

Thankfully there was valet parking for those going to the ER

which made me have a sigh of relief.


Many of the staff spoke English which was quite helpful as my Arabic is nearly zilch.

They were friendly and timely.

They consulted with a pediatric orthopedic without delaying or our asking.

And the x-rays and total visit cost less than $50!!

IMG_9236We entertained ourselves with selfie pictures,

granola bars & water (I keep a stash in the van),

texting out messages to family

and playing jelly splash on my phone.

Daddy came to the rescue and helped us get home.

Have you had to get urgent medical care in a foreign country?

What was your experience?

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. 

Fighting Parasites Naturally

*Day 20 of 31 days of Traveling & Living Overseas with Kids

**All stories are true.

This isn’t anything earth shattering but

I wanted to jot down a few tips

for combating the nasty intestinal parasites

that pervades many countries like ours.

I have found the Bulk Herb Store

to be a great resource for information and quality ingredients.

I also like Mountain Rose Herbs.


My husband, Optimist, has been besieged with parasites on numerous occasions.

The typical treatment here is antibiotics.

From what I have read

antibiotics don’t really treat adequately

or aid in rebuilding the immune system against further attacks.

What has worked for us is taking cayenne & garlic capsules,

cooking with extra garlic, ginger and of course cayenne.

On top of that we’ve found that black walnut hull with raw honey in hot water

tastes good and helps to cleanse the body of the little nasty guys.

Hallmark loves it and has called it his coffee tea!

If you want an incredibly bitter but powerful tea,

combine wormwood (see Proverbs 5:4),

freshly ground cloves

& black walnut hull for a tea that will remind your mouth what bitter is

and will also rid your body of the parasites ASAP!

I was experiencing a lot of parasite symptoms for a day or two

and as soon as I took the trio tea within an hour I was feeling so much better.

When we travel, we pack extra cayenne and garlic pills

which we’ll take after we’ve eaten at a less than clean restaurant.

This practice has done wonders in keeping my husband parasite free!

There’s lots of scientific research on all this but I’m not one to post all of that.

Do your own research!