Final Post on Living & Traveling Overseas

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

**All stories are true.

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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.

 

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To sitting on the Mountain where Jesus preached the Beatitudes

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

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and overcome obstacles they wouldn’t have tried before.

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Sometimes you’ll feel a bit wonky,

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Or maybe even dirty…

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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!

 

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Fighting Homesickness, Education & Good Reads

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

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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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Laundry & the Normal Chaos Routine

*Day 28 of 31 days of Traveling & Living Overseas with Kids

**All stories are true.

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It’s all laundry that needs to be done. During our trips,

we typically have one large bag full of dirty laundry.

Our househelper probably doesn’t love it

but she has a lighter schedule when we are gone!

While traveling always has some bumps,

the more we adventure as a family,

the more routine it gets.

~Who will sit by whom,

~who will sleep on the floor,

~we always pack plastic bags and wipes for accidents and clean ups,

~pack extra toilet paper most public restrooms do not carry them,

~kids learn to occupy their time and make up games while we wait

I would live in the Paris Airport…

*Day 26 of 31 days of Traveling & Living Overseas with Kids

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Unfortunately I can’t find any of the pictures I snapped of the Charles De Gaulle Airport.

But I was impressed when we were there for a few hours in a layover.

~It has cold drinking fountains for free.

~There are comfy lounge couches that we fell asleep on.

~There’s a piano in Terminal K free to play.

~Free wifi, that actually works.

~Fresh & Healthy food stands

Have you ever encountered an airport that you just loved?

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.