Beach Clubs, Projects, and Kids

Recently, thanks to some friends, we discovered the wonders of beach clubs. Typically, I'm not a big fan of beaches. I do love looking at them, feeling the sand under my feet, and playing in the water and waves can be fun, too. But I have trouble enjoying the aftermath of sandy clothes and a sticky body, and if there's no shade or food around, I typically don't want to stay long. Fortunately, p... Read More

Creative Projects and Productivity

When we came back to Bali a few weeks ago, we really hit the ground running. We've been very busy, but also creative and productive, and have been enjoying our time immensely. Within one week, we found a house we wanted to live in. It's a small 3-bedroom house near Ubud, but it's completely unfurnished and needs some renovation. We signed a lease for 13 years, and have been having fun playing arou... Read More

Sal Tlay Ka Siti

While the memories are still relatively fresh, I wanted to write and organize the thoughts, pictures, and videos surrounding our recent trips to Salt Lake City, the Western Caribbean, and New Orleans. I'll write one post on each of these. It had been about two years since we last visited our home town of Salt Lake City, Utah. We still have many family and friends there and it was wonderful to s... Read More

12 Tips for Raising Young Children Abroad

One of our blog readers recently requested to hear Jennifer's perspective on raising young children abroad, along with some tips she's learned in the process. The following post is her reply. Raising our young children abroad for the past three years has been more of a catalyst for learning than I ever would have imagined, and my expectations were already quite high to begin with. It's... Read More


Silence is blissful, distressing, revealing, and difficult to maintain. You may have noticed I haven't written on this blog for over a month. I think that's the longest I've ever gone. I've also been posting less on Facebook and Twitter. When we decided to settle in Bali, I wanted the next year to be one of contemplation, inner growth, and self-discovery. (Yes, even more than usual.) The deeper... Read More

She Walks

The day has come. At 14 months old, our baby has learned to walk! She still prefers crawling most of the time, but is now able to stand and walk on her own two feet. Congratulations Aysia! This post will mostly consist of photos and videos of her. ... Read More

A Different Kind of Christmas

Christmas has been very different for us since we moved abroad, in more ways than just being far from extended family. Even before we left, we became disenchanted with certain aspects of the holiday, ...

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Traveling through Hawaii

It's been two weeks since we left Costa Rica for our new home in Malaysia, and even though we're not there yet (we'll be there in a few hours) we've been loving the journey. After leaving Costa Rica, we stopped to visit friends and family in Utah, Washington, and Hawaii. Here are some recent pictures and a summary of the past two weeks. First, before we left Costa Rica, we had a flock of parro... Read More

Local and Fun Activities

We've now been to most of the tourist hot spots in Costa Rica, including many that are less well known. But that hasn't stopped us from having fun and finding other enjoyable activities to do. During the past few weeks, we've had a great time doing more local activities and being with our friends. I didn't dedicate a blog post to any one of these activities, but I do want to remember them, so I th... Read More

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Food

One of the biggest struggles parents face is trying to get kids to eat healthy food. We experience this regularly in my family as we travel to different parts of the world. Granted, you can find restaurants anywhere that have kid-friendly food like chicken nuggets, little pizzas, macaroni and cheese, or spaghetti. And if you're cooking at home, you can tailor the food to your childrens' tastes. Bu... Read More