1. Kara says:

    Wishing you a most wonderful move! And, thankful that you don’t mind sharing stories like the one of the photo. I really kick myself when I do similar things – especially when it’s someone I’m excited about helping or talking with and then I put my foot in my mouth culturally – but it’s comforting to know it happens to everyone. Looking forward to hearing about life on the beach… love to you all!

  2. Dad says:

    Wow…made me cry. Sure proud of you for your gifts and vulnerable heart and willingness to live on the edge for the sake of what is right and good. Your three lessons are truly profound…and authenticated by the life you have been living. You write with authority on those matters.

  3. Kelly says:

    Sounds like a wonderful experience all around – overall. You do such a great job of using words to describe the journey you are on.

  4. swooning with delight! beautiful!

    PS -the security question that will allow me to post is a math problem ;-( I hope you see this!

  5. Jeanine says:

    Hi, I’m a new reader but am already finding myself excited when I see your posts in my reader. And this post is exactly why. The depth of your living abroad reminds of some of my own travels I suppose. And I can’t help but love imagining what living abroad WITH KIDS as a family is like. The journey you are taking is such an important one and so incredibly refreshing to read about.
    Just wanted to comment on tour story about the Mayan Mama. It left me remembering so well the many proud people that have humbled me with one short gaze. Reducing me to a thought-i-was-helping, now feel like an awkward-silly-neo-techie-with-my-dang-camera-in-hand. There’s something so raw in those confrontations. How we can snap away stateside at just about anything or anyone with our phones, cameras, computers…and then find people elsewhere who want nothing to do with it. Reality check.
    Anyhow, enjoying reading here. And may you travel safely and in beauty.

  6. Courtney says:

    Ahhh the photo mishap~ I’ve stepped in that snare many times, like a moth to a flame. My favorite part about this story is the basketball.

  7. Love this story! It is inspiring to me to see people who can just shed their belongings so easily and pick and move to a new life. WELL, I am sure it is not always easy, but still inspiring. Who knew a yard sale could lead to so much cultural conundrum and understanding?? Great story.

  8. Irina says:

    Wonderful article.

  9. Erika says:

    Words cannot express how much I love your blog. I think it’s because for the first time in a long time I really connect with someone. My mother was born and raised in Mexico and every Christmas growing up we would go visit her family in a tiny village 12 hours from the border, where we lived. It was always a truly humbling experience and shaped my views on life and the world. As my little brother said once, when you come back you turn off the running water when you’re brushing your teeth! You come back changed, with an appreciation for every thing. How can you not when others express such joy over things you no longer want. Thank you for sharing.

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