Is Our Family Really “Wildly Unconventional”? Listen and Find Out!

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During the last two weeks of our year-long journey around the world, I had the opportunity to spend an hour talking with one of my dear friends, Tsh Oxendreider of The Art of Simple. We eagerly gabbed about our family’s journey, everything from the size and contents of our children’s backpacks, how we moved towards an unschooling/worldschooling philosophy and what “school” looked like on the road, how we booked a gazillion plane tickets, what type of housing we found around the globe, and why we’ve […]

The surprising things you learn when escaping the mundane (hint: it isn’t as mundane as you think).

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It happens every time we slow down. During this whirlwind, around-the-world trip of ours, usually staying in one place for anywhere from one to four weeks is when I feel it most keenly. But every so often, even three days in an apartment with a kitchenette can bring it out in me. Sometimes it finds me scrubbing laundry by hand in hotel room sinks as the hands on the clock reach up towards midnight. Other times it results in an over-stocked fridge with more fresh […]

12 Things My Children Learned While Worldschooling This Year

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I’m probably my toughest critic. As we planned for and embarked on this one-year journey around the globe with our young family (kids ages 8, 5 ½, 3 ½ and 11 months at the time of departure), I had high hopes and even higher expectations for what their homeschooling would look like. After all, we were a hard working, determined, classical-education loving family. Certainly we could do this! Then reality set in. Traveling with four young children is awesome, exhilarating and absolutely worthwhile. Also, it […]

Day in the Life of a Family of Six, Traveling Around the World

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Seeing as our family is currently traveling around the world for a year, one might think that our lives are never-ending adventure, a continual parade of exotic days, unimaginable experiences, and all around pretty darn romantic. Occasionally, that feels true and we pinch ourselves and wonder aloud how we are so blessed to be this happily nomadic family. Yet most of the time, our vagabond selves live lives that include many remarkable moments, while being simultaneously normal, down-to-earth, and full of the regular challenges that […]

Coping Strategies During Busy Seasons (Plus My Meal Planning eBook for $0.99!)

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Life on the road is more fast paced and full than I expected it to be. Keeping up with our two businesses, homeschooling, the daily cultural challenges of living in a foreign country (i.e. language barriers, grocery shopping, trying to accomplish errands, etc.), and planning our next steps as we journey around the world (accommodations, transportation, research & itineraries) keeps us on our toes, for sure. Add that to trying to make sure we we get out, see and do new things, and have the […]

We’re Going Around the World. Literally.

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Written by Stephanie Langford, Creator of Keeper of the Home I’ve been thinking about writing this post for so long, and yet now that I’m writing it, it feels surreal and I don’t even know what to say. For the last several weeks, I’ve been hinting that our family is packing up and that an announcement is coming, so here it is: This Tuesday morning, our family is getting on an airplane and starting the trip of a lifetime. We’ll be traveling around the world. […]

Day in the Life: Rachel (Busy Mom of a 3 and 5 year old)

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Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer I am 30. This might be young to some while older to others, and even though age isn’t significant in motherhood, at 30 this year has been the hardest year of my life. Although I would like to give you my “ideal” scenario day, this is my life… for now and sometimes the day that I think would be better if x, y, and z, I know the Lord is preparing my heart for something beyond my dreams! God can do anything, you know—far more than you […]

Kepler’s Birth Story: Water, Water, Everywhere

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Seems that I have a pattern of prodromal labor and going late. My babies don’t seem late, though, nor do they get too large, so I think I’ve learned that I can easily let them bake away for an extra week or two with no concern. That said, I get impatient and very uncomfortable at the end and the prodromal labor wears me out (though my hubby tries to remind me that it makes my labors shorter and easier when they do happen, and I’m […]