and Deciding what to Leave Behind

In other words… what stays and what goes?  What is worth keeping and shipping versus what should we sell or give away?  To a single minimalist, the answer is very simple; but when it comes to a family where one parent or child likes to get rid of things and another one doesn’t, it is more of an enigma that requires a lot of prayer, wisdom and patience.  These are the things we are doing: Continue reading

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and Welcoming Foreign Families

IMG_3453It has been more than 30 years since my parents took their four children on a journey that would change our lives. We left our home country, Honduras, and traveled to Boulder, Colorado in the winter.  One of my first memories of that journey was looking through the airplane window down at the endless white of winter snow.  I had never seen snow before.  My dad, who had been awarded a scholarship to study at CU, was waiting for us at the airport gate with all our winter coats.  He had gone six month ahead of us to begin his ESL (English as a Second Language) studies before commencing his master’s degree in economics.  Those three years in Boulder, as I recall them, were pretty amazing. Why?  What made them special?  Here are some suggestions of what I am able to remember: Continue reading

and Pet Relocation

IMG_1798Nilla is about four years old and was given to us as a kitten by a local friend.  She is a good hunter and loves to eat geckos.  Being the good outdoor cat that she is, we haven’t had any snakes or mice in our house.  She is also our daughter’s pet and we can’t part without her.  It is certainly more convenient for mom and dad to leaver her in a familiar environment that is warm and full of geckos.  But, when children are about to be uprooted, it is worth the time and money to take their most precious items (and pets) so that they will not be parting with everything they know to be familiar and loved.  Here are the steps we’re taking to take Nilla with us: Continue reading