During a recent sermon, our pastor preached about not living a life of “accumulating regrets.”  At that moment, my husband and I glanced at each and we both knew what the other was thinking…let’s do it.  Two Southwest tickets and four weeks later, we were sitting in Bar Louie in Chicago for one of the […]

The following story of our global family field trip appeared in Birmingham’s Over the Mountain Journal on March 15.  It gives a 30,000 foot view of our ~5 month journey. Amped-up Road Trip.

Tank at the Cu Chi Tunnels outside Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Well, we’re back home. It feels crazy being home. The little things that first world countries take for granted–and you live without when you’re traveling–we have back now. I’m talking about unlimited hot water, clean clothes at your fingertips, and a pantry to graze through. But then it doesn’t feel crazy. It feels like we […]

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It took us 131 days to travel around the world. Watch Riley twirl through 10 countries in just 2.5 minutes.

Hoi An lanterns, Vietnam

Five months ago, if you were to ask me if I was looking forward to leaving for four+ months, the answer would have been no.  Nope.  Negative.  Not happening. Scratch that–actually if you were to have asked me, I would have most likely lied and said I was excited, with a fake smiled stretched across […]

Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam

When people learned of our “Global Family Field Trip” the responses were always the same: you’ll learn much more from traveling than you will from a textbook.  So I’ve created a 25 question quiz that summarizes some of the lessons we learned.  Please take it and let me know how you do!

Mutianyu section of the Great Wall

I regretted the words the minute they were out of my mouth.  No, I hadn’t been snippy with Dale, or snapped at the girls.  I’d done something much, much worse… I had tempted fate. The day before heading to China, our final stop on our ’round-the-world (RTW) adventure, Dale and I were reminiscing over the […]

Sarcophagus for Balinese Hindu cremation ceremony

What in the world are they making? I ask myself as we approach a young Balinese man standing atop a ladder, with two other young men assisting him.  The man on the ladder appears to be sewing the final touches on a larger-than-life bull piñata. With a quizzical look on my face, I ask “What […]

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When we pulled up to the beach my first impression was how different it was from any other beach I’d ever been to.  There was trash EVERYWHERE.  We were here to surf, not to drown in litter. I then learned how all of the trash accumulated on the beach.  Don’t blame it all on the […]

Putri Bali Spa, Ubud, Bali

If you’ve ever been to Sedona, Arizona, you know what it’s like: filled with yoga classes, high-end spas, and a Zen vibe.  Well…Asia has a Sedona, too.  It’s just under the name of Ubud, Bali.  The bonus about Bali is the ridiculously cheap prices. In this post I will compare prices for yoga and spas […]

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One of the best parts of having a baby is getting to choose the name, right?  While it may be for us Americans, the Balinese have a special naming system in which only four names are used! They don’t even get to pick from the four choices, because the Balinese and people of the nearby […]

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