Ethiopia was such an amazing place to spend the first three years of marriage and family. Here are some of the picture highlights from our time in Ethiopia.Read More
I want to give all my fellow travelers, adventurers and livers-of-life (not an actual liver) my best breakdown tips. They are very simple but deeply profound. Whatever adventure you are on—whether it is the adventure of life, a road trip, camping, jet-setting the world, starting a business, raising a child, moving, dreaming—you will encounter mishaps.Read More
In the last ten years, I have lived in four countries and six states. At one point I had my belongings stored across three states and one country. I have no permanent residence—unless you consider four boxes in my parents’ attic a permanent residence (that is where I get my mail). Check out the step-by-step guide on the Taking Route Blog.Read More
There is no way to accurately describe how the wind whisked across the open planes of that vast State. The wind and weather actually seemed to pick up speed as it rolled across the fields and then swept vigorously across the highway carrying blinding snow. Whistling winds screamed through any cracks in the bus and then reached up into my stomach with gripping nausea, as I remembered what could happen to us out here.Read More
English speaking friends proved to be way more challenging than my husband and I ever expected. Even though we didn’t know anyone when we moved to this town, I figured that we would make friends fast. That was a very false assumption. Almost a year into our Ethiopia adventure, I still had no friends. If you are in a similar place, don’t lose heart. I have put together this simple step-by-step guide to making expat friends where there are no friends. Read the rest of this post on the Taking Route Blog.Read More
This brilliant bus conversion idea started with us just throwing up some bunks and calling it a day, but over the next year it morphed into an actual house inside a bus.Read More
I thought flying with an eight-week-old was hard since I didn’t get to sleep 80% of the flight. Then I thought flying with a six-month-old was almost unbearable even though she wasn’t crawling yet. Nothing prepared me for the worst! A mobile toddler. (Except maybe a puking mobile child, but let’s not think of such things). Read the rest of this blog on the Taking Route Blog.Read More
Language has always been a struggle for me but when we first moved to Northern Ethiopia I was determined to learn the local language. I regretted never getting the hang of the local tongue when I lived in Malawi. I hated being left out of conversation after conversation, and Ethiopia was going to be different, as I assimilated into the culture and language. Here are my keys to (almost) being successful. Read the rest of this post on the Taking Route Blog.Read More
Shout out to all the other enneagram 6s out there that need security but find themselves in the most unsettling circumstances.Read More
I picked up a book called the Last Arrow at my in-laws over the holidays. I am pretty sure the book is meant for fifty-year-old men, nonetheless I sat in the bath with a glass of wine and cried my eyes out. It was just what I needed. This last season has been hard and confusing and sometimes I just wanted to retreat because it sure seemed like we were losing the battle.Read More
I’ve since moved to this beautiful country, and as I rooted myself into Ethiopian culture, I discovered it not only looks like how I imagine Old Testament times, but that God has always sought out Ethiopians, starting with the old covenant.Read More
Raising my first baby in a foreign culture has been an interesting experience. I didn’t know anything about babies when my girl was born. I remember thinking as the nurse ushered us out of the hospital, “Are you sure you want me to leave the hospital with this baby?” Read the rest of this blog on the Taking Route Blog.Read More
The word ‘fashion’ immediately makes me think of New York or Milan— and more, how I don’t have very good fashion or measure up to people that do. Fashion seems to be divisive in its very nature. I am as guilty as anyone of perpetuating the division as I try to one-up friends and find worth walking around in new pair of boots. Interestingly, I have had a very different experience with the fashion culture here in Ethiopia.Read More
Hike: Moderate, 1 hour to reach the church.
Church Structure: Completely rock-hewn.
Paintings: Well preserved, sometime between 13thand 17thcenturies.
Views: Open view of the Hawzen plain.
What I like: Moderate hike, great view, and unique church.
Overall Experience: Top five.
Hike: Easy, 1 hour to reach the church, no climbing.
Church Structure: Only partially rock-hewn.
Paintings: Vivid, end of 18thcentury beginning of the 19th.
Views: No views but beautiful landscapes and farms.
What I like: Great for people who can’t do hard hikes.
Overall Experience: Top ten.
Ethiopia has been an amazing place to start a family. We have been so lucky to have had amazing adventures in this place. Here are the top ten things I will miss most about Ethiopia.Read More
In the last ten years, I have lived in four countries and six states. At one point I had my belongings stored across three states and one country. I have no permanent residence—unless you consider four boxes in my parents’ attic a permanent residence (that is where I get my mail). In the hypothetical situation that I am moving, I decided to make a step-by-step list to keep me on task. Read the rest of this post on the Taking Route Blog.Read More
Food is a central part of my family living overseas. There aren’t movie theaters, nice parks to stroll through, or hipster roof top hangs to watch the sunset from; so, we spend our time eating. And when we aren’t eating, we are figuring out how to create the food we don’t have access to. We have gotten good at it—a little too good for our waist lines. Read the rest of this blog at the Taking Route Blog.Read More
Working out is the blight of almost any mom—we put on weight to have these precious babies, and then these adorable babies leave us with no time to ever go to the gym again. Working out seems especially hard for moms living overseas. In many western countries there are workout classes that incorporate the kids and help to keep the moms motivated. But where I live—and I am sure where you live too—there is no such thing. Read the rest of this post on the Taking Route Blog.Read More