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The Path

The Story Behind My Springtime

Hello from northwestern Pennsylvania. The sun is shining brightly today but overall the last couple of weeks have been rainy… gentle spring rains falling to the tune of rumbling thunder in the distance. The weather isn’t perfect but winter is finally over and it’s time to watch closely for every new sign of spring. Despite having written extensively about all…

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How to Get Traveling Sooner Than You Think

Some of the common objections I hear from would-be family travelers are: “But I see other families online who sold everything they owned to travel the world! I don’t necessarily want to sell it all and live out of a suitcase.” “Going to the grocery store with my children is too overwhelming. How could I travel internationally with them?” “I…

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29 Must-Read Books When Planning Your Family Sabbatical

If you’re considering a family travel sabbatical, you’ll most likely want to do some research and learning. A good place to start is perusing the many books that are out there. To that end, I’ve compiled a book list for you. These are books that I’ve either read or have on my reading list. I think each of them will…

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7 Aha! Posts from Families Who Travel With Their Kids

In 2012, our family took our first family travel sabbatical–to Belize. That first trip lit fireworks in our souls. We arrived in Belize on a beautifully sunny day in November 2012 as a mostly white-bread, middle-class, suburban family. We left our private school. We left our sports and activities (the superfluous, because-everyone-else-is-doing-it kind, not the ones that fed us). We…

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Homeschooling

How to Help Your Kids Succeed

I recently devoured Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith, a treatise about how our current education system in the U.S. is failing our kids. The book aims to turn many people’s ideas about high school and college education upside down. Working hard, getting good grades, and jumping through all the…

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We Took Our Kids Back From the Culture

Just yesterday, he was so small I could cuddle his chubby roundness in my arms. We called him “Andy T.” and delighted in his uneven swirl of hair and quick smile. Today, we call 14-year-old Andrew Thomas just plain Andy. He still has that quick smile and ready wit and would do anything for any of us. This curious kid…

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Travel

Welcome to the New Millennium—First Day of School in Costa Rica 

School has started. The first day of school, not just for our visiting family but for all the Tico kids since they’re just coming off break and starting the new year. We’ve been (read: I’ve been) nervous for this first day, feeling like I’m throwing my homeschoolers under the bus. We’re teaching at home—you’re going to school—we’re homeschoolers—not we’re school…

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The Path

Remember Why You’re Here

The very nice honey lady at the farmer’s market asked me whether we were on vacation and I told her it was sort of a long story: we’d bought a house in Florida and were fixing it up to rent out during Florida’s high season. But… we still have a base in Pennsylvania and we slow travel a lot and…

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Passions

We Believe in Homeschooling

So, how’s homeschooling going? It’s a question we get often, asked with a healthy trace of disbelief that it can possibly be going well at all. As a new homeschooling family, we don’t know many people who have chosen this way of life and many of our friends are at least a little curious about why we’d want to teach…

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