We Don’t Need Rockets to Visit Volcanoes

The house is buzzing with preparations. Half hazard organization in carefully laid piles amidst the chaos that is typical of a house run by toddlers. Rainbows colored puddle jumpers, freshly folded jeans, and fuzzy alpaca sweaters that smell like an old closet. Four carefully planned backpacks, a gifted picnic basket, and small bag of dog…

Inspire Spontaneity. Invite Mystery. Indulge Adventure.

“Click. Click. Jangle. Jangle,” whisper the keys as they tango in his fingertips. The ignition tilts into place and our new cat purrs into submission. I glance through the corner of my big, square frames as a smile sneaks across my face. My husband catches my eye and offers a little wink, as we pull onto…

Living on the Edge: Life After One Year in Ecuador

“You shouldn’t go,” they said. But, we went anyway. “This is crazy, they pleaded”. But, we had heard that before. “We will miss you,” they cried. And they do. We miss them, too. It has been one year since we packed up our cozy life in wintry, Iowa to trade it in for something new….

8 Duffels & 2 Mutts receives The Versatile Blogger Award

To receive recognition is a form of validation for the perseverance towards my passionate pursuits. To gain this achievement from my peers is a compliment in its highest form. I am honored to accept the 2017 Versatile Blogger Award. The Versatile Blogger Award is granted to bloggers by other bloggers. The purpose is to spotlight…

Dandelions and Daisies Don’t Live on Mars

Our wheels cracked over the crumbling rocks as they smushed into the soft, rich soil beneath the Jeep. I pushed my nose out the window to breathe in the crisp, clean air. I pulled the soft, furry edges of my alpaca wool jacket closer to my ears. The door creaked open as I slid out…

Salty Kisses and Starlight Wishes

We lay together in the inky, cobalt darkness beneath the freckled twilight sky. Our backs pressed to the plush sandy blanket beneath the golden mountains of San Clemente, Ecuador. As close as we could possibly be, cheek to cheek against our tangled mess of sea- breeze teased hair. My little ones and me. Only two…

I Say Zapatos, You Say Zapotes

So it happens that I have come to find a certain fondness for one particular fruit stand over the rest. It certainly isn’t one anyone else would notice. Especially not in this region of Ecuador; where every imaginable dusty street corner is home to one. And then some.  Fruit is everywhere here and I am…

Raising Cinderella

This is the longest I have ever gone without writing since this blog began. The time swept by in one fell sweep, carrying me seamlessly from one year into the next. Yet tangling me in too many projects to keep up with them all. The sudden rush of chaos had nothing to do with chasing…

Christmas in Coastal Ecuador

We knew Christmas would be different this year. We just didn’t think it would be quite like this. After months on end of watching every American holiday come to pass with little acknowledgement or recognition, I had honestly begun to lose all hope of a memorable Christmas. Especially after Halloween and Day of the Dead,…

Christmas Tree Surprise!

In November, the wonderful village of San Clemente put on an appreciation dinner for all of the expats who live in the area!  I never would have expected something like this. In the nicest way I can possibly say it, this village does not have very much to give, but what they have they give…

Fun For A Good Cause

  Thank you once again, San Clemente, Ecuador for providing a local experience that curated lasting memories! We just can’t get enough of the party-for-anything mentality. Lately, every weekend has felt like a holiday and we have been enjoying every ounce of the festivities. Much of the time, we honestly have no idea what the…

9 Months Abroad: Living the Good Life

As the pages flip past on the calendar, like the images in old cartoons, we look at the dates as if we’ve been suspended in time. In many ways our assimilation into a new life and culture has been so encompassing, that we could have forgotten the rest of the world existed. Although to some,…