Thaipusam – not for the squeamish

A little disclaimer early on that the following photos might make you uncomfortable. But today I’m going to blog about Thaipusam.  Happy Thaipusam, everybody!  It’s a festival of thanksgiving in Hindu culture, celebrated in countries such as India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia…quite a few more, and of course, Singapore.  I won’t go into a history…

Thanksgiving to Chinese New Year. and everything in between.

I’ve gone through many waves in my feelings toward our life here. From excited and amazed at everything new, to glum and missing my people back home, to pretty even-keeled and living our day to day life, then the month leading up to our visit home for the holidays I was homesick beyond belief. I…

A Cultural Orphan

280 days since my feet left American soil, and I can’t believe we are already looking ahead to our trip back to Seattle for the holidays in little over a month.  This year has mostly gone by unbelievably fast, but as of late I’ve been homesick, so it feels like it’s plodding along slowly now….

Addendum

This came in the mail today: Here we go, fam. 

Gold Medal for Olympic Blogging

I need to apologize to four people out there…four people that traveled all the way to our corner of this planet over three months ago, and I never popped on here to chronicle it, or share any pictures.  Brady, Jordan, Alex, and Anne….Here’s a proper THANK YOU for sharing life with us this past summer!!  It…

My Unsolicited Bad Moms Review

I’m way overdue for a photo update of all the visitors we’ve had, and school wrapping up, and how we are laying down our pride and bringing in someone to live with us to help us around the house because I just can’t hack it doing all the day-to-day stuff + paying any attention to…

Big feet equals ugly shoes.

I’ve been manning the fort while Jon’s been busy galavanting in Australia for the past four days.  It’s SUPER weird to see him in this role of international businessman.  He’s always kinda traveled within the states for work, but this is a whole new deal.  He’s been figuring out visa stuff, and getting the vaccinations…

Babies having babies, and other inappropriate things.

We have it incredibly easy here in Singapore, that everyone you meet speaks english.  It takes out a potentially  MASSIVE transition piece that we could have had, moving internationally.  It’s been wonderful to not have that barrier here, but english does come in various forms of understandability, and it takes a certain deftness of hearing to…

70 days. Still alive.

Okay, we are more than just alive.  We are doing well, and although it’s no secret to many of you that I’ve been in an emotional rut the past month, I feel like this week has been a tiny turning point for me.  Or at least a breath of fresh air.  Hopefully a turning point,…

just keep swimming

I’ve been sitting on a blog draft, that’s so depressing that I just couldn’t bring myself to press “publish” because I didn’t want anyone out there to be worried for me.   It was pretty bleak. I want to be honest about how hard the past month has been, while also conveying that life is still…