Email Twitches and an Open Calendar

Of course, you could argue, the world is full of people, and we will be very assertive about meeting many of them, but there is something different about the people with whom you work…. Although our adventure will have a lot of fun, jokes and entertainment( not unlike work) we each will have roles to play, tasks to accomplish and will need to be a support system to one another…. Dax will step up as a writer and video editor, Mac will step up as a photographer and videographer, I will move from being the back end technician to more of a participant and Asher and Kieran will get a combination of starring roles and menial tasks, perhaps, craft services. When we are done we will hopefully have created a great treasure for the family and grown together through the experience of both traveling and working together.

Grinding Teeth for World Peace

About two years ago one of my molars was giving me trouble. When I went to the dentist, he diagnosed a small cavity, though he couldn’t really see one, and inserted a filling in the offending tooth. Despite his efforts, it still felt like the tooth was going to break every time I bit down…

The Perils of Planning

Our family struggles with punctuality. Individually, any one of us can be on time to anything, but put us all together and 15 minutes late seems to be the best we can muster. Perhaps we dawdle because we assume that someone else in the group is taking longer or moving slower than we are. Perhaps…

75 Years of Trying to Keep Animals Alive

For the past 10 years, I have taken the kids to Utah for summer vacation. We make our annual exodus to “Camp Grandma” for a number of reasons. The first is that after 10 months of managing schoolwork, lessons, activities, and social calendars for four children, some part of me…a big part…craves a break. The…

Top 6 Sites for Travel Fun and Inspiration

As we have conducted research for this trip, we have discovered a virtual community of kindred spirits. Though more unusual for Americans than Europeans or Australians, round the world treks are not uncommon. For all those who think we are crazy or entering uncharted territory, we offer the following six sites as corroboration and inspiration:…

The Beauty of Merit Badges

We have established a policy in our family, shared by many of our friends with sons, that our boys must earn their Eagle Scout rank before they can get their driver’s licenses. This is no small task; it requires many years of meetings, campouts, and activities, a meticulously planned Eagle service project, and earning no…

Of Mentors and Bovine Freedom

One of the most fulfilling aspects of preparing to leave is connecting with old friends. There is something about taking off for a year that prompts you to fill your days with reunions and your nights with farewells. (Don’t get the wrong idea…it just sounded poetic.) Yesterday the three youngest kids and I met Tom’s…