Family.

We are soaking up this family time like a sponge. Love it.

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Big week coming up!

We have got some exciting events coming up these next two weeks. So beyond excited to have Seth’s parents join us in Indonesia on Sunday. While I’m in Jakarta with my Debate Team; Seth, Ellie, Ed and Marlene will fly to Bali for a few days to explore and attend a friend’s wedding in Kintamani. The exciting part (for me at least) is that we will all be meeting in central Java, Yogyakarta. This is where the famous Buddhist temple ruins of Borobudur are! It’ll be a packed 36 hour weekend trip, but I’ve found that those can produce some amazing experiences. Pictures will flood the site soon.

In the meantime, I got a belated birthday gift today: a pie maker! Nom Nom Nom.

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Birthday Thoughts

I’ve had some pretty poorly executed birthdays in my past. October is a busy month for people, so parties are generally difficult to plan. The older people get, the more awkward it seems to celebrate a day you were born.

Why does it need to be so difficult? This year, it came easy. The day was full with responsibilities: managing my class at the school ceremony, feeling nervous for the MCs, whom I helped write their speeches, and preparing my new debate team, building their confidence and challenging them just enough for our big competition tomorrow, supporting my husband who left for Jakarta this afternoon for a second interview at a position he is such a good match, and being home, right now, with my sweet sweet daughter, who wrote me a card (I’m loving her handwriting) thanking me. Thanking me!

I am desperately missing my family back home. (Especially when I get a picture like the one below from my little sister Nicole.) But it feels so good to know how much they love and support me in this crazy adventure.

I feel good in reflecting on where I’m at in life. To feel so happy with what I have done and what I can do at 29 is a wonderful thing.

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Arizona

Why are we in Arizona?

Fortunately Seth and I both have family and friends in Arizona, so to visit is always something we both look forward to. My father has a horse ranch, so we decided that Maxi may really enjoy staying here during our expat adventure. So far, she’s tries to herd the horses without much success, but I think she really loves it here.

It’s 6am right now and Seth, my dad and Grandpa are golfing. Eliana and I are eating Grandma’s amazing pineapple upside down cake for breakfast before we ride the horses. BBQ this afternoon. All in all, a pretty stellar start. Tomorrow we drive to LA!

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