One spring day in 2011, having just moved to the United States after living in Germany for over three years, a friend asked me questions about living abroad. I recounted some stories of our adventures and she quickly responded “You have to write a blog.” I wouldn’t have thought much of it, except she was the third person in as many weeks to tell me I needed to write this stuff down.
So I started a blog. But, until recently, I did not consider myself a writer. While purging and organizing for the latest cross-oceanic move, I consolidated my written works which began as journals at the age of eight. Those handwritten journals, poems and stories (none of them school assignments), filled two boxes. I guess I am a writer.
That said – Welcome! This blog is a space where I share a little bit of everything, not just tidbits related to our travel and living abroad experiences. American by citizenship, I have spent a third of my life living outside the United States and have been to over 50 countries. My husband and I have three girls and one boy, ages eight and under. Due to the nature of my husband’s work, we are always on the move. We recently relocated from the plains of southern Romania to urban San Diego, California.
The more we travel and meet new people and places, the more we learn about our Creator and what is on His heart and mind. We hope to never lose our sense of adventure and awe as we sojourn in our city and around the world.
On any given day you can find me planning a trip, whipping up an Indian-inspired dish with whatever local ingredients are on hand, reading a children’s book aloud, taking photos of everyday life, or [obligatory coffee reference in the bio] sipping a pour over with half and half made with home-roasted yirgacheffe coffee from our local Ethiopian store.
My hope is that my writing encourages you to get out and explore and seek to understand the unknown and unfamiliar, even if you have small children. This website is not intended to be a ‘how-to’ resource for travel, but if you have questions about places we’ve visited or resources I use to plan our trips, send me an email and I’d be happy to share insights with you – willtravelwithkids at gmail.com.
~ Heidi (2020)
P.S. All pictures were taken by me (or my husband) unless otherwise noted.
Articles in online publications:
How Should Christians Respond to Tragedy? – Three Christian responses to tragedy on iBelieve.com
Lessons from an Ill-Fated Holiday Feast – Shared by Marilyn Gardner at Communicating Across Boundaries, this is a story of one memorable Thanksgiving meal that took place the evening I returned home from boarding school after a rough/normal multiple-day journey from Kenya to Mozambique.
Why I Stopped Reading Bible Story Books to My Children – on NoPerfectParents.com
I also contribute to The Gospel Coalition.