third-culture kids (part 4)

Another interview with the Girls Taviano! Catch up on Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 if you’d like. Today we’re answering questions from readers. Yay! Chris asks, “What’s the driving age so Ava can get her own moto?” Ava: 16. Olivia: But technically there isn’t one. Explain. Liv: You can’t get a license until you’re 16, but people drive without them. What would happen to you if you didn’t have a license? Liv: You …

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lost

I feel like we’re going to be in big trouble 15 or 18 or however many months from now when we touch back down on U.S. soil. (To clarify, we’re not moving back to the U.S. We’ll just be back for a visit every two years or so. A sweet friend was confused by the first sentence of this post.) Because we went to the movies today. And holy culture shock. There’s a new mall here, a …

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uneasy

I watch them ride away. Livi and Ava on their bikes, Nina on the back of Jillisa’s moto. Our sweet friend has offered to hang out with our girlies so Gabe and I can go on a date. I take a deep breath and walk back through the gate. I start to lock it and put the palm of my hand against it instead. “Please, sweet Jesus, protect my babies. Amen.” I walk back up …

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i’d love to blame pms

But I can’t. Of the five of us who have melted down today, only one (me) is at that special time of the month. I suppose my hormones are powerful enough to rub off on everybody else, but I’m not accepting blame today. Instead, I’m swiping away my tears and taking the opportunity to give anyone who cares a peek into our life at the moment. Our happy-go-lucky missionary life. I don’t want your pity (I’m too …

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third culture kids (part 3)

I just read TCKs Part 1 and Part 2 out loud to the girls, and we laughed at ourselves and how far we’ve come in the past few weeks & months here in Cambodia. If you’re new here, this is Part 3 of a little interview series I’m doing with the girls. (Don’t know what “third culture kids” means? Check out Part 1.) Today’s topic: Communicating with Friends, Family, & Supporters Back in the States. …

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oh, nina.

What do you do on a hot, hot, sweaty, HOT Friday night in Cambodia? You blast yourself with fans and listen to your 14-year-old crack up laughing as she scrolls through old Facebook posts of yours. Almost every one she read was something Nina said, so we decided to make a post of it for posterity. Livi: She’s funnier than Jimmy Fallon! (High praise right there.) Enjoy. Sept. 3, 2009 Gabe just pulled in the driveway, …

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snapshots of cambodia

Were you hoping “snapshots” meant actual photos? I’m sorry. That would’ve been awesome, but it would’ve taken way more effort and energy than I’ve got at 9:00 on this humid Thursday night. (If you like photos, I do post a lot on Instagram if you want to follow along. I can’t believe I balked at Instagram for so long. I LOVE IT.) For our purposes tonight, “snapshot” will mean little peeks into life in Cambodia …

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are we reading the Bible wrong??

First of all: Some background. Background: I just finished reading two books (Book 1, Book 2) that rocked my world. Well, that’s not entirely true. I’ve been pondering many of the topics in these books for the past few years. Sometimes with much fear & trepidation. If I take just one step in the wrong direction, will my faith come crumbling down all around me? If I choose to change my opinion/belief on something in God’s …

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highs & lows

When I don’t post on the blog for awhile, you can pretty much assume I have some swirly whirly thoughts that refuse to settle and/or crystallize. And that I’ve started a blog post in my head a dozen times but just can’t make sense of what I’m thinking/trying to say (let alone put it in words to help you understand). But the itch to write doesn’t go away, and so I have to do something. …

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dear ayan

Dear Ayan, Hello, sweet friend! Pam told me you found my blog, and the two of you read it together last week at tutoring. That’s so fun! And makes me so happy! I hope you and Pam get a chance to read this post together too, because I’m writing it just for you. I miss you!! You were such a ray of sunshine in my life last year. I love, love, loved being your neighbor. …

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