Note: We’re halfway there… and we’re just getting started! This marks the mid point of our family sabbatical and I’m already feeling the stress of our return. I’m afraid that we will default to our old ways and habits. I’m nervous about the transition for Collin, who is just finally getting used everything here. I want to maintain this level of presence for each other.

AND yet we still have about 3 months (86 days to be exact), which is still a bit of time to grind on our goals and transition back. And like many have reminded me, 6 months is not a long time and the work (among other things) will still be there when we get back.

SO… I’m letting those lingering thoughts hang out right now. And when they creep up I just gotta soak in the moment in front of us and be grateful for having this time.

“Giving Hugs That Never Stop”

We had a beautiful 10 days in Singapore and Bali to celebrate Collin’s 5 year birthday.

Our trips have been pretty epic (and once and a lifetime-ish) but traveling with a 5 year old is a constant reminder that we are NOT re-living our 20s or even our early 30s. On the other hand, we ARE spending a lot of time together and getting to know each other and our child more. This is a gift of spaciousness.

For little ones, traveling is fun and such privilege but it also takes a bunch of endurance and stamina to endure the changes. And for awesome autistics, everything from loud sounds, extreme smells and abrupt changes can throw things off. On our part, it takes a lot of intentionality. We are always learning how to take care of each other’s needs…