5 Ways Living Abroad Has Changed Our Lives

Year TWO in Chile has come and gone. Though occasionally there were days and even months that seemed to last indefinitely, generally speaking this past year has flown.

Like pages of a cartoon flipbook, work, kids, school, activities, day-to-day humdrum, and exploration fluttered past. Becoming established and comfortable has given way to the life of a typical, busy family of 5. Just in a different part of the world.

A life that has finally become a bit softer, a bit more breezy, like the cotton that is symbolic of the two year anniversary.

However, a recognition of having made it two years is not the most resounding part of the milestone. Though trust me, it’s right up there at number 2!

No, I believe milestones pop up to remind us of the miles we have already weathered. We are about to embark on mile three, but how will we proceed from here knowing what we know about the first two? What has caused pain? How will we address that? What has made us stronger? How will we use that?

How have we changed in these two years?

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Halloween in Chile

October 31, 2015

“Tienes….ummmmm…..un noche con…candies… en las casas?”

We had been here about 1 week, my Spanish, was, well you can see what it was, and I was talking to Maddie’s very first friend (and continued good friend), Magdalena. 

Magda just looks at me with an amused expression on her face, likely getting a kick out of this new gringa neighbor and her wild attempt at Spanish.

“Um, okay.  You know….do you have, er, I mean, tienes un noche con ‘booooooo!!!!'” and I do my best to make a scary, monster face.

Magda giggles.

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