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Posted on Sep 24, 2011 |

It’s a Dog’s World

It’s a Dog’s World

Kobi loves dogs. He always has. As we travel the world as a nomadic family; he finds himself gravitating towards them. We could be on a mountain hike up Volcan Baru, Panama; at an outdoor show in Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theater; or in a park in San Jose, Costa Rica; and we Kobi suddenly disappears. He’s found some dog dragging his owner by the leash or jumping up on people, and our dog trainer is there, engaging the owner in conversation and offering some tips. This entry is dedicated to the work work and volunteer work Kobi has done around the globe empowering dog owners to be leaders and helping shelter dogs become more adoptable....

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Posted on Sep 20, 2011 |

Bad Ideas and Precious Moments

Bad Ideas and Precious Moments

As a nomadic family, it is hard to describe what our lives were like living on the ranch in La Lucha de la Tigra for 6 weeks. Sort of like your first summer camp experience, ranch life was one of our first steps in Latin America and our first time to volunteer on our trip. We were wrapped in total love and friendship; and fell in love. (One of the reasons we’ve pulled back from volunteering as a family in Panama. For it really hurt to fall in love, and then say goodbye).   In this entry, we’ve summarized a few cool days; glimpses, if you will, into the honored lives we were blessed to taste. Integrating into the School    Finally, finally, finally (thank God!) they are integrating into the school.They spent days holding onto my pant’s leg, begging me to take them home. Orazi begged me to take him fishing. They begged for school uniforms. A lot of begging in those first few days.  We had the...

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Posted on Jul 19, 2011 |

La Lucha School

La Lucha School

Volunteering in the rural school of La Lucha de la Tigra, Costa Rica changed our lives. We were welcomed and loved whole-heartedly by an entire community. We spent whole days in the school, after schools at friends’ houses, and many weekends with overnight company, mostly Ever. Our kids marched into classrooms in which neither the teacher nor the students could speak a word they could understand. As an ad hoc English teacher on the road throughout Latin America, the rewards of teaching has  ALWAYS been watching my kids gain friends from it.           Days of the Week Song Ok, so you caught me red handed. Yes, I totally made up the song, but, really, it helped them learn it. Those names are really long and hard to pronounce....

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Posted on Jun 27, 2011 | 2 comments

Best Friends, Cowboy Gatherings, & Pineapples

Best Friends, Cowboy Gatherings, & Pineapples

“Oracio es me mejor amigo”(orazi is my best friend) Ever (the boy’s name) says, as he hugs my boy.Somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good. My motherly heart is overflowth. The rest of our day pales in comparison, it’s just details compared to that. But, it’s still worth sharing cuz it was amazing. We spent our day 100% with the locals of La Lucha celebrating a country fair!!!! We woke up, excited to see Ever and pay for his admission to the fair which he was not going to attend because it was expensive. Turns out his family, like ours, and yours make decisions as to how they wish to spend their money wisely. And like kobi and I opted out on all those expensive but wonderful kids’ plays that came to town because we thought the price was so high; his family also opted out on the day’s events.Oracio couldn’t bare the thought of Ever not spending the day at the event with...

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Posted on Jun 22, 2011 | 2 comments

What I’ve Learned This Week- June, La Lucha de La Tigre, Costa Rica

What I’ve Learned This Week- June, La Lucha de La Tigre, Costa Rica

As a nomadic family living on a remote ranch in Costa Rica, we discovered new and marvelous things. In this entry, I want to share 11 surprising and wondrous insights from our lives here. 11 Surprising and Wondrous Insights From Life on the Ranch 1. Bottled Water That it’s considered crude and uncultured for the teacher to drink out of a water bottle. (maybe it’s like a drunk?) Teachers, if at all, are expected to drink out of a cup. (Learned this gem when I did the unspoken and all the students got wide-eyed, classroom became dead silent, and a few put their hands to their mouths to suppress the giggles.)   2. Valiant Souls That Orazi and Solai can walk into different classrooms in which neither the students nor the teacher speaks a word they understand. And that they will wait, anxiously, to reenter that foreign land the next day. 3.  The Fruits of Our Labor That mango, coconut, pipas and carabolas taste so amazing right off the...

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Posted on Jun 15, 2011 |

Volunteering and Sharing Cultures

Volunteering and Sharing Cultures

In La Lucha de la Tigra, Costa Rica and its neighboring town Florencia; we were blessed to share our lives with others. We got to teach English and a Clean Your Soul class to the adults, English in the local school, and share precious moments with the senior citizens. We gave a few gifts and got so many, many more. This collection of video and pictures reflects a few moments from that magic. Gabi’s Singing Debut in Hebrew God must love these lovely moments when cultures intertwine so. In Florencia, Costa Rica, we volutneer with a lovely group of elder people. Javier, the community organizer, explained to our group that we would love to teach them and share with them our culture and what we know, and we’d love equally to learn from them what they can share with us. After Kendall sang in Spanish and made this young-at-heart crowd cheer and clap and sing; I got up and sang an old, sweet classic Israeli song about loving the...

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