A Great Celebration of Light

There are benefits to living on a small island, an obvious one being that the coast is never far away. I notice this perk most often when I’m on my way to something mundane, let’s say a trip to the grocery store, and I’m caught off guard yet again by the magnificent ocean as I drive…

Adam + Emily + a baby

We promised you an update on how we’re going to grow our family…and here it is! Adam and I are adopting a set of embryos! For some context, let me first explain what embryo adoption is. Many families who have completed growing their family through IVF have remaining frozen embryos. Rather than destroying them or donating…

Carl and Ellie

One of the things people warn you about living in a place like Mauritius is “Island Fever.” Not an actual physical illness, Island Fever instead is that aching feeling you get when you live somewhere where it’s impossible to drive more than 2 hours in a straight line without hitting the coast. It begins to…

Our Trip to Amsterdam

Welcome to “Look at that pretty building…oh there’s Adam and Emily” post. Because if we’re just real with you for a second, Amsterdam was FULL of beautiful buildings. The people were fantastic and so incredibly kind. The food was glorious. The temperature was cold…which we loved. And it was just nice to walk (and walk…

This Place We Call Home

I [Emily] realized the other day that even my own mother has not seen our beautiful home here in Mauritius. Not cool…I know. So I thought I’d share pictures of our home with all of you. The pictures will start you off with what you’d enter first if I was to give you a tour…

90% of Living Overseas is Learning How to Live Overseas

No matter what brings someone to a new country, they will without fail spend the majority of their time learning how to live in such a new place. Many people step off the plane only to be inundated with a flurry of indistinguishable words, smells they didn’t even know existed, loud noises that feel out…

Snorkeling in St. Felix

Adam and I have loved discovering what life is like when you live on an island. One new adventure has been snorkeling! I’ll be the first to admit – sticking your head in an OCEAN and trying to tell yourself to breathe normally is a challenge. But once we got the hang of it, we have…

Great, Unwavering, Growing Hope

Sitting here on the eve of 2016, I can’t help but reflect on the crazy, whirlwind of a year Adam and I had. Let’s just say it was not the year we were expecting. We started out the year freezing in a beautiful town on the base of a mountain. Our minds filled with new…

FAQs: We’re Moving to Mauritius!

So by now, we’re guessing you’ve watched our big announcement video and you know that we’re moving to an incredible jewel hidden in the Indian Ocean called Mauritius! We wanted to follow up that video by anticipating some questions you might have and answer them to the best of our abilities. But as always, please…

Stretchy Pants During Transition

I [Emily] bought a pair (Ok, technically two! They were on sale!) of linen pants from Old Navy this summer. The top of the pants have a stretchy band. They’re not maternity…I checked. That’s just how they made them. Little did I know how thankful I would be for these pants! See there’s this crazy…

Our Visit to the US of A!

That’s right! We’re coming back to the states this summer for 5 weeks! We could not be more excited to see our family and friends, eat some really yummy food, hang out in over air conditioned buildings and attend a conference with many of our co-workers at the end of our time. It’s going to…

FAQs: Learning Hindi

Learning a new language is an art. It’s a bit of give and take, trial and error. We have good Hindi days and rough Hindi days. In general we can see progress, but believe me when I say there are days when I think it will take us forever to learn this language. Many people have…