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…

Our First Visitor

Meet Rachel. She wins the award for first visitor to India. She hopes to one day come work with us, so we spent the two weeks she was with us showing her the ropes and doing some sightseeing around north India. There were many things on our list of things to do and we somehow…

Around the Table

When I think back on some of my fondest memories, many of them happened around my family’s dinner table. It wasn’t this hard and fast, written down rule in my household that we would have dinner together every night. It was an understood and deeply enjoyed part of our day. I’ve had my hardest laughs,…

How to Make Butter Chicken

A few days ago I asked one of our language tutors if Indian food is hard to make. She assured me that it was easy, although I only slightly believed her. “Of course it’s easy for you, ” I thought, “You’ve been making it your whole life.” I asked her if Butter Chicken, a normal…

Home Sweet Home

We haven’t shown you our home in Northland yet because we just settled into the most permanent home we’ll live in here. We had to order some furniture and buy necessary house items which simply takes time here. We’re happy, though, to finally to show our home! No other home in India has felt this peaceful…

The Best First Christmas Ever!

Today we opened one of the most precious gifts ever – a set of Christmas ornaments from some of our dearest friends and families. They each sent us an ornament that will help us think of them each time we see it on our tree. It was such an epic gift we thought it deserved…

A Year in Review

What year it has been! 2014 brought us a lot of joy, much transition, hard goodbyes, roughly 5 different places to call home and adventure upon adventure. We thought we’d give you A Year in Review with a picture from each month of our year! January At the beginning of the year, Adam and I…

Adam Reviews the Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

If you’re familiar with this blog, you know that Emily and I mostly use it to keep in touch with friends and family about our lives and adventures being so far away from home. So I should explain that I’m writing this because I consider the Hobbit to be, in a way, part of my life….

Baby, It’s Cold Inside!

It hit me [Emily] a few weeks ago that what we call “The Holidays” is not just two special days of the year but an actual season. It’s two full months of parties, decorations, gifts, intentional time with family and friends and a genuine change in the atmosphere everywhere you go. In India, this season…

Life in Northland

We walked out of our tiny (y’all…tiny!) apartment the first morning in Northland and took a deep breath. The air was clean and crisp. Our little neighborhood was peaceful and quiet. The view was breathtaking. Most of this last month has felt like day after day of taking deep breaths. Don’t get me wrong, India…

Namaskara to Namaste

Deciding what language to learn in India can be a hilarious adventure. If you ask an Indian, they’ll tell you to learn multiple…and generally at the same time. If you really press them wanting to know the most important one to learn first, they’ll laugh (knowing that the answer will never be as straightforward as…