Since we first moved to South East Asia over 4 years ago I started to realize that I would always be “farang” or “bule” or “foreigner”, call it what you may, to all the locals. This categorization due to my looks immediately led to some great things, some not so great (getting the special foreigner price has become a big pet peeve to me). In any case, after becoming an expat mom I quickly learned that I could get away with a lot in the parenting department on the locals parenting book. Furthermore, I soon realized that I am not alone. That like me, there are many moms struggling with the challenges of raising little ones away from “home” and that this creates an instant bond that is hard to break despite the miles that will eventually break us apart. Today I’m at World Moms Blog talking about how “easy” it has been to be an “expat” mom in South East Asia and how I’ve realized that Anything Goes when it comes to parenting in Jakarta.
On a different note, you may be wondering (or not) why I’ve been so sporadic with my posts lately. The truth is that my sister is in town and chick flick time prevails over sitting in front of the computer time. And the reason why the sitting in front of the computer time is not as exciting as it was before is because I’m already doing that for a bunch of hours every day. I just started a new job and I’m still trying to figure out how to juggle the many exciting and challenging duties of my new job, plus spending time with the kiddos, plus making sure we don’t run out of milk so I don’t have a whining toddler begging for “leche” right before bedtime. I’m truly enjoying being back in the work force but I struggle with mom’s guilt every.single.day.
So please bear with me as I get back on track and reschedule my life around my priorities. I truly love Stumble Abroad and will continue to write, but chubby cheeks and wet kisses are definitely on the top of my list right now. That being said, expect a post a week and on the sporadic week where the work/life balancing act allows it, you can expect even more. God has been so faithful and I pray that this adventure we started a bit over a year ago will continue in the years to come and the lives of Evan and Josh will be documented for them to go back to some day and reminisce over the adventures at home and abroad.