Sharing [more than just] a House

We live with another family.  Of four.  We share a house, a kitchen, a living room.  We now have two bathrooms (we didn’t for the first few months) and we do have separate bedrooms (for us and the kids).  But that’s it.  Other than that we live together.  We are one family of seven while... Continue Reading →

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“Not” Sharing

“I’m not going to teach my daughter to share her toys.  As adults, you don’t have to share your car or your house or any of your things, so why should she have to share now?” An acquaintance of mine wrote that on Facebook a few years ago and I’ve never been able to shake... Continue Reading →

The Loneliness of Being Foreign

A glazed and blank stare. Shrinking behind his eyes. Afraid.  Frozen. Hoping we’d leave. My mom had asked a man in Chinatown a question, and this was his response.  He didn’t talk; he didn’t move; he hoped we would stop talking and leave him alone.  He didn’t understand English, he didn’t know what we had... Continue Reading →

Norway seems Normal

What a strange life we live.  We have arrived in Norway and it feels nearly normal.  How many Americans can say that?  (Okay, a few. We are in a FB group called “Americans in Norway” and there are quite a few others Americans who live here).  But how many do you know? I’d bet just... Continue Reading →

No, I’m not entirely excited.

“You must really like Norway if you are going back.” “You must be so excited!” “Do you love Norway?” Whenever we tell people we are headed back to Norway they usually say something along those lines to us -- why else would we be leaving our Colorado home, families and friends? Well, the truth is... Continue Reading →

The Unstopped Fire

Once there was a city nestled high in the mountains, surrounded by forests on all sides, and prosperous.  It was a center of trade, learning, and religion, a city in a place of leadership for the whole surrounding countryside.  Running past this city was a river.  In the past it had been a treacherous river,... Continue Reading →

My Struggle with Daycare

(By Brooke) I always knew I’d be a stay-at-home Mom.  My mom, grandma, aunts—all of them were stay at home moms.  They all loved it, recommended it and I thought it was the only way.  They never said it, but I assumed that if you didn’t stay at home with you children, you were a... Continue Reading →

Our Land of Opportunity

Here’s the big news: We’re going back to Norway! On August 21 we will fly out of Denver and arrive the next day in Oslo with everything that Norwegian Air will let us check.  And for the next four years, Norway will be our home as I pursue my PhD at the MF Norwegian School... Continue Reading →

Becoming a Mom

In my first advanced literature class in college, I had a long book list to order.  Once everything arrived I stacked them all on top of each other and the pile reached nearly two feet.  I didn’t realize for a month or so that I was required to read through that entire stack by the... Continue Reading →

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