I’m Natalie! My husband and I moved to Thailand over 5 years ago. Before that, we were working and considering buying a house. I had traveled to many countries before we were married and could not get some of those places out of my mind. When we began seriously considering putting down more solid roots in our beloved state of Colorado, I began feeling uneasy, like it wasn’t what we were supposed to do. Long story short, we ended up in Thailand.
Living abroad has not been easy but we love it. We live in a small Thai village outside of Chiang Mai where we are surrounded by rice paddy fields and jungle-covered mountains. The heat, spicy food, and traffic have taken some getting used to, but with each passing year, it feels more like home.
My husband and I met, fell in love, and got married very quickly. In October, we will celebrate our 8th anniversary. Our family doesn’t look like the “typical family”, but what does typical mean anyway? We are foster parents to four amazing Thai children. They are adorable (well my 9 & 10 year old may not like me calling them that), but they are! Our daughter has Cerebral Palsy. Before having her in our home I knew nothing about CP, so it has been a journey to learn about it and figure out how to help her. Watching her grow and learn to talk has been one of the greatest joys of my life!
WHY The Blueberry Pail?
I love to encourage those who are considering the same leap of moving far away from the familiar. I think it’s well worth the experience as what is gained from living in another culture can’t be taught or bought. Whether it be for a study abroad program, a job, a missions trip, humanitarian work, etc., it’s well worth what may at first seem like a hassle.
Subscribe below to join me as I share the ups and downs of life overseas, ways we make traveling easier, how I make our house feel like a home, and struggles we go through raising children who aren’t ours by blood but are ours in our hearts.