Moving abroad always makes one think about issues they might not normally consider under every day circumstances. Sometimes even ordinary things take on a whole new outlook. One of the blessings of moving to another country is that everything is different. One of the difficulties of moving to another country is that everything is different. As a father, Ben thinks of things differently than I do and is more concerned with different issues. As a mother, here are a few of the things that I consider:
Water: In Guatemala, water that is in any way consumed usually comes in one of these containers: http://www.living-water.org/2415d060.png
No problem there, except for Talia's tendency to put things in her mouth at bath time. Tub water, to my knowledge isn't purified/filtered. I'd like to find out if this is ever an issue and if so, how to resolve it.
Household cleaning products: This is not just an issue for
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"Research conducted at Weber State University in cooperation with D. Gary Young, as well as other documented research, indicates that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils, especially those high in phenols, carcacrol, thymol, and terpenes. This, perhaps, offers a modern explanation why the Old Testament prophet Moses used aromatic substances to protect the Israelites from the plagues that decimated ancient
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Vitamins: This is another concern that doesn't necessarily change with ones country. I want to make sure Miss Priss gets enough of all of the ones she needs. Period.
Scrapbooking/Pictures: When one has a major change take place in his/her life, it's usually a good idea to visually document it. Especially if there is family wanting to see what's taking place! The issue is lugging around all of the stuff to have physical evidence of this record. A good way to do this that I've discovered is through scrapblog.com. I really enjoy their wide range of free digital scrap material and the easy-to-use software! (Just ask my husband. He introduced me to it, so he can't complain too much...) But what I think will come in really handy is the feature to print these blogs and then they'll ship them wherever you want... like to Grandma's and Grandpa's and other family members in the
Guatemalan Wares: Guatemalan's make some beautiful fabrics. This is demonstrated in their skirts, table clothes, and place mats just to name a few. Something I think about when I think of moving to
Orphanage involvement: Something I've always felt a burden for is adoption. Since as Christians we are very familiar with God's grace in the form of adoption of the gentiles, this makes this concept even more relevant and precious. Maybe it also has something to do with our visit to the Tupelo Children's Mansion when we were kids and sponsoring a girl from there with our own hard-earned money. In truth, I think God places a desire like this in your heart. All that to say that we'd eventually like to adopt a child or pair of children. Even if that never happens, I'd like to be involved with this work in Guatemala and give Talia the experience of sacrifice to help someone else and the life lesson of compassion.
Midwife/OBGYN: While I know that women all over the world give birth every day and with a lot less knowledge and advanced technology, I'm still scared. Not enough to only have one child though... I've always thought that was a little bit selfish. My brother and sister have enriched my life in so many ways that I can't imagine myself with out them and would never want to deprive my children of that experience. And I want to have other babies. It's just that birth can be scary. In another country, that just adds one more aspect to the mix of things to think about. Chel and Megan, you need to get certified so I can fly you down!
Baby wearing: In
Diapers: I don't know if I'm normally a paranoid person, but I do have fears. One of them is that the economy in whatever country we're in is going to fail and I'm not going to be able to buy diapers and I'll have to survive on what I've got. Weird fear, I know, OK... maybe fear is too strong of a word. But something that I've found that helps solve this are all-in-one diapers. There are several brands of these; BumGenius, FuzziBunz, um- I can't remember the other ones. The ones I have are FuzziBunz. It's a cloth diaper with a waterproof outside, a super absorbant soaker in the middle and a water-wicking liner. Washing machine friendly. Or, for that matter, I could wash it in the bath tub and hang it up to dry if I had to. Either way, it's pretty good at stopping leaks like no other cloth diaper I'd have to use would. (Since we're potty training, this may not be an issue anyhow.) They're just sort of expensive and I only have two... but those two work all day since she's only using diapers for naptime and bedtime at the moment.
I know that it doesn't matter where I am in the world, I am going to encounter challenges of some sort in my life. These are just things that, before I get there, I consider of high priority. I know when we get there, many of these things will shift and I'll see just how irrational I was. But if that happens, I'd like to see just how far I've come. So here's this post.