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Schoolie Friends: A Family of Five in a Tiny House

The Life-Changing Magic of Soap Nuts

When I was pregnant I got a few gems of advice from my friends who had already had kids. This is how I found out about the life-changing magic of soap nuts. How had I never heard of this amazing nut that is essential tide pods that grow on trees? While Anna has imparted much wisdom […]

Building a Village

Bunmi Laditan’s article, “I miss the village” came out before we had a baby, but it recently resurfaced and no doubt struck a chord with a new generation of parents – or at least with me. When we lived in the US, we didn’t have kids but most of our friends did. We were part of a […]

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Our Journey

We’re a family of four who recently moved to the mountains of North Carolina. We aren’t particularly radical or special, though we are passionate and privileged. We started our life together at the peak of the recession with a mountain of student debt that united us against a common enemy – and in 2015 we paid off the last of it and moved to Thailand. 

It was a magical and terrible adventure. It was there that we had two kids who are now along for the ride, and our first taste of living in community. It was also there that Rachel had a brain hemorrhage from a birth defect we never knew about.

We’re grateful Rachel can walk, talk, and enjoy life, since any level of functioning was so unlikely. Watch that story here:

We took on a lot of trauma that we’re still unwinding from, but this feels like a good place to do it.

We know that resetting won’t be easy or fast but we feel tentatively ready to engage the world again. If our attempt to reconnect with real things interests you, follow our journey in North Carolina and beyond.

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