As we near the end of our stay in Seychelles (one week to go) we near the end of our seventh country that we have stayed in (add two more that we have passed through) since leaving the USA in November. And following along at home are my darling great nieces and nephews. I’m probably having more fun sending them things than they are…but I hope they are learning something as we traipse around the globe.
When we were in England last August I had this idea to encourage the littles at home to follow our journey on a map. Since I don’t have any
grandchildren, I get my little kiddy fix from my great nieces and nephews. I actually don’t see them that often, and knowing we would be gone for several years I thought I wanted to help them remember us, and also encourage them to learn something from our travels about the world.
So far they have received flags and jewel boxes from England (Chapter 3), Navajo dolls from the Grand Canyon (Chapter 4), cards from Thailand, Fans from Vietnam and cards from Laos (Chapter Five), books from New Zealand (Chapter Six) and cards from Seychelles (Chapter Seven).
Three families are following our travels with maps posted on their walls (one is not old enough yet for a map). My mom is also following us with a map of her own, where she posts postcards that we send to her. Meanwhile the littles receive a postcard, card or small gift for each country we visit. And then they find the country on their maps at home and mark it. Of course they aren’t old enough to follow the blog, but I actually prefer to hand write notes to them anyway. I sure hope as they get older they will have fond memories of following our adventure. And
maybe they will be inspired to travel and learn and appreciate the unique and vast planet we live on – just like we do.
So here’s to the littles, my great nieces and nephews; Isaiah, Elsa, Lilly, Landon, Olivia, Audrey, Porter, Weston, Henry and Holden. I think you will like the countries we are headed to over the next few months!