Having Babies Without Babies R Us!

I had 4 babies without needing much of anything. The change from my Western cultural worldview came fifteen years ago when I helped deliver a baby in a refugee camp. She had absolutely nothing. Not a diaper, no clothes, only a cloth to wrap him in. I watched this family over the next year to find that they were happy and healthy. This went against all I learned in nursing school and from simply being an American! So, I was challenged. I made a list of the few essentials and decided to go minimalist delivery and mom. Here is what I thought was essential:

1. Diapers until 1 year then only at night.

2. Three sets of newborn clothes and only 3 sets at each stage.

3. Blanket.

4. A car seat

parents-made-me-do-itMy parents made me do it!!

After natural deliveries, each of my 4 newborns slept with me and my husband and nursed until they were two. All of my children slept in the same room, never had a crib or play pen and are healthy kids today. Why do I share this with you today?  Because this was how most of Asia was raising their babies and I want to free you from the “I’ve gotta have it” trap!  Raise them with the basics.  Keep it simple.  You will have less stress and find the simpler is better.  Share your steps towards minimalism with us!

 

 

 

 

 

Looking At Life Through a Poor Man’s Lens

As we’ve lived in Asia, some of the greatest experiences is learning from the people.  As Americans, we often think we have all the knowledge.  I have come to realize that true knowledge comes from understanding our Creator and learning from those who have experienced life more than from textbooks (or blogs:)

This past year, we lived near the Bunong hill tribe people.  These are a people that by world standards hold no knowledge, are illiterate, uneducated, and poor. But, they have knowledge and wisdom near extinction.  They are gradually integrating their ways into the Khmer culture surrounding them.  But here are some interesting things we have learned from these new friends.

  1. Resin to start a fire comes from a tree.  With a little heat, you can start a bonfire.

2. Bamboo can be used to cook food over a fire or to make a cup to drink from.

fish-on-stick-and-bamboo-soup

3. Elephants that are loved never need to be chained because they will always return to their family who raised them.  (This also solves the problem of feeding a large elephant but your neighbor’s garden should be protected!)

4. Land is to be shared and cultivated as a community and boundaries cause battles.

5. Immorality effects the whole community not just the individual.

6. The Creator gave us resources to use in moderation but greed destroys man.

What a privilege to know these people and the many things we have learned from them.  I challenge you today to get to know people from other cultures, religions, and economic levels.  Ask them questions.  Let their experiences speak into you.  Please share knowledge you have gained from others that was unexpected.  Check out our website for more!

Questions American Kids Ask After They’ve Been Out of America Too Long!

My kids were born and raised in Asia.  They know no different but some of the greatest laughs have been seeing America through their eyes when we visit.  Here are some of the classic questions and phrases they have thrown out over the years! These are the top ten ordered in what I think is least to most hilarious.  Comment below if you get a chuckle or two!

10. “What is a pop tart?”

9.” I hate peanut butter, corn dog, and hot dogs!”

8. “Gramma, Do you know how to use a microwave?”

7. “What is Target?”

6. “Why do their babies sleep in another room?”

5. “Why don’t they eat their bugs in America?”

4. Crossing over the Texas to Oklahoma border: “Where is border patrol? How long will it take?”

3. “Why are so many people pregnant?”

2. “Taco Bell is famous!”

1.”Why can’t I pee on the side of the road?”

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