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Peek-a-Boo, Jesus

I think Teo thinks prayer is just another game of Peek-a-Boo…

The Sun is a Planet

Alleke has been trying to convince me all week that the sun is a planet.

Best Friends Forever

Alleke’s teacher, Elena, and I stood at the classroom door and looked down the hallway. Alleke was sitting on a bench with her arms folded and a big lip, pretending not to notice us. “This is the first time in months Alleke hasn’t wanted to go to school,” I said to Elena. “I think I […]

Where are you from?

“Where are you from?” the kid asked. He had been watching Alleke since she hopped off my lap and announced to everyone in English that she was a flamenco dancer, and then proceeded to prance and twirl up and down the aisle of the train car. The other passengers didn’t seem to mind the impromptu […]


April and I had decided not to tell Alleke we would be moving to a new apartment until after we had signed the contract. We had spent a considerable amount of effort deciding how and when we would tell Alleke about the move because we wanted her to feel as safe and secure as possible through the transition

Roasted Chestnuts

At Christmas time Americans sing about roasted chestnuts. Europeans eat them.

11 Things I’ve Learned About Sending My Kids to School in Spain

1. Most children go to school by age two, although school is not mandatory until age six. Children are placed in a class based on the year they were born, so Alleke is in a class with all the kids who were born in 2006. 2. Choosing a school is based on a points system. […]


“Hello, who is this?”…”Alleke”…”Alleke who?”…”Alleke…kid.”

Alleke’s 4th Birthday

Alleke celebrated her 4th birthday on Sunday. There was an 85% chance of rain, and of course we had planned an outdoor party and made 70+ cupcakes…without a Plan B. Watch the video below to find out how the party went… If you have problems with the video, try watching it on YouTube…


Alleke slouched in her high chair and stared at the plate of food sitting in front of her. “Why do I always want candy?” she asked and sighed.

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