Kate Spade

Those of you who know me personally, know about my Kate Spade obsession. I’m writing on a laptop that I carry in a Kate Spade bag. My Kate Spade wallet is tucked into that same bag. My phone screen has Kate Spade wallpaper. When I get on a plane back to the U.S., I’ll be…

Turistas!

We had friends visiting last week and another friend arrives on Friday. Tourist central! It's exciting to share Panama with our U.S. friends. It also forces us up and out! No matter where you live, you get complacent with your life just getting the daily stuff done -- school, practices, work, laundry, dishes, grocery shopping,…

Transit ticket

I got my first ticket today. I'm not even sure how it happened. I was sound asleep when Dean got a call from frantic friends this morning. They were headed to the airport and had been caught in a checkpoint. They don't have driver's licenses and the husband who was actually driving didn't have his…

Plugging along and in

Remember being the new kid at school? Or the newest hire in an established business or department? Have you gone to a party where everyone else has known each other for years? That’s a little bit like moving to a new country. You feel like a fish out of water and you are pretty sure…

Words are not enough

I'm shocked by the number of people we know who were at the Route 91 Harvest festival or had planned on being there. The descriptions of their flights for their lives, the horror they saw unfolding around them... words fail me. We are thankful for our friends who survived such a traumatic experience. My heart…

Love from Panama

The hardest part about being in Panama is being away from loved ones. We want to share their joys and sorrows, celebrate events and be with them. When loved ones hurt, we hurt. We have not been in Panama long enough to have seen from far away so many life-changing diagnoses, life-altering job and home…