Shabbat Shalom, Far from Home

We are now in Israel, specifically Jerusalem, and what an amazing city this is. Many people, at least many Americans, associate Israel with Judaism. And while the majority of the Israelite population is Jewish (approximately 75%), you don’t need to be of the same faith to appreciate the surroundings. After all, Jesus has a very important history here. As does, […]

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Unexpected Inspirations: Part Two

Image of Cambodia Tree Temple

The Cambodian Temples located in/around Siem Reap are magnificent ruins with extraordinary detail. It is the Cambodian people however that inspire me most. As part of Oakley’s homeschooling, we read a book on the Khmer Rouge, a Communist organization founded by educated idealists and Cambodian Nationalists that assumed control of the country in the 1970s. For 4 years, the Khmer […]

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Unexpected Inspirations: Part One

Image of Phuket Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand

While in Thailand we visited the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. This 25+ acre complex was originally built by the founder, Mr. Montri Todtane, with the help of the heralded Lek Sangduen Chailert. Mr. Todtane had a simple intention: create a retirement home for his trusted two elephants who had worked with him giving treks to tourist. He loved his large four-legged […]

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