Monday, September 29, 2014

teacher needed

Ever since we moved to Peru almost 4 years ago, it seems that we are in constant questioning and prayer about the schooling situation for our kids. Two years ago we looked for a teacher to homeschool our boys and when that didn't work out we kept them in their school. Thankfully that situation has worked for Ford, but unfortunately Brady is still struggling. So, we have decided to try and find a teacher to homeschool him this next year (2015). Seasons are flip flopped here in Peru, so school starts in March. We would like to have a teacher here from March to November (a 9 month commitment).

Other important information: 
Brady will be 9 years old and in the 4th grade. The reason he is struggling so much in a normal school setting is that he has dyslexia. Learning disorders aren't recognized here in Peru, so there is no one on staff at his school to work with him. I have tried to help him as much as possible, but I lack the necessary training. I have only been able to get him so far.

I expect a normal school day to be about 4 hours a day. The rest of the time would be for the teacher to be as he/she wishes (including 5 weeks of vacation time to travel around this beautiful country). The teacher would be responsible for all subjects and helping pick out the curriculum.

We can pay for the teacher's flight to and from Peru, housing, and family dinners. All other food and expenses would be covered by the teacher.

We always have at least 4 interns in their 20s volunteering where we work (for 6 month periods), so there would be built in community. 

We are looking for someone with a teaching degree that also has experience in the classroom.

It has been a long 4 years doing school in Peru with our kids and we believe having Brady homeschooled will alleviate a lot of the pressure and stress on our family. 

If you know anyone who would be interested, would you please pass this information along?  And for anyone interested, would you please email me at goodfellowsinperu at gmail dot com.  I would love to answer any questions and connect further with anyone that would consider homeschooling Brady.  I know that it would be a huge step for someone to move to Peru and help us, but I believe that it would be an amazing experience for everyone involved.  Thank you all, in advance, for passing on the word about our need.  And many thanks to anyone who takes the time to consider if this is the job for you.



Monday, June 2, 2014

the latest

A (mostly) photo essay update:

Easter. We went to our new favorite restaurant- the newly opened Olive Garden!!! It might also be where I chose to go for my birthday (which was in the same week).image

This girl loves her cat. I can't say the feeling is mutual, but Leo is at least willing to sleep with her when it's her turn to have him.
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The kids had 2 weeks off of school, so we spent a day at the zoo.
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Marina, Annie, and I surprised Riley by taking her to the One Direction concert. Our seats were on the other side of the stadium, so we're trusting that it was One Direction up on the stage.
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We call Tyler our "Errand Girl." Any errand that Blake or I have to run, she always wants to tag along. Many times she falls asleep in the car. Also, she loves cats.
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Riley made a cake for my birthday, but we were out of eggs. Thankfully our neighbor across the street has a store! Barrio living at its finest.
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We had a Cinco De Mayo party with friends.
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Tyler pushing the limits. She isn't allowed in friends' houses without our permission, so this is where she sits.
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During the kids' vacation, the 3 big kids walked/biked/scootered to Krochet Kids by themselves to "help." We love living so close to KKp!
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We were hosting the interns for dinner when we realized the meat was still frozen. We have no microwave, so we did what you do- ran hot water over it. Except the only place that we have hot water is in our shower.
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Riley and I finally went on a long overdue girls' weekend away.
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We went to Ica where there are huge sand dunes and you can sand board. I rode down the board on my butt because it is a lot scarier than it looks.
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Our little skater girl.
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Mother's Day performances for 2014 were thankfully very low key. No costumes required.
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Tyler was the announcer for her class's presentation. We were so proud of her for getting up on stage and talking in front of a large crowd.
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Brady danced to Mama Mia. He loves being up on stage!
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

moving abroad with older kids: where's the road map?

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I'm honored to have joined the writing team at A Life Overseas. My first post for them went up today and is about moving abroad with older kids. Here's an excerpt:

What I didn’t expect was how hard I would take it all as the parent. We had prayed and talked through everything about our move and decided that putting our kids into a Peruvian school was important to us. We just didn’t realize what we were asking of our kids. The day I rode in a taxi and dropped my 5 year old off for his first day of kindergarten in a language he didn’t understand at all about broke my heart. This wasn’t the kindergarten experience that I had dreamed of for him.

You can read the rest here!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

jack

Meet Jack.
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Since all 4 kids are now in full time school, I thought I would take on an extra kid. Jack's mom works for Krochet Kids and although we have a day care, it is full of kids. So I decided that I would like to help take care of the babies of KKp so that they can get the attention that they need. And right now Jack is the only baby around, so he gets all of my attention. Jack has been with me for almost 2 months now, Monday through Friday, 9-6. We're having fun together and I'm learning how to do things with just one hand again. 

Of course, in the afternoons, I have a few helpers.imageimage

Tyler has officially added Jack to her drawings of our family.
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Here she is telling Jack that he's part of our family, but not really because she knows that he already has a family.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

amsterdam

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We ended our time in Europe with a trip to Amsterdam. This stop was our most anticipated one because my sister, Bekah, and brother-in-law, Clay, and their family are living in the Netherlands for 9 months as part of Clay's PhD program. We took the train from Paris to Amsterdam and then immediately hopped on a train to their city, Kampen, about an hour outside of Amsterdam. There we were reunited with our favorite niece, Ever, and nephew, Owen. Last time we saw Owen he was only a few weeks old, so he was a different kid. It was so fun to be aunt and uncle for a few days. Bekah and Clay are also some of our favorite people in the world, so it was a huge treat to be with them and catch up on life in person. They were wonderful hosts, showing us around both Kampen and Amsterdam. We wish that we had had more time with them and in Amsterdam. We loved the city! The biking culture is phenomenal and it just has such a fun vibe. 

My favorite little guy, who isn't so little anymore.
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My sister and I biking to Ever's ballet class.
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It was really cold and rainy, so we had to stay bundled up.
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Watching Ever's ballet class. She would look at the window every few minutes to make sure we were still there and wave at us.
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After ballet class we walked around the center of town and got gelato and coffee.
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Aunt and uncle happily on duty.
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After our time in Kampen, we took the train back to Amsterdam to spend a day.
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Blake and Clay started the day with the Heineken Brewery Tour.
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While I took my nephew to the red light district as any good aunt would do. 
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We also went to the flower market (on the right side of the canal in this picture).

Bekah and I then grabbed a first lunch (and then ate a second one later with the guys).
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We also toured the Anne Frank house and finally made our way to the I Amsterdam sign. We ended our last night in Europe eating pasta in Amsterdam with family. It was pretty perfect.
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We truly could not have experienced a more perfect anniversary trip. We will be living off the high of this trip for years and years to come. We are eternally grateful for our friends who not only made this possible, but shared in our excitement. Here's to another 15+ years of marriage!