The Simple Show podcast with Tsh Oxenreider :: Ep. 24: Life in Cambodia with Marla Taviano

Podcast ep. 24: Life in Cambodia

Have you ever been so moved by something that you sold just about everything and moved your entire family to the other side of the world? That’s what Marla Taviano and her husband did not too long ago.

After learning about the atrocities of the sex trade industry in Cambodia, they moved there to play a small part in helping eradicate that disease. They do a beautiful job of partnering with locals and following their lead.

In this podcast episode, Marla and I talk about the craziness of language learning, cross-cultural adjustment, eating questionable food, unschooling, and of course, traveling with kids, one of my favorite topics. Marla is an inspiration and after talking with her, I was completely ready to strap on my backpack again.

The Simple Show podcast with Tsh Oxenreider :: Ep. 24: Life in Cambodia with Marla Taviano

The Simple Show podcast with Tsh Oxenreider :: Ep. 24: Life in Cambodia with Marla Taviano

The Simple Show podcast with Tsh Oxenreider :: Ep. 24: Life in Cambodia with Marla Taviano

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Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Check out my favorite go-to menu planning tool called Plan to Eat—it helps me organize recipes, plan menus, and compile shopping lists with an intuitive drag-and-drop system. It’s a fantastic company.

The Simple Show podcast with Tsh Oxenreider :: Ep. 24: Life in Cambodia with Marla Taviano

Photos by Gabe Taviano


Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Thanks for linking to and adding my photography. It was really awesome for you to see what God has done in our lives, and for wanting to talk about it with Marla. Keep up the awesome work / service / life! God is getting some serious glory, that’s for sure.

  2. Wow, this episode really touched me. Your family is an inspiration to all of us and may God continue to bless your willing hands and hearts. I hope the listeners will join in and help support your ministry. I am thankful for the opportunity to help you in your journey. Thank you, Tsh, for the podcast and for your hard work as well!

  3. This was such an amazing episode. I was inspired and moved to tears. I love how I just never know what amazing people I may get to hear from on your podcasts. Also, I have to register to the last 5 min or so because as soon as I heard about chat books I was busy signing up. I’ve been wanting that very sort of resource. I should have known I would discover the perfect one from your “what’s making me happy” segment. Haha. Love the show and look forward to every new episode!

  4. This is so awesome!! I was really encouraged as a mom who has moved with her husband and 3 little boys to the Pacific. I felt like this reminded me of our purpose here and really gave me hope 🙂

  5. Your family’s story of feeling so led to move to Cambodia and then getting side tracked by a crazy two years of harsh health issues, loss of a job, money, and loss of a home before finally being able to realize the dream of living and serving in Cambodia was so encouraging for me. I’ve recently moved with my family of five (same ages as all of yours) and have just experienced so much loss in so many ways, identity, job I loved, community and schools we loved and thrived in. It doesn’t feel like loss or challenge that we are enduring for a higher purpose God is using us for but simply loss and hardship just because, and I’ve been so frustrated and confused by what God may or may not be doing at this time. The story of your two hard years of questions and challenges encouraged me to renew my belief that God is doing something in this dark season, and I may not know why, but I’m not forgotten or dismissed by Him, that certain passions and dreams I believe He’s given me may still come into fruition someday. Thank you for sharing your story and may God bless your family’s work and labor of love to the rescued boys you serve!

  6. Amazing story, I love Cambodia and its ppl so will be praying for God to continue to be moving in that nation and for you guys to be continuing to join with Him in bringing His Kingdom’s justice, love, mercy and beauty to the kids in Siem Reap!
    (What was the Math website you guys were talking about?)

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