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At Home in the World

This is the story of how our family spent an ordinary nine months in an extraordinary way: circumnavigating the earth to see, firsthand, the places we've always wanted to explore. Through paper lanterns in Thailand, three-foot-wide Venetian passageways, the community of strangers in Zimbabwe, and beyond, I unearth the dance between wanderlust and rootedness; how to be both lost and at home in the world.

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  1. Loved this poem Sarah and it reminds me that things do not change, even after the kids are grown and you are left with, well, you! So your message is simple — don’t forget to take care of you! That best serves everyone! Loving your book, by the way, that Ben gave me when I visited, knowing that he could get another! love!

  2. Love the poem. It does feel like we are all scattered away from each other sometimes. Connection is so important and such a challeng.

  3. So beautiful, Sarah. One of your finest. And, as you know, so appropriate for how I feel. It’s so hard. Thank you for putting words to the ache.

  4. Sarah! I think about this ALL the time. I was bad at keeping friends even before I had kid(s) but I kind of hate being a lone wolf.

  5. Truly. For me, I feel that it’s hard to keep honest friendships during this time. Sometimes, I’m done with the mom-talk. And it’s hard to find friends that can handle the rest My best, truest friendships are long, and thick, and old, but not so daily. I’m learning to keep good company with myself.

  6. I’ve been thinking about that crown of fully-opened fronds, today especially. Hoping for it. Thank you Sarah!

  7. Wonderful Sarah! I loved reading this, and also realize how critically important it is to one’s wellbeing to maintain cherished friendships, yet how hard that is to acheive too!

  8. Thanks for the reminder about child-labor and chocolate! I already *knew* this and typically buy ethical chocolate for myself (goes along with my personal preference anyway). But since I haven’t been reminded of this in a while, it hasn’t been on the forefront of my mind for those other occasional instances, like holidays.

  9. Sarah, we have enjoyed watching your beautiful little ferns unfurl. They are all such interesting characters thanks to your care and feeding!

    I’m ready to breathe with you anytime. =)