Little Adventures: Our DC Bucket List

I recently read a blog that relayed the best parenting advice they ever received was “always take the trip.” Always take the trip, it said, and take the time, and spend the money if you have to, because the experiences that you share with your loved ones are invaluable. Those memories are irreplaceable. You have a limited number of years and you don’t want to spend them looking at Facebook or sitting at home watching baseball. Plus, as a parent, my new favorite thing in the world is discovering things for the first time through my son’s eyes, and even rediscovering things I already know. Continue reading “Little Adventures: Our DC Bucket List”

The Pre-Move Job Search

JobSearchWe are not scheduled to ship out to Port-au-Prince until October, but since jobs at the USAID Mission/US Embassy can take well more than 6 months to move through the hiring process, I’m devoting a little bit of time each week to looking for jobs, talking to friends in the community, reaching out to State resources, and updating my resume in hopes that I can secure a position to start in November, a month after we arrive at post. Continue reading “The Pre-Move Job Search”

Haiti Is Going To Be Awesome!

H started French training on February 6th as a “parachuter,” which is someone who drops in and joins a class that has already started. She is allowed to do this because she scored above a certain threshold on her French exam and basically just needs a French refresher.

As part of the training, she is required to participate in this “French Immersion” day, which is basically a day where they set up a bunch of tables for different Francophone countries or regions and each student is supposed to chose a specific topic within a region or country to present at his or her region’s table.  Continue reading “Haiti Is Going To Be Awesome!”

Our Packing Plan

Now that we know to where we will be moving–pending any, ahem, “current administration” hiccups–our attention has been more focused on figuring out what, and how, we will prioritize, sort, and pack our things that will or will not accompany us to post.

We still don’t know our exact departure date, but we are anticipating a late September/early October leave date. Continue reading “Our Packing Plan”

We’re Moving to the Island of Hispaniola!

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Also known as Haiti! As of right now, we’re scheduled to move out there in September 2017, but all of that is subject to negotiation with the Mission. It’s a 2-year post, so we can expect to call this our home until around summer of 2019.

We are very excited about our assignment to Haiti and here’s why: Continue reading “We’re Moving to the Island of Hispaniola!”

The Prelude To The Post About Our First Post

Let’s talk a little about Foreign Aid and why I think it’s important (and why I’m here).

Foreign aid and the work that USAID and its partners do directly contributes to our security at home, which is a fact that is widely accepted by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. The way USAID has explained the national security strategy (in a simplified form) to its employees is a “3-D strategy” (bear with me here). But I’m not talking about 3 dimensional; I’m talking about the three Ds: Defense, Diplomacy, and Development, and they are each equally important. Continue reading “The Prelude To The Post About Our First Post”

Graduation Day (10/21/16)


H graduated from FS training today. Since I’m off on Fridays I was able to attend with the boy. H’s career mentor and good friend Bob joined us. He was instrumental in helping her network within the USAID community and to get her to where she is today, and he was excited to attend. In fact, when H was going through the FS hiring process, we were debating two ways we could make this next step, and had dinner with Bob and his wife and discussed our options: Continue reading “Graduation Day (10/21/16)”