Our Story

Welcome to our little story in-the-making. If you don't know me and the hubs already, we have a heart for the nations. Over a timespan of about 8 years, the Father called each of us, individually, to serve Him overseas. He then guided our steps to find one another while in college.

First came love...
(read the full love story here)
School teacher meets Civil Engineering/Seminary Student
(what a smarty pants...but a cute one!)

Then mawwage...
(and Princess Bride fans out there??)

Then while we were still in the application process to move overseas...

A third member was added to our team!

We like to call him Little Man :-)

We are so thankful for and blessed by your support and prayers. We want to be able to share with you all of the many things going on in our life here in SE Asia. The Mr. and I started this blog in 2010 before a summer trip to SE Asia. We did so because we wanted to keep our friends and family as up-to-date as possible about our adventures while traveling. We want to continue sharing our life, stories and struggles with you, as well as everything else in between (DIY projects, recipes, tips and tutorials).

The title and domain name of this blog came straight from the Word:
"But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spread the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life..." (2 Cor. 2:14-16)
We hope to be that sweet fragrance and aroma of Him to all who we come in contact with, whether in person or via this blog!

Welcome to our adventure!
The Mr. and Mrs. (and Little Man!)

Is it your first time visiting? Let me give you a tour!

I love to share stories and lessons learned, whether it be my experiences and memoirs as a Mommy or words of wisdom from the Father. If you'd like to start from the beginning, you can click on those links!

I'm always busy with DIY projects and trying out new recipes. If you're looking for a new "pin", go browse through those tabs. Every once in awhile, my smart, intelligent and witty husband will write a guest post on, but not limited to, the following topics: budgeting tools, money saving tips, coffee products and brewing tips, and travel.

Before Little Man was born, I taught first grade. Although I'm no longer in the classroom, I'm always excited to play and learn with my toddler. On this page, you can find all my posts related to intentional play that encourages learning. And if you need a laugh, feel free to go visit my classroom blog/journal I kept while teaching little first graders. The blog is nothing fancy but the conversations and quotes from my students that I jotted down throughout the school years will make you LOL (literally). 

Now that we live on the other side of the world (SE Asia), we have lots of opportunities to travel to new places and for a lot less money. If you're interested in visiting a new country, maybe we can help you. I've created an index of links to our posts on travel, as well as other travel posts and articles that I've found helpful. Our travel journal is a place to share about the places we enjoy, helpful tips we've learned along the way, our favorite travel items, and the list could really go on and on. There's so much to be learned when you travel! 

Last but certainly not least, we covet your prayers! I try to give a quick update at least once a month on ways you lift up our family, as well ways you can celebrate the "woo-hoos" with us. Even though some of you don't know us by name, the Father does, and we are so grateful for all those who remember us in their prayers (and we don't know some of you by name either)!

Here are a few posts to catch you up to speed on what we've been up to since the beginning:

The Nomadic Life 

Beginning our journey to move overseas.

"Where are My Keys?"
Written when we were selling everything we owned (except for what could fit in our 9 suitcases).

Culture Shock: Paying Power Bills
A humorous guest post by the Mr. to give you an idea of some of the adjustments we have to make while living overseas. You can see his other 2 culture shock posts here and here.

Our House
Before renovations...yikes! If you want to see the facelift we gave to our new home, you can see the initial progress here and here

Dear Year-Ago Me
A letter written to myself a year after living in a new country.

A Simpler Yet More Complicated Life
We've chosen a simpler way of living, but some times it seems more complicated than usual.

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  1. Hello Alisha
    Praying all is well with you and the family. I cant belive how big the baby is!
    Yes I am still teaching first grade and loving it. Several changes are happening at the school, but I know that God is still in control of things. Its so good to see that yall are doing well. Take care
    In Christian Love
    Mrs. Cantrell

    1. It's so good to hear from you! I need to email you and find out more about how things are going with you. There are definitely days that I miss being in the classroom.


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