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I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks. – Harper Lee

Happy Father’s Day: 14 Reasons Why This Guy’s Absolutely Nailing It

Dear Ryan, Remember that article that used photographs of wonderful fathers to blast apart that age-old but annoying convention that dads are incompetent co-parenters? Well, I went and made my own version FOR YOU. Posted from Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, France.






To the Love of My Life on Her Birthday

November 9, 2013 Seville, Spain Many who read about our travels have no idea that there is a story, many stories actually,that pre-date our traveling life. While I will not go into detail here, it is fair to say that you have played a vital role in shaping the man that I am today. Since […]






Now, How On Earth Did I End Up With A Six-Year-Old? (Love, Your Mother)

August 2 Tabuaço, Portugal For what it’s worth, today I still have a little boy.  I still have a little boy who tells me not to go too far when it’s time to put out the lights, even though I’ve been sleeping in a bed right next to him for months.  I still have a […]






Happy 6th Birthday, Oliver: Love, Daddy

August 2 Tabuaço, Portugal Oliver, I still remember the day that Mommy called to tell me the good news that you were growing inside of her. There is no question that from that very first call, you changed everything in my life for the better. I am quite certain that you helped to save me, […]






What it Means to Captain This Ship: To My Husband On Father’s Day

June 16 Vigo, Galicia, Spain This has been a challenging week, to say the least.  Somewhere in the lovely Picos de Europa, our van started to sound as if it were towing a refrigerator up and down the mountains.  After consulting a mechanic in Oviedo, we learned that our driver-side caliper was shot and our tie […]






Happy Birthday, Little One: Kendley Turns Two (From Daddy)

May 18 Bordeaux, France Happy birthday to my beautiful little girl. From the second I laid my eyes on you, I was in awe of you. You have always filled my heart with joy and have given me a lifetime of love in only two years. While you might not understand what we are doing […]






Happy Birthday, Little One: Kendley Turns Two (From Mommy)

May 18 Bordeaux, France Today our daughter turns two years old.  To celebrate, we followed our GPS for ages around the sprawling suburbs that spiral off Bordeaux’s ring road until it brought us to Récréa’Land, an indoor gymnasium/fun zone complete with multilevel play structures, slides and several enormous, child-swallowing ball pits.  In the past, we […]






Credit Where Credit is Due

Before getting underway, I’d like to give credit to the very good friend of mine who came up with the title of our blog. If it weren’t for the creative genius of Ms. Ruchi Gupta (who coincidentally works for a large advertising house), Olivertheworld might otherwise have come to be known as EatenbyMonkeys.com or worse, […]