Here’s a little introduction for those of you who don’t know us personally (and also for those we know). I am Sharon, married to Daniel. I am a mom to three lovely boys, aged 7, 5, and 2 (as of 2020). Lovely, they are, but I don’t want to hide the fact that we do have fighting days, messy days, cranky days, I-hate-you-mom days, um… sometimes all these are rolled into one day. But, parenting has been an amazing journey. Just to stop through all the craziness and ponder for a mintue that I actually get to raise humans! Oh yes, I often get to hear, “You are the best, mom”, “Love you”, “You are a cooking expert” (actually I would rate my culinary skills pretty low, but I work to get better at it just to live up to their expectations).
This blog was born to talk mostly about family and our journey as a family. I believe that family is such a powerful unit. It has the ability to build and to break. Families have a life-giving character about them. I call this blog ‘Family Tree’, because I believe every family is meant to be a living and life-giving unit. That’s my hope and desire for your family.
My husband and I are Indians. Our three sons were born during our six-year stint in the US, and they hold US passports. Interesting, isn’t it? But we are so grateful for the cross-cultural experience of living and learning from another country. I delivered babies in a hospital thousands of miles away from where I was born, and we became parents while surrounded by some great people from whom we learnt a great deal about marriage and parenting. This experience has definitely shaped the way we parent our children, of course, in addition to the faith and values that have been passed on by our own parents.
For us, as a family, it is important that we love Jesus, pray to God, and read our Bibles. I wouldn’t exactly call ourselves religious, but we look at it as a personal relationship with the Creator God (that’s huge, I know!) that influences the way we do life. I try to keep my stories accessible for those who don’t share this faith, but you might read in my blogs about a time when I “asked” God for something or a value I picked from the Bible, simply because they are an integral part of me and our family.
Here’s another interesting fact about our family: We have moved 10 times in our 11 years of marriage. Three of those were international moves. Actually, they were just back and forth between India and the US, but hey, each counts as a move. And some of those were within the same city. So, a different address and a set of boxes to unpack, but no need to explore the neighborhood again or identify which is going to be our favorite grocery store. If there’s one thing these multiple moves has taught us, it is that life itself is a journey. We are headed towards a destination, and we can’t get too attached to what we are just passing by.
We also started homeschooling our kids in 2019, mainly because of the flexibility it offers with the many moves that comes with our kind of journey. I am still quite new to this, but I hope to share from my experiments and lessons about school. I don’t know about our kids, but I have been learning a ton already.
Well, I think that’s enough for now. We will probably get to know each more as we journey together through this blog. Thank you for stopping by. I invite you to subscribe to the blog. It would be great to hear from you. You could contact us or leave a comment. Taking a few seconds of your precious time could give us just a little encouragement to keep going.