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Our Family’s Transition from Nepal to New Zealand

Transition is tough.  Our transition as a family of 5 moving from Nepal to New Zealand has been tough.  But it has also been refreshing.

Two months on the family farm out in the wop wops (some NZ lingo for the middle of nowhere!) was fantastic.  Reconnecting with Ben’s family– his mother celebrated her 81st birthday!, the kids rode ponies and motorbikes with their cousins–was full on family fun.  Three years is a long time to be away from family, but oh how we appreciate these days living ‘next door’!

We were emotionally struggling when we first came home.  The transition, the earthquake that devastated Nepal, re-adapting to NZ, etc.  We just need rest, a full stop.  And we received it in the beautiful rolling hills of the family sheep farm.

NZ Sheep Farm

Our Home on the Farm

We also went to a special week of debriefing.  It was incredible just to let the words bundled up in our hearts spill out.  It was safe, it was freeing, it was restoring. We were ready to move on from Nepal and establish ourselves in NZ.

About three weeks ago we moved to “town”.  Living with family was terrific, but we needed something to call our own, something to ground us here in NZ. A nest!  Finding the perfect house for the perfect price in the right neighborhood was  miracle–we feel loved!

The kids have started school.  It was harder for the homeschooling mom than them, I think! They are sick at home this week so I am catching up all the cuddles and quality time, while blowing noses and rubbing vicks on everyone.

And here we are, in New Zealand.

After three months, I finally feel settled.  Our nest is home.  We have a daily routine, we each have our roles and responsibilities and we are moving forward.  So the question is…

Is it time for the My Color Friends children’s book series to live again…?

I was shocked when my son’s preschool teacher asked me if I was still writing books.  I just stammered, “Maybe when we get settled…”

And then she added, “You should keep writing them, they are good.”

I blew off her comments then, ducked my head and ducked out of the class…but later it really did hit me.  Someone actually has read my books! Some one I didn’t know til just now.  Someone in NZ.  A professional in early childhood education and SHE values my early learning ebooks!  Wow.  Encouragement has filled my heart.

I just said I am settled, didn’t I?  So, maybe it’s time to start writing again.  I do have some ideas, I do have the time, I always have my family’s support.  Deep breath, I might be able to do it!  I am struggling with the idea of reinventing myself for a NZ audience or not…One step at a time.

Catch up with the blog, CHECK!

Update my author photo on a million sites, CHECK!

Update Graceful Grey for a Special New Zealand Edition and get it ready to print, CHECK!

It seems the My Color Friends book series is moving forward too!

Thanks for  journeying with me!


Rebuilding Nepal

I am so thankful for everyone who has given to our Sheltering Nepal rebuilding fund!  #HopeinHumanity

$1,000 has been raised which equals about 20 shelters built!  Each shelter can hold up to 5 families, that means at least 100 people have been helped through this giving!

I know many families are still suffering without shelter or food, but I am HOPEFUL that international neighbors and friends of Nepal are sharing their burden and doing more good than I will never know. Because we have seen such generosity, all the thousands of other people who are working hard to help Nepal, they must be making strides to.

Even though the rebuilding process will take time, the little moves we make forward together are life changing for those individuals involved.

I wish I had testimonies and stories to share, names and places of families being helped, but I don’t. And you know why? Because our friends are hard at work traveling and visiting those in need in villages.  They are tired, they are suffering through the heat of the monsoon and they honestly don’t have time to sit and communicate long stories to me…but I trust that lives are being changed! And when the time is right, I will hear those stories and pass it along!

Thanks for being a part of Nepal!  You can give or share our Sheltering Nepal fundraiser by checking it out on YouCaring.com. Click here to see the Sheltering Nepal fundraiser!

Please remember anytime you buy a My Color Friends paperback book, $5 will also go to this fundraiser for Nepali families!

Read more here: My Color Friends Book Titles

The 11th Annual Chitwan Elephant Festival in Nepal!

Once again our family enjoyed all the adventures at the Annual Chitwan Elephant Festival in Nepal! Always educational…

and entertaining!…

And always a fun filled family holiday! Set your jet for Chitwan, Nepal for your next Boxing Day holiday for an up close and personal encounter with Asian elephants.  We love how Chitwan is family friendly and safe! Our kids love it feeding peanuts to the elephants and riding elephants (who wouldn’t?!).  We also fully love these beautiful graceful grey giants!

Read all about the Elephant Festival and learn about Asian elephants in Graceful Grey, Asian Elephants at Work and Play by S. L. Poulton! Now available for Nook, iBooks and more! Click here for Graceful Grey on Kindle!

Graceful Grey Elephants at Work and Play in Chitwan Nepal ebook for Kids!


Mommy’s Books

Mommy’s Books

At our house in Nepal it’s over 100 degrees everyday!  The sun is hot and we are stuck inside most of the day, but our mornings and evening are the perfect time to play!

 Are you stuck inside with your tribe of toddlers and preschoolers too?  If so, it’s time to swap busy activities, I’m running out!  A little inspiration may go a long way!

The Kindle is still our best friend, the kids read just as many stories as my husband does novels.  And I love when they choose to read “Mommy’s books” on our Kindle.  It warms my heart.  And in a way it’s says to me that the My Color Friends ebooks series is worth it (and aimed at the right audience!).

Yesterday, due to technical errors, I painstakingly started from scratch to recreate I Spy…Purple! for Smashwords.  Two days of fighting with the computer doesn’t make my days fun, but I am glad to say that I won! I won! I won!

I Spy…Purple! is now available on Smashwords.com for only .99, making it ebook 5 that can now be bought on iBooks and Barnes and Noble. I am a lot happier now!  Click on the link above to see all five titles in their shining glory on Smashwords : ).

All that to say, if you need an indoor activity for your ones in Pre-K, I think I Spy…Purple! will be perfect.  The ebook may only last ten minutes, but hopefully some fun will ensue around the house when everyone is inspired to play I Spy!  It’s the classic games that keep my kids entertained, and I bet they entertain your family too!

Happy summer.  Happy reading!


Clean-Up-Nepal-A-Thon Day 3

Clean Up Nepal A Thon Day 3. Click here for pictures!

Living in Nepal is always interesting.  One of the saddest things about living here is once you leave your nice enclosed gated yard, the streets are a mess with trash.  Joined by a dozen others we are cleaning up Nepal one neighborhood at a time.

We decided to clean up together for 20 hours while raising money for the Yak Ranch Guesthouse in Nepal that will give 75% of its profits back to Nepal (25% gets reinvested in the Yak Ranch).  We aim at raising $5,000 for the Yak Ranch to continue construction.  You can learn more about the Yak Ranch here.

We are on Day 3 of or trash pick up!  It ha sheen amazing to connect with our neighbors, we have gone to three different neighborhoods so far and had various comments, gestures, encouragement and discouragement!

But my favorite story was when my husband and I went on a Picking Up Trash date in the evening, without our kids.  But a dozen neighborhood kids joined us!  At first they wanted to know what they would get if they filled up a whole bag. I told them nothing, just do a good deed.  Off they ran…but later they came back, they had found their own bag and filled it 3/4 full with trash themselves!  When I went to thank the bus, one said, “We should be thanking you, you just cleaned up the whole street!”


Tonight when we went out to grab a bite to eat, our waiter asked us, “Were you picking up trash this morning?” When replied yes, he said, “I saw you on my street!”  He had some other questions for us!



We’re enjoying this time together with our friends in the cool of the morning  shinning light, caring for the earth and impacting our neighborhoods.

If you would like to know more, see more, or join our sponsorship team, please check out GoFundME.com


Our Favorite Children’s Preschool Ebooks

Our Favorite Children’s Preschool Ebooks

As a newbie to Listmania, I am glad to share my first ebook list. Our life really does revolves around kids ebooks and since making lists are so much fun, I think there will be more loss made soon!!!

Join our family’s best preschool ebook reads and have fun!



Pink’s Garden Now Available on Amazon

Pink’s Garden Now Available on Amazon

After months of procrastination, Pink is here and ready for you to visit her garden!  Only .99 cents for this lovely visit through Pink’s flower garden. 25 real life photos taken from around the world by the author are welcoming and enjoyable.  Check it out today!


Pink’s Garden is book #7 in the My Color Friends Book Series!

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