Nine years on

My son Max is turning nine, NINE!  It amazes me how fast the time has gone and what a wonderful big boy he is.  His confidence is growing, he has developed this lovely empathy for others and he’s intrigued by our global differences.

Max at 3 months

Max aged 8. It's getting impossible for him to smile for a photograph

The next 3 blogs are a little bit of personal history, to bring us up to date –

Currently we live in Hong Kong, we moved here in June of 2009 from Florida.  In the beginning I suffered the typical expat homesickness, brought on by a few triggers like losing our passports, crowds of people pushing through doorways and into elevators (that joke about Americans needing three feet of personal space, I really did) and living in a remote small village surrounded by poisonous snakes and millions of mosquitos, where no one spoke a word of English.  My homesickness turned into a bout of depression followed by hair loss, not realizing I was suffering until I started to feel normal again.  We had planned to stay in Hong Kong for twelve weeks, I packed one suitcase for each of us (my husband Tristan was already here) and we set off on this incredible experience abroad.


  1. Lori Sandman on February 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Sam…so cute…I miss Baby Mackie. Working on you today…can’t wait to see your stuff in my kitchen! Time for you to have another baby.

    • Sam on February 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      Your so sweet! Thank you for everything! Since your babies are all grown up I’ll have to suggest the oogaa bowls for potato chip bowls! xxx

  2. Amy Buck on February 8, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I can’t wait to see everything. Everything looks beautiful! I’m so happy and excited for you.

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