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Young and Agrarian and Free

Young girl at the Children's Shelter of Cebu.

Yes, I’ve been baking peanut adulate pies, yes, I’ve been activity to bed early, and yes, I’ve been admiring it. But there’s absolutely a acceptable acumen I took this anniversary “off” from Compression of Yum.

It’s all in alertness for a change. An all-embracing change.

A change that involves Bjork and I affective to the Philippines for a year. The one in Southeast Asia that’s fabricated up of 7,000 islands. The one that’s 8,000 afar away. In 6 weeks. Moving. There.


It’s actively 100% true. We’ll be there for one year, and I would adulation to acquaint you that we’re aloof activity to be assimilation up the close sun, but that would be bad account for one white-skinned-spf-100-extreme-sunburn Scandinavian boy.

Instead, we’ll be alive in the adumbration at an abode in Cebu City. It’s alleged the Children’s Apartment of Cebu and you ability accept apparent it mentioned here afore because my ancestors Roselyn, Romeo, and Rodrigo lived at this apartment for several years afore actuality adopted. Up until this point, we accept donated all of our blog assets to the apartment because we absolutely adulation what they are accomplishing for kids. And now… we’re activity there ourselves!

Here’s the official FAQ.

How did it happen? We were planning to appointment Cebu this summer – Bjork has never been there, and we capital to do some all-embracing travel, so it seemed like a fun way to absorb three weeks in June. A few weeks ago, we got a alarm from the administrator of the alignment allurement us if we’d be accommodating to extend our break from three weeks to one year. Afterwards some austere conversations, prayer, and extreme-stress-eating, we absitively we were accessible and willing.

What will you be doing? I’ll be teaching a baby chic of Akin C (upper elementary) kids from the abode at the Accouchement of Achievement school. Bjork will assignment accidentally part-time in his accepted job. He’ll additionally be volunteering at the apartment with technology-related projects and arch ballsy amateur of t-ball, because he does being like that.

Where will you live? In a furnished Cebuano apartment, which, from what I hear, comes with a few chargeless babyish lizards. Not cool.

How will you get about in Cebu? Hello Jeepney.

What will you do with your house? Hire it out!

What will you do with your cars? Advertise them! If you’re in the bazaar for a candied SUV, animadversion below. I’ll alike bandy in a pan of brownies with the deal.

What will you do with your stuff? Backpack it up and abundance it in Grandma’s basement. Thanks, Gma!

What will you do with your beard in that calefaction and humidity? I feel a 365-day pony appendage nub advancing on. And yes, I meant to say nub. I did not time that crew well.

What do you anticipate you’ll absence most? Ancestors time, advanced accessible spaces, adapted temperatures, adapted hair, and our bestie couples’ -to-be bairn babyish boy.

What are you best aflame for? Accompany and ancestors to appear and visit, aggravating out a non-Western lifestyle, and a afflicted heart.

What will appear to Compression of Yum? The acidity (literally) ability change, you ability see beneath amber and added Filipino kids, and mangoes could booty over indefinitely. But really, I plan to accumulate things activity with posts about our new activity in the Philippines as able-bodied as the aforementioned ol’ aperitive recipes. Hopefully you guys can handle the American-style Filipino flair.


So now you apperceive why I bare a anniversary to put my anxiety up and eat peanut adulate pie. Accent on the peanut butter. And pie.

It’s activity to be a crazy year. But we are adolescent and agrarian and free, or at atomic we’re pretending.

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    I accept such account for you both. It’s not consistently accessible afterward the Lords nudging. May He use you mightily over this abutting year….and beyond! You are an inspiration!!

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      Thank you so much! We are aggressive by abounding others who accept done far added ambitious things and we are beholden for their example!

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    Wow, that will be absolutely the change. If I had the money, I would absolutely anticipate about purchasing your SUV and pan of brownies, although if I were to attending at my funds too closely, it would apparently end up aloof actuality the pan of brownies.

    I additionally adulation the aftermost animadversion you fabricated on the announcement “….we’re adolescent and agrarian and free…” Isn’t that aloof what activity is all about? Throwing attention and agnosticism into the wind, bottomward aggregate and aloof activity for that big change? Acknowledgment for actuality such an inspiration!

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    What an amazing befalling and I accept so abundant account for you both to acceleration to this challenge. I’m abiding you two are activity to accept an amazing year and you’re activity to accompany such joy to the accouchement you will be teaching.

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    Valerie at The Year of Active Healthfully

    Lindsay, what an incredible, thrilling, and alarming decision! I doubtable this will be one of the best life-giving and life-deepening years of your life. What an amazing absolution that you and Bjork can do this together. You will accept the backbone of so abounding prayers and thoughts abaft you. So, so, so blessed for both of you.

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    luv what you do

    Wow, that is a huge affairs change and an amazing opportunity. Acceptable for you for demography this adventitious and abduction the moment! It will be an chance that you will never balloon and I attending advanced to the pictures of kids and mangos!

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    I was apprehensive area you were this week! I accept such account for you and what a absolution those accouchement and academy accept that you and Bjork are activity out there. I’m absolutely aflame to abide account your blog and seeing what you’re accomplishing out there. Seriously, you’re amazing!!

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    Lindsay A

    Wow! What a admirable afflatus you are! If alone added of us were accommodating to booty such a desperate move to advice others. I apperceive you will never affliction accomplishing this! I am sooo animated you aren’t demography a Compression of Yum breach though. I would be actual sad and your recipes would be actual absent by anybody in my ancestors 🙂

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      Thanks Lindsay! I absolutely don’t anticipate we will affliction it either. Appropriate now I affliction not befitting my closet added organized… but added than that… 🙂

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    Wow this is so exciting! I didn’t apprehend you were planning a move. I’m appetent of the big change and all the adventures you will accept over there. Attractive advanced to your posts about Filipino kids and mangos! 😉

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    That is abundantly amazing. I’m aggressive by your (and Bjork’s) adherence to this account that’s so important to you–and I apperceive that it’ll be an eye-opening, enriching, overwhelming, acclaimed year. I achievement you’ll acquaint us all about it!

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    Lindsay, ACCEPTABLE FOR YOU! What an alarming chance and absurd way to accord aback to the world. I attending advanced to befitting up with your new activity in the Phillipines via Compression of Yum, back your blog is absolutely one of my favs. And, don’t anguish about those babyish lizards. I’ve lived in places area they fabricated themselves at home central the house. They don’t eat much. 🙂 Truthfully, afore continued you’ll anticipate they’re cute. All the best to you and Bjork on your Adolescent & Agrarian & Chargeless adventure!

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    Holy…cow. What an amazing befalling for you guys and how air-conditioned that you could both accomplish it assignment to do it. Can’t delay to chase forth on your adventure over there. Acceptable luck with all the being that needs to get done afore you leave, I’m abiding that’s a bit of a demanding process!

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      This is so awesome. What an amazing befalling for the both of you and I’m so anxious of your adeptness to say, “YES. Let’s do this!” I absolutely ambition I had done article this … BIG … afore the kiddos came along. You’re absolutely an afflatus for afterwards they all run off to academy and leave me home alone. I’d adulation to do article like this and I can’t delay to apprehend about your journey!

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    OMG! That is SO air-conditioned Lindsay! Wow, what an amazing, agitative time! I can’t delay to apprehend all about it. It is absolutely the time to do it and you absolutely are young, agrarian and free!

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      Good luck with what your are doing…i am additionally complex in a agnate activity in india..have a attending at our website..

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    I ample your blogging breach may accept had to do with a little freelance activity or something. Had no abstraction that “project” complex analogous a move to Southeast Asia for year. WOW!! Congrats and this affectionate of column inspires me. Way to go to chase your dreams!

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    Wow Lindsay! This is amazing! I’m so captivated that we get to chase forth on your blog and vicariously alive through your adventures. It sounds like a year in which God is activity to assignment effectively . . .

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    Wow what an alarming chance and abundant opportunity! I attending foward to account about your circadian activity and additionally the aliment Philippines.

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    OMG, that’s soooo great! What a abundant account to help. It’s so nice that your bedmate can assignment from there too, I bet that makes things easier.

    What a abundant chance to get into! Acceptable luck! I’m attractive advanced to the new recipes with Asian influence!

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      Thanks Ana! We are so blessed that he will be able to assignment accidentally and accumulate his job. And hopefully the Asian access will be adorable and not disastrous. Time will tell. 🙂

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    Lizabeth K.

    We’ll absence you actuality at school! I am so animated to apprehend that you’ll abide blogging, though! 🙂

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      Greg Herman

      Wow, that’s incredible. I absolutely may accept addition absorbed in your Bravada. Can you let me apperceive the specs? Thanks!

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    So exciting!!!! I can’t brainstorm accepting 6 weeks to about-face my activity upside bottomward completely, but I apperceive that the acquaintance will be activity alteration (in acceptable ways!) for you. Can’t delay to see pictures and apprehend belief about what you’re accomplishing there!

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    I aloof started afterward your blog. I adulation the abundant mix of advantageous and not-so-healthy but consistently aperitive attractive recipes! I anticipate it’s admirable that you and your bedmate get to accept this chance together. What a aberration you will get to accomplish in those children’s lives. Best of luck and I’ll accumulate you both in my prayers!