A US Expat Family Celebrates the 4th of July Abroad

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A US Expat Family Celebrates the 4th of July Abroad

Our US Expat Family Celebrates 4th of July Abroad

Happy 4th of July! As an expat family traveling abroad, we gratefully commemorate the 239th year of the founding of the United States.

We are not, however, ethnocentric, zealously patriotic Americans. We celebrate our privileges and freedoms of being US citizens. At the same time, we maintain a global perspective that values people from every nation and ethnicity.

Our US Expat Family Celebrates 4th of July Abroad

As Christians, we desire to live peacefully wherever we travel. We are committed to following the teaching of Jesus and his apostles in the New Testament.

Love your enemies…do not resist evil…repay no man evil for evil

honor to whom it is due…pray for those in authority…submit to the governing authorities

As US citizens living overseas, there are only so many things we can take on. We avoid time-consuming and divisive involvement in political issues. We do pray for our national leaders and live as law-abiding citizens in whatever country we find ourselves.

Our family holds Philippine passports and a Mexican passport for our youngest. We all have US passports, a gift we do not take lightly. No matter where we are in the world, we pause on the 4th of July to thank the Lord for the freedoms behind that little blue book. Not all people have the privilege to travel as Americans do.

As parents living as expatriates, we want our children to have a global perspective that does not elevate one nation above another. We try to understand and teach what behaviors alienate global citizens from one another.
That said, our family is always ready for three things, an impromptu adventure, a family-fun celebration and seizing any educational opportunity.

Our US Expat Family Celebrates 4th of July Abroad

Family picnic on our secluded beach.

Our US Expat Family Celebrates 4th of July Abroad

Josiah caught a Spotted Snake Eel. Baby was born underwater. It’s only natural that he would love the sea.

Our US Expat Family Celebrates 4th of July Abroad

Hosea giggles with each rolling wave. This child LOVES the ocean. Joshua and Hosanna join the fun.

Our Family’s Fourth

We talk about American history and use this day to remind our children of their American heritage. Most of our children have spent more time traveling outside the US than they have living within. That makes this remembrance all the more important to us. We have an all-American barbeque, do whatever it takes to spark some fireworks, hunt for a beach or a fantastic picnic spot and do what Americans ought to do–give thanks and enjoy the day as a family.

The children eagerly anticipated our family’s celebration. We found red, white and blue plates and napkins and all the extras needed for a 4th of July bash.

We were gifted with an amazing six-weeks of living in a Mexican mansion right on the sea. The home belongs to a precious lady who used to work in Hollywood and now serves as a Christian throughout the world. Two weeks before our infant’s heart surgery and four weeks following, we were given this absolute dream house.

The mansion overlooks the Pacific. The garden was full of mangoes and exotic flowers. Jeremiah and Hadassah busied themselves by riding their little bikes around the water fountain in the center of the yard. On the expansive back porch, I spent my time nursing and rocking baby, listening to the children laugh, feeling the breeze soothe my soul and enjoying the majestic sea view.

Our US Expat Family Celebrates 4th of July Abroad

When they are not in the Bucerias Bay, they are swimming in the pool. LOVE this house.

 

Our US Expat Family Celebrates 4th of July Abroad

Our US Expat Family Celebrates 4th of July Abroad

Lost at sea. Their uncommon childhood provides them with countless hours thinking and imagination. Sand, sticks, sea-shells, birds, coconuts, salt water…these are gems of childhood.
They are standing in front of the large home where we have been staying.

In all of our travels, I’ve never so fully enjoyed a house and yard. We spent six weeks of near perfection there. Baby’s heart repair was healing well; he did not need oxygen supplement at sea level. The private pool was just steps from the porch. The ocean and large stretch of empty beach offered breathtaking views and an unlimited playground.

I felt like I had stepped into a scene of “the Waltons go to Mexico”. I’ll let these photos tell the rest of the story. To our friends from the USA, we wish you a safe and happy 4th of July wherever you are celebrating.

Our US Expat Family Celebrates 4th of July Abroad

Did I mention that kayaks were included with the house? Grateful for the priceless memories.

Our US Expat Family Celebrates 4th of July Abroad

What could be better that a water balloon toss. It was the boys against the girls. Even Mama and Papa got in on the action.

 

Our US Expat Family Celebrates 4th of July Abroad

Even our dog was having the time of her life. She was chasing the largest and most colorful bird she had ever seen.

Our US Expat Family Celebrates 4th of July Abroad

Baby has recovered well from his heart repair. He charms us with his bright smile and thumbs-up.

Our US Expat Family Celebrates 4th of July Abroad

Sisters play with unending imagination on our expansive, secluded beach backyard.

Our US Expat Family Celebrates 4th of July Abroad

Sparkler fun and roasting marshmallows. Happy 4th of July from the Inion Family!


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Brent and Stacey-jean Inion
Brent and Stacey-jean Inion
Brent and Stacey-jean Inion, parents of nine (including four children adopted with special needs), 2014 National Geographic Travelers of the Year and the National Geographic Travelers People's Choice Travelers of the Year. They love to laugh, to read and to explore as a family. The secret to their marital bliss is an early morning cup of freshly brewed coffee before the children awake.

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