Thursday, October 16, 2014

Global Families - MKB Instagram Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY!

Families Around the World: MKB Instagram Blog Hop! 
Families from Around the World

Good morning everyone!

When I was a child, I had a doll collection.  Dolls representing cultures around the world!  I think it started when my father brought me back dolls from Japan when I was only a toddler.  Then it seemed whenever my parents traveled to a place where unique dolls were found, they continued to add to my collection - American Indians,  and Mexican dolls were some of my earlier ones.  I was always fascinated looking at them and would ask for more - I think I was most fascinated by some of the traditional costumes representing a new and different culture! Even though at the time, I hadn't traveled to these places, I was given Spanish dancer dolls  and Dutch dolls in traditional dress and wooden shoes. Many were stereotypical for those cultures but it provided a window to a new and different world.  I would often think about what it was like to live in those countries.

As an adult, it's been wonderful to travel and now to be a part of an extended global family as an expat. It is indeed a tremendous and beautiful opportunity for our family. These days, so many families like my own, are living all over the world and embracing their diverse and blended heritage.  I have had the privilege and luxury to  join and get to know members of the Multicultural Kids Blog group.  We are all families who live all over the world - some of us in our "home" countries, other in foreign countries as expats.  Where ever we are living, all of us are choosing to raise our children with a more diverse and global views of the world.  Sometimes its helping our kids understand their own blended cultures, sometimes its learning about the current culture we live in, sometimes it's learning about other cultures, beliefs and celebrations.  We come from around the world and are currently living all over this world.  For me it's like watching my doll collection come to life!

I feel so blessed and grateful about these connections and it's also been fun to travel and meet so many of these families in person!!  It's funny, I was just talking with my own mother the other night and we realized that over the past 3 years, when we have traveled to different European cities, we have been able to meet up with someone that I have gotten to know through blogging!   We will be continuing this pattern this January when we travel to Marrakech, Morocco!  It's so fun to meet other parents, like myself and to also get a "local"view of the area.  Feeling so grateful!!

So, to give you a sense of our Multicultural Kids family - I encourage you to check out our blogs and instagram feeds.  It's a beautiful world of diversity and I know for myself it's so fun each day to get that "snapshot" from around the world of every one's daily lives!

We also want to see your family, and the beauty of diversity... help us showcase families from all over the world! Join us for an Instagram Blog Hop honoring MKB's second anniversary and families around the world! How to Join In Be sure to visit our wonderful co-hosts, plus enter our giveaway and link up your Instagram profile!

Blog Hop Co-Hosts

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