Leslie Thomas

Hey ya’ll! I’m Leslie and I’m a homeschooling mom of 4, a Navy wife, and a doctor when we’re stateside. I’m from South Carolina but we’ve lived in the southeast of the United States for the past 10 years and currently reside in Sasebo, Japan. In case you don’t know, that's near the bottom of Japan. It's a crazy change, but a welcome one. I love books and movies. I’m passionate about mission work and teaching my kids to find their own relationship with Jesus Christ. And I love our military community. Family is what you make it and I have found my village over and over again in other mamas that are traveling this path with me and I’m blessed for it.
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Breast Cancer Facts and Ways to Help All Year

If you see me with pink streaks in my hair this month, it's because for the last three decades in the United States, October has been Breast Cancer Awareness month. Charities like the Susan G....
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Far from Home: Recipes for Celebrating Thanksgiving When You Are Away

I know what you’re thinking and no, this is not a post about Spider-Man’s Thanksgiving (although I did debate spinning a tale about just that - see what I did there?). This is about Thanksgiving,...
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Is Being a Wife and Mother Enough?

I have always wanted to be a doctor. I've known it for nearly my entire life, outside of a few childhood dreams that were unrealistic or plain made up. My daughter is artistic where her...
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Miyajima: Exploring Japan’s Deer Island

Even though it causes feelings of anxiety and stress, I love to travel with my children. It is one of our favorite activities, and we love a good adventure with crazy memories for good...
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It’s Summer…What Are You Going to Do Today?

Summer is here, and I know in many OCONUS stations there are no summer camp options for non essential personnel. So what will we do with our children this summer? Have fun I hope! I’ve come...
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Enjoy Japanese Culture: Try Celebrating Children’s Day

It is sakura (cherry blossom) season, and that means a number of holidays are upon us here in Japan.  Japan has plenty of holidays that are only celebrated here. That means when things are closed...
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As An Overseas Black Parent, Going Home Is Hard

I Just Cannot Today  I woke up this morning and read an article describing the traffic stop of a Black and Latino Army Lieutenant who was subsequently pepper sprayed and forced to the ground because...
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In the Midnight Hour: Musings on Motherhood

This week, my youngest child had a cough that started out benign but developed into a hacking cough that woke him up, gasping for breath. For a week straight I held him at night...

Strawberries: The Luxury Fruit of Japan

Where I’m from, winter is for oranges and grapefruits. But summertime boasts a myriad of fruits and vegetables. That’s why when I saw strawberries in December in Japan, I grabbed them, excited for one...