Welcome to Eleven Orchard Way! We are Ben and Gabrielle, and this is where we document some of our family’s travels, projects, and celebrations to share. We hope to inspire others to embrace everyday family life with an adventurous spirit!
We are an American family of six (kids ages seven, five, three, and one) living abroad. After three wonderful years in England, we currently live in Berlin, Germany. In just a few short years, we’ve had the privilege of traveling Europe as a family, and have thoroughly enjoyed experiencing different cultures from that perspective. Our best advice to anyone traveling with kids is to keep it simple and don’t overthink it. We hope you’ll find our travel posts helpful and encouraging!
Over the years, we’ve grown to love entertaining and hosting parties for nearly every occasion. Usually, we are having too good of a time to remember to take pictures, but we’ve been working on that! When we ask our kids if they’d prefer a birthday party or gifts, they always say PARTY! This is perfect for our lifestyle, because it means fewer material things collecting in our house and more time experiencing fun with friends. We love sharing the fun details and the behind-the-scenes process of putting together a celebration (big or small) that runs smoothly. It takes practice!
We put great effort in making our home, wherever we are, a haven for our family. We know that it takes a lot of time, energy, and planning to foster a peaceful family lifestyle and maintain a creative environment among a fast-paced world driven by technology. We hope our site serves to encourage others who also wish to savor the precious moments of life with their loved ones, without the undue stress and anxiety that is easily felt from societal pressures. If that’s you, then you’re in good company!