About Us

My name is Erin Goddard.  I am a former Oregon Junior High School teacher, turned Stay At Home/Living Abroad mom. My husband and I have been married for 12 years and have 2 very silly children.

Little G

   After building a strong community in Oregon for 5 years, my husband lost his job as a wilderness therapist when the company closed and then by the grace of God got a new job working for the Marine Corps here in Okinawa, Japan!



I was a Social Studies teacher and I loved it…but I had a daughter who was going to someone else’s house during the day.  I would get updates about her growth and funny things she had said or done and I thought, “How will I ever get to stay home to raise my kids?”  I wanted desperately to be a stay at home mom like my mom was for me.  But with a counselor and teacher salary (and a mortgage AND a ton of student loan debt), there was no way in the forseeable future that I would be able to.


Only God would make it possible this way, by fulfilling two dreams; living abroad AND staying home.

SO, I chose the name Makeshift Gypsies because it seemed to describe my daily life – I make things…a lot.  I’m almost constantly in the process of a project and I will always start at DIY before buying something.  In fact, I’m so bad because I don’t even follow a pattern or a recipe very well.  I’m constantly improvising (not always successfully, mind you) and my mantra is, “HOMEMADE IS BETTER!”

This makeshiftedness of me has exploded since living abroad (of course that would happen when I’m thousands of miles from the nearest Hobby Lobby…blerg).

I chose gypsies because I have always wanted to look like a gypsy (you know, a stereotypical, old timey, French gypsy, living in tents, wearing crazy layers with feathers in her hair and gold bangles).  In fact, I was a gypsy for like 4 years running for Halloween in my elementary years.  Also, my children kind of look like wild, gypsy kids, running naked in the yard, dancing with abandon, snergally hair trying desperately to dread up.  Plus, we move a round a lot (every 4-5 years), so there’s that reason.

So this is a blog about our gypsy traveling, my makeshift creations and our makeshift gypsy family!




2 thoughts on “About Us

  1. I LOVE it! And yes!!! WE MUST become friends immediately! We have too much in common not to! Also… have you ever heard of “Gypset Style”? It’s a book with fabulous photos that sounds a lot like the way you describe you! I copied this from the amazon description: “Gypsetters are artists, designers, and bon vivants who live and work around the globe. Wanderlust meets the height of sophistication” Sound like anyone you know??


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