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Christmas Traditions that Travel

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Last weekend, as we unpacked our Christmas tree and decorations, we found that something was missing—or maybe I should say, Someone. Like baby Jesus. Plus Mary and Joseph. Our beautiful nativity set made the overseas move in great condition…but apparently the holy family missed the boat. We ended up taking a stand-alone Mary, Joseph, and […]

Overseas and Pregnant. Help!

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I always envisioned myself peeing in a porcelain toilet to confirm my first pregnancy, but there I was squatting over a hole in the ground. Not knowing where else to go, I went to the local hospital in Mekelle, Ethiopia to get a pregnancy test. I waited next to 15 other local women in a […]

Episode 12: Navigating Cross-Cultural Marriage with Michelle Acker Perez

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Living Abroad can challenge any marriage.  When married cross-culturally those challenges quadruple.  Michelle Acker Perez candidly shares about life overseas and experiences of be Guatemala and the joy and difficulties of cross-cultural marriage.  We covered a wide range of topics with Michelle including navigating uncomfortable situations within each others home cultures, sorting out family dynamics, and dealing […]

Get After Grateful: The Expat Edition

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”If I lived here, it would be so hard to find something wrong with this place,” I announced to my husband as we walked through a beautiful grocery store in a neighboring country. I walked by all the the things I normally couldn’t find in our host country: pork, deli meat, bagels, Life cereal. And […]

Episode 11: Holding Loosely to Our Plans with Allie Riddle

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It’s always good to have a plan. That’s the responsible thing to do, after all. Unfortunately, there’s never any guarantee things will go according to plan — and this is when our flexibility as expats is tested. Whether it’s a sudden change of documents needed at the immigration office or political unrest that necessitates immediate […]

Four Weddings and a Funeral

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I am named after my grandma Joy who passed away recently. I wasn’t there to say goodbye to her. I wasn’t at her funeral. And it was all so terribly wrong and unnatural. It was so wrong that I didn’t get to hold my grandma’s hand one last time. It was so wrong that I […]