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 with the tension between her and her husband around opportunities brought on by privilege.   Michelle shares eye-opening experiences dealing with immigration around the world as a couple with two different passports.  Sure, there are challenges to cross-cultural marriage, but Michelle is convinced with hard-work, communication, grace and understanding that the marriage of two cultures can work beautifully.  

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If you would like to keep up with Michelle, there are a few ways to do that:

Check her out on Instagram.
Follow her on Facebook.
See what she tweets.
Go read her blog, Simply Complicated (and find the other ways you can be in touch with her).

If hearing Michelle talk about Guatemala made you wish you could just get a peek into her life, you’re in luck! She shared a day in her life with us during our 31-day series, This Global Life. You can check it out here.

On our “Favorite Things” Segment we talked about ideas for connecting with family while living abroad. 

Apps Mentioned on this podcast:

Whats App– With WhatsApp, you’ll get fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free*, available on phones all over the world.  Great for groups and messages.  Denise, Alicia and Melissa use this a lot.

Viber – We connect people, no matter who they are or where they are from.  Make calls, send messages and much more – freely and securely.

Voxer– Push a button, talk and connect instantly with your team.

Cloud Pets– Stuffed animal toy that can record and send messages using the CloudPets App from anywhere in the world.

Marco Polo–  A face-to-face messaging app for one-to-one and group conversations—bringing family and friends closer than ever with genuine conversations and moments shared.

Life Cake– A private place for families. Share your child’s photos and videos with loved ones. And no one else.

Touch Note– Send real postcards and more straight from your phone, tablet or desktop and brighten someone’s day.

Also, mentioned were Recordable Hallmark Books.  There are so many options for family to send.

Another great tip from Sea and Savor is she schedules FaceTime chats with an individual kid with a family member about a certain subject. 

Find this picture on our Instagram to find out more about fostering communication with folks back in our passport country.

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