Loving Well Long Distance: Family Relationships

While our family waited at the gate to board our flight to Slovakia, my younger sister told me she thought she might be pregnant with her first (turns out, it was her first and second). My older sister told me via Skype a few months later that she, too, was pregnant. Over that year, both … Read more…

Loving Well Long-Distance: The Romantic Relationship

There are so many new people to meet and things to learn (like a language…or even an alphabet…) when you move overseas, your relationships back home can start to slip. We’ve got a simple three-part guide for keeping those important long-distance relationships thriving during separation, focusing on significant others, family, and friends. First up: your … Read more…

Hospitality and the International Table

I’ve had the privilege of welcoming friends from a dozen or so different countries to my table. Not all at once, of course, but frequently there’s a mix of cultures reflected in the faces gathered for that oldest of traditions—breaking bread together. (Or slurping soup. Munching salad. Sharing stir-fry. Devouring muffins.) I love the way the blend … Read more…

Raising Little Travelers (and one reason you may not want to)

Our oldest two children have each spent time in almost 20 different countries. They’re five and three. And granted, they’re still young, so I don’t know what kind of travelers they’ll be as teenagers. But I can tell you that the seeds of wanderlust and adventure-love have been sown. We’re back stateside for the next … Read more…