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Crying Over Cookies

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“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7  “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22 Pink, blue, green, yellow, orange, red and white. Seven bags of squishy icing. Four dozen sugar cookies. Hours of designs. And I […]

How to Pack the Perfect Care Package

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One thing I miss about the States is my mailbox.  There is something magical about opening up a little black door and having a handful of letters (okay mostly junk mail, but still) with your name on it.  I don’t have a mailbox in my host country.  But, every now and then, a man on […]

I See You: A Letter to the Overseas Mom

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In the overseas life, the Mom can go unnoticed. She rarely travels to meetings or is given pats on the back. Many times she is not included in strategy or planning. She keeps the home running and anchored, uncomplaining in her tasks.  She may wonder if anyone sees the work and effort she puts in […]

One Hour Yeast Rolls

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  I am asked regularly if my kids eat rice. Yes, my kids  eat rice.  Yes, they eat it almost everyday.  Folks around here  are often surprised by this information because they are under the impression that we, Americans, eat nothing but bread and cheese.  And as much as I wish that was true, it […]

10 Handy IKEA Purchases That Fit in a Suitcase

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Strangely enough, my first trip to an IKEA didn’t happen until we moved overseas. My mom claims she took me with her to get some stuff for my younger sister back in the day, but I don’t recall it. I don’t know what took me so long to walk through the doors of that magical […]

Generous to a Fault

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Last week my neighbor came over for a visit. She stayed and helped me do dishes and cook, then we chatted. It was such an enjoyable time. I finally had made a friend. We have lived in our new city for 6 months and this was the first time anyone has come over and spent […]

Who’s Afraid of a Special Diet?

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Cooking can be a very intimidating task whenever you move overseas. Whether it’s using a gas stove/oven, substituting something for every recipe, shopping in 3 different places for the ingredients of one meal, or cooking in a kitchen without AC, we all have our stressful cooking moments.  For Robin, things got pretty intimidating when a special […]

Southwest Beef Soup

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When I go to the market I always ask for haas dalam, which translates filet mignon.  Even though I usually purchase filet, the tenderness of our beef is really hit or miss.  This is a great recipe to whip up if you are unsure of the quality of the meat.  You can start it in the morning […]