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Enjoying Fall When You are Far From Home: Part 1

Making our home feel like the holidays has always been important to me. September rolls around and my kids are begging…”Can we decorate? Can we make cookies?” I revisit my Pinterest board for everything pumpkin and apple and I beg my barista to make me a Pumpkin Spice Latte (still, not available on this side […]

7 Dry Mixes in 30 Minutes

Yesterday on Facebook a friend who is about to come back overseas posed this question: “I’m packing and doing last minute shopping; remind me what I need to bring back.”  So, of course we all started throwing out our suggestions and favorite items to stuff into the trusty black foot locker.  But by far the most […]

Not Just About a Bike

I’ve noticed a pattern with T, my 8 year old. Lately whenever he goes outside to ride his bike, he would only be out for a few moment before he was back in again. A quick peek out the window would tell me why. Another boy was riding his bike. Always, the same child. I […]

Wherever He Is

I just sent my girl back to boarding school. We had a fun girl’s weekend in Singapore…lots of laughing and talking and shopping. It was an unexpected surprise. I had a medical visit scheduled on a three day weekend for her. So we scrambled and met in Singapore. It was a memory0-maker for sure. We […]

Crying Over Cookies

“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

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

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

  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 […]