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Four Weddings and a Funeral

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 […]

Where There IS a Doctor, But You Don’t Trust Him

“Are you taking any vitamins,” the doctor asked me as we sat at his desk. I reached down to my purse and pulled out my value size bottle of prenatal vitamins. The label featured the pink silhouette of curvy pregnant lady. “Yes, here’s what I’m taking,” I reassured him as I placed it on his […]

It’s Tea Time Somewhere : “All About Home Assignments”

It’s time for another segment of “It’s Tea Time Somewhere!” This time we’re talking home assignments. What does our preparation look like? How bad is the jet lag? (Spoiler alert: real bad.) What does life look like when we’re finally back to our home country? These are just a few of the things Denise, Alicia, […]

Episode 10: The Trade-Offs of Expat Life with Elizabeth

The longer you live overseas, the harder it is to answer the question, “which country do you like best?” While culture shock usually brings all the things you don’t love about a country to the surface, longevity ends up showing you things about the culture you wish you could take with you everywhere you go. […]

The College Essay I Should Have Written

When I was 14 my family moved “home” from France. We moved to Michigan, a state I’d never been to before. We’d been overseas for two years, after living most of my life in Virginia. But to most people, being stateside at all meant we were home. Sometimes, when TCKs come “home” they meet other […]

Episode 09: Making Time for New Adventures with Sara Beth

Sometimes we don’t think we “have the time” to embark on anything new. No time for exercise, no time for writing, no time to start a new hobby (or pick an old one back up). The idea seems dreamy but you’re convinced your schedule is simply too packed to add anything else. Sara Beth certainly […]

Episode 08: Taking the Extra Few Steps with Jana Kelley

Isn’t it funny how sometimes we struggle with going the extra few steps to meet our neighbor, even though we’ve already taken thousands of steps to move overseas in the first place? We’ve already sold all our possessions, moved away from all that’s familiar, and immersed ourselves into a new culture and language. So what […]

Episode 07: Homeschooling Through High School with Robin Talley

Any high schooler would choose boarding school over homeschooling, right?  Not necessarily.  Robin Talley discusses how, as a family, they talked through educational choices and how they decided to homeschool through high school (even though they live in a remote area without traditional American opportunities).  Robin talks to us about overcoming doubt during hard times, […]