Our First Christmas Overseas

I didn’t even have one Christmas ornament. We didn’t have a tree or stockings or anything even resembling a manger scene. We lived in an area that did not celebrate Christmas, and did not have any stores that sold Christmas stuff. It was a pretty dismal year. We had to use pillowcases for our kid’s … Read more…

When Dreams and Reality Don’t Add Up

We first arrived in Southeast Asia five months after the destructive tsunami of 2004. My husband was leading our family on an adventure and I was excited about it. We were going to live on a base camp with our children and receive volunteers who were flooding into the affected areas. These volunteers were going … Read more…

Tip #6: Always turn on the light when going to the bathroom at night

When we first arrived in language school in our new country, I was in the habit of going to the bathroom in the dark if it was the middle of the night. If I turned on the light I would become too awake and not be able to go back to sleep. I especially needed … Read more…

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 … Read more…