Expat Family

Rats As Reminders

by Tara Livesay on January 29, 2016

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In total, two rats have met their maker long before they hoped or imagined inside my home at the hands of Troy Livesay, semi-pro rat slayer. Both of the aforementioned rats were the unconscionable and  truly despicable variety that dare to come all the way upstairs in a people house.  <Gah!> On one occasion my […]

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The Radical Spiritual Art of Staying Put

by Editor on January 8, 2016

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If any group of people has a long and convoluted history with evangelical church traditions, it’s missionary kids. Like pastor’s kids, the emotional baggage around church is piled higher than the lost luggage corner at the Johannesburg airport. We tend to camp out either around the “wounded/bitter/cynical” baggage claim belt, or the one labeled “guilt-ridden/never […]

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Rest. To Love.

by Jonathan Trotter on January 3, 2016

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I’m trying to practice what I preach. I’m trying to remember my own advice. Oh, and I’m trying to transition back to life in Cambodia after a few months in the States. So yeah, let me remind myself (and you too, if you’re still reading): Rest. To Love. You want to love people well? You […]

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Searching for Home

by Editor on December 22, 2015

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It’s hard to describe the turbulence of soul that comes from being on the move, always unsettled. You cannot be still and breathe deeply. You cannot love the wild-growing front-lawn tulips too much, or the way the sunlight turns the living room into a golden elven forest in the afternoon. They will soon be gone. […]

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“Your husband is gone again!? Wow, he’s gone all the time.” When a friend told me this I paused, “Really?” Was he travelling too much? Were we being reckless and affecting our children in negative ways? How much is too much, anyways? Living overseas comes with a lot of unique lifestyle changes. One of them, […]

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The Anchor and The Hurricane

by Anisha Hopkinson on November 8, 2015

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I’m a dreamer. I know it’s not really possible for me to save the world, but I still dream about it all the time. I’m a great starter. Full of passion and can-do spirit, I dive right in. Don’t try to warn or reason with me, the risks don’t really mean much. My husband is […]

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Ask a Counselor: what about child abuse?

by Kay Bruner on November 3, 2015

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  A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from a young teacher at a missionary-run school.  She was hearing from local children attending the school about abuse they were suffering by their parents at home.  One of the older children had written detailed reports of the abuse, and even had photographic evidence. When […]

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Same Same, Thankfully

by Editor on November 3, 2015

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As I am in the middle of wading through culture shock,  I am so thankful for things that seem to transcend time zones and culture. Things that I know are the same no matter where I am or who I’m with or what language I’m (kind of) speaking. Like the normal, everyday things that make […]

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On Avoiding The Resentment

by Tara Livesay on October 30, 2015

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News Flash:  There aren’t any news flashes in this post, but there are some things we all tend to do over and over again that get us in trouble.  I decided maybe that means we (I) need to keep talking about it. * * * There is just something about the life overseas that creates […]

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Uncomfortable Unknowns with Young’uns

by Richelle Wright on October 28, 2015

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I wrote the original version of these words just over five years ago, in September 2010. Five years later, I could still be writing these words – it doesn’t feel like much has changed at all. And yet, our children have gotten older, it seems like the stakes are higher… everything has changed and just keeps on changing […]

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How to Help TCKs Manage Probing Questions

by Editor on October 22, 2015

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Children think in concrete, specific terms: black and white, true and false. As parents, we train them to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” What could be wrong with that? I don’t want to raise liars, and I’m sure you don’t either. But sometimes, when you live overseas, the whole […]

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What Is a Bridge but a Paradox?

by Craig Thompson on October 20, 2015

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What do you see when you see a dock? A place for studying the horizon? For dipping a toe in the water? For casting off? Or a place for lowering your sails? For stepping onto dry land? For coming ashore? Is it a place for setting out or coming back? Much depends on the compass of your heart. If for […]

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