Expat Family

Yesterday was my 30th wedding anniversary. My husband and I met back to back at an Indian restaurant on Devon Street in Chicago. He was a cute grad student at the University of Illinois. I was a cute nurse newly deported from Pakistan. A week later I said to someone “I think I’m going to [...]

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7 Things You “Need” Before You Move Overseas

by Laura Parker on July 9, 2014

I don’t know what it is about me (or us?), but every time I gear up to go live or travel to a different country for an extended period of time, I start scouring Amazon Prime. It doesn’t matter if the place I’m going to serve is a third world country, I somehow feel like [...]

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I have to Believe

by Tara Livesay on July 2, 2014

Sunday … The chaos begins shortly before 7am. Clothing, hair, and breakfast all seem to be reasons for little ones to fight. By the time we leave the house we’ve traded terse words over things of little consequence. We load up the kids, three crammed in back, three in the middle with whichever guest is [...]

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Rethinking Witness

by Editor on June 25, 2014

Rarely does the faith of a missionary kid look exactly the same as their parents.  While the journey  begins and is rooted in the faith and calling of our parents, it grows and is sustained through our own decisions of faith. In today’s guest post we hear from a third culture kid/missionary kid and her journey [...]

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Living the Expat Life

by Richelle Wright on June 20, 2014

It feels normal and strange all at once – but that’s to be expected. I have been back in my home country for nearly a year… Another year to go before we head back into the expat life and scene. The routines here are finally comfortably familiar, again! I’m still loving all the things I love [...]

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3 Ways to Care for the Heart of Your Missionary Kid

by Jonathan Trotter on June 15, 2014

Yesterday, we talked broadly about caring for the heart of your TCK. If you missed it, you can find it here. Today, we’re looking at the unique subset of TCKs known as Missionary Kids. I thought I was done with youth ministry. I thought I’d move to Cambodia, be a “real missionary” (whatever that is) [...]

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3 Ways to Care for the Heart of Your Third Culture Kid

by Jonathan Trotter on June 14, 2014

Jesus loves Third Culture Kids. He knows their needs and he hears their hearts’ cries. He can tell the difference between normal teen angst and deep emotional pain. He feels their searching and longing for home, and he cares. Jesus knows the right thing to say at the right time, all the time. As parents, [...]

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When Friends Do the Next Right Thing

by Elizabeth Trotter on May 29, 2014

What do we do when the people we love do the next right thing? What if that next right thing leads them away from us? When we say yes to God, we must often say no to the places we already know. And when God leads us overseas, we enter a communal life that is punctuated by [...]

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We welcome my “neighbor” Sarah Goodfellow, who lives in Peru (I am in Bolivia), as our contributor today. I am so very excited that there are now two regular writers from South America on the team for A Life Overseas. Yeah! Learn more about Sarah on the Writers Page. Even if you do not have [...]

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of dust and criticism

by Richelle Wright on May 21, 2014

Living on the back side of the Sahara Desert for 13 years, I became intimately acquainted with dust. Keeping desert dust from simply moving in and taking over the house? Well, I jokingly (sorta) say that THAT was my full time job. Or battle. If I stick with the battle metaphor, it was one I [...]

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Adventures in Awkward

by Tara Livesay on May 2, 2014

 A little humor for your weekend… Disclaimer: If you struggle with prim and properness to the point of easily offended you should not read this post.  There are words that are used to describe human bodies. One day my husband, Troy, declared that his “life had become far too weird for description.” I beg to [...]

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I’ve been watching parents in the international community say goodbye to their graduating seniors for a while now. I’ve been watching the seniors themselves say goodbye to their friends – fellow third culture kids like themselves. Watching these parental goodbyes feels like a knife in my chest. I have to stop myself from thinking about it just so I [...]

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