Expat Family

Do you need “A Year Of Awesome”?

by Lisa McKay on May 30, 2016

Do you need a...

A couple of years ago now, I read Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Following the great success of his memoir Blue Like Jazz, Miller slumped into something akin to a low-grade depression. When two producers proposed turning Jazz into a movie, Miller discovered that his life didn’t actually bear any resemblance […]

{ 4 comments }

13296061_10207991468477588_1266790338_na

Dear Parents of MKs, Hello. It’s me, an MK. I write this on behalf of other MKs who haven’t found their voices yet, who are still in the midst of constant transition, who haven’t sorted through the confusing and complex joys and sorrows that come with growing up MK. I write this on behalf of my […]

{ 30 comments }

TCKs and Failure

(revised from the original Who Wants Failure? on Djibouti Jones, written at the end of a year in Minnesota during which my husband worked on his PhD in Education Development) I opened the letter from my daughter’s first grade teacher and read it. “Crap.” I wrinkled it into a tight ball, threw it in the […]

{ 2 comments }

3 Ways to Care for the Heart of Your Wife

by Jonathan Trotter on May 4, 2016

photo-1428189923803-e9801d464d76a (Large)

Marriage can really be a drain on missions. Marriage on the field can be a constant source of distraction, discouragement, and pain. But I hope it’s not. I’ve written before about marriage and its purpose, but today I’d like to take a step back and speak directly to husbands: my brothers. This advice is carefully […]

{ 7 comments }

I’m a missionary. Can I be a mom too?

by Editor on May 2, 2016

beach1

I balanced a plate of rice in one hand and a plate of curried meat and vegetables in the other. I was tackling the dinner line at a missionary retreat, gathering food for the whole family while my husband settled the kids at a table. The man in front of me introduced himself and we […]

{ 27 comments }

Whistle Belly Thumps

by Tara Livesay on April 29, 2016

IMG_7915

One after the other after the other – after.the.other … The people, both large and small, that reside in my home, clenched their buttocks with superhuman strength and ran in desperation for the latrine. What began as one person with some loose stool for a single unremarkable day, somehow turned into a three-week multi-generational back-door […]

{ 23 comments }

Let me tell you about Kassiah Jones

by Elizabeth Trotter on April 25, 2016

ants-1169349_960_720a

This month my husband and I took our kids to the local home school co-op’s spring performance. Some of our friends were in the play. It was called “The Race” and was an original play based loosely on the story of “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Every character in this play was modeled after an […]

{ 0 comments }

8 Ways for Expats Who Stay to Stay Well

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 17, 2016

Staying Well

Before you move abroad there are orientation meetings and cross cultural trainings and seminars and books to read and lists to check off and personality tests to pass and character examinations. When you decide it is time to repatriate back to the ‘home country’ there are debriefs and readjustment seminars and repatriating coaches and Third […]

{ 8 comments }

About Those Expats

by Anisha Hopkinson on April 12, 2016

flags

Before we start, I’ll own the fact that I’m writing from my personal/American perspective. So if you’ve got something to add, please do. We’ll all benefit. I very much liked my Dutch roommate, right up until we had to decide where to hang a set of shelves. She wanted them on the outside of the […]

{ 10 comments }

Missions in a Conflict Zone

by Editor on April 11, 2016

bombed-932108_960_720a

A year and a half ago our family lived through another war.  For over a month there were missile attacks launched against most of the country, with violence and terrorism in the city where we live. Practically speaking, this meant trips to the bomb shelter with our kids, avoiding certain parts of the city, and […]

{ 2 comments }

Infidelity on the Mission Field

by Editor on March 31, 2016

wedding-1149219_960_720a

Standing at the kitchen counter, drying dishes with a towel and wiping the sweat from my neck, I knew it was finally time to come clean to my husband. “I have been attracted to him for months.” And I wasn’t talking about my husband. He looked at me, without much surprise, and said, “I think […]

{ 4 comments }

Nothing short of marvelous

by Richelle Wright on March 30, 2016

IMG_0967

“It occurs to me that the peculiarity of most things we think of as fragile is how tough they truly are. There were tricks we did with eggs, as children, to show how they were, in reality, tiny load-bearing marble halls; while the beat of the wings of a butterfly in the right place, we […]

{ 25 comments }