Expat Family

Embracing Life From the Second Row

by Editor on June 20, 2018

by Kris Gnuse I was not just upset;  I was upset with myself for being upset. After years of “maybe someday,” I had finally auditioned for worship choir. Kick your thoughts of robes and high sopranos to the curb. This group was cool. I stepped onto the risers that first Sunday, trembly with nerves. My heart was full […]

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Third Culture Kids, College, and Culture Shock

by Rachel Pieh Jones on June 18, 2018

This year two of my three Third Culture Kids are graduating. Last year, we went on college tours in Minnesota and Wisconsin. We observed some, um, interesting cultural things. Our observations were specific to the Midwest and our perspective comes from 16 years in the Horn of Africa. But, they just might help you with […]

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Accompanying Spouse Job Description

by Anisha Hopkinson on June 12, 2018

I used to have a job description. I had hours, and a lunch break, and yearly goals. I knew what was expected of me and someone paid me to do it. Then I moved overseas as an accompanying spouse. “What will you do when you move overseas?” people would ask. As an accompanying spouse without […]

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Death is right around the corner. So live!

by Jonathan Trotter on May 31, 2018

I’ve always thought like this. I’ve always believed my life was going to be very short. Nearly every time I publish an article or preach a sermon, I think, “Well, I said it, I guess I can die now.” I don’t have a desire to die, it’s just that I live with a gut-level realization […]

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Dr. Anna Hampton, along with her husband, Neal, have lived and worked for nearly 20 years in war-torn Islamic countries. This includes almost 10 years in Afghanistan, where they started raising their three children. Their experiences led Anna to write Facing Danger: A Guide through Risk (Zendagi, 2016), which is based on her doctoral dissertation at Trinity Theological […]

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In 2016 my friend Tanya Crossman published her book Misunderstood: The Impact of Growing Up Overseas in the 21st Century. Tanya worked with Third Culture Kids in Beijing for over a decade before writing her book, and I greatly value her insight into the hearts of TCKs today. I’m passionate about homeschooling my four TCKs, so […]

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To My Adult TCK Self: I See You

by Editor on May 19, 2018

by Rachel Hicks When you’ve spent your whole life as a cultural chameleon, you end up not knowing what color you were when you started, who you might have been had you been from someplace, what it feels like to belong fully to a people, a tribe, a neighborhood, a city. What it feels like […]

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Finding Home: Third Culture Kids in the World

by Rachel Pieh Jones on May 18, 2018

What a season of books for A Life Overseas! I loved seeing Amy Young’s post earlier this week about All the News That’s Fit to Tell. And Elizabeth Trotter released a book recently as well, Hats. Such a privilege to write alongside these wise and creative people. Definitely check out their books! And I’ve got […]

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I Might Be Amish

by Jerry Jones on April 23, 2018

I felt strangely Amish today . . . in a bizarre, science fiction, alternate universe, I live in China where there are no Amish people kind of way.  From now on I will be blogging by candlelight. I grew up in a part of America that we call the Midwest.  Actually, if you look at a […]

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Parents, Call Out the Beauty

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 18, 2018

I don’t know if there are studies about this or if it is purely anecdotal, but I have heard over and over that how kids respond to a life overseas is directly related to how parents, especially moms, respond to it. No pressure, moms. Seriously, no pressure. All is Grace. But also, seriously, how ya […]

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Adopting While Living Overseas

by Anisha Hopkinson on April 13, 2018

We did something I thought was impossible. We adopted a child while living overseas. Adoption has been on my heart for years. Even before we were married I shared with my husband my dream of building a family entirely through adoption. In 2012 we adopted our son from the US foster care system and a […]

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10 Questions to Routinely Ask Your TCKs

by Editor on April 11, 2018

by Lauren Wells It is important for parents raising children anywhere to be continually engaging and checking in with their kids. When you are raising TCKs, this is even more important. TCKs are privy to struggles that mono-cultural children don’t often have to face, so being aware of that and taking time to routinely ask […]

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