Expat Family


“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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Same Same, Thankfully

by Editor on November 3, 2015


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 […]


On Avoiding The Resentment

by Tara Livesay on October 30, 2015


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 […]


Uncomfortable Unknowns with Young’uns

by Richelle Wright on October 28, 2015


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 […]


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 […]


What Is a Bridge but a Paradox?

by Craig Thompson on October 20, 2015


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 […]


10 Questions Missionary Kids Dread

by Editor on October 18, 2015

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Ever talked to an MK before? Did you wonder why we looked a little lost? Why we tend to give people confused looks all of the time? Yeah. As an MK myself, I can say with confidence: we’re an odd bunch. Guilty as charged! But there’s more to the story than you might think. You […]


6 Reasons Furloughs are Awesome (sort of)

by Jonathan Trotter on October 6, 2015


6. A furlough is one of the best “weight-gain” plans out there. It’s sort of like pregnancy, but with furlough, the cravings occur every-mester. During furlough, scales become toxic and should be avoided at all cost. No worries, though, ’cause if you’re wondering whether or not you’ve gained weight, just get back on the plane and return […]


Ask a counselor: how do we process loss and grief?

by Kay Bruner on October 3, 2015


A couple of months ago, I put out a call on our Facebook page for new questions for the “Ask a Counselor” column, and I got a whole slew of TCK questions.  To those questions, there is pretty much one answer. What’s the most common reason that adult TCKs seek counseling? Unresolved loss and grief. […]


The Far Side of Somewhere

by Elizabeth Trotter on September 21, 2015


I remember my first home service. All those awkward experiences like drinking water from the tap and flushing the toilet with potable water again. Or feeling naked and exposed with no metal security bars on the windows. Or handing payment to cashiers with two hands (like I do in Cambodia) and then being embarrassed, because […]