Anisha Hopkinson

Life in 4 Suitcases, 22 Kilos Each

by Anisha Hopkinson on March 14, 2018

Last night I dreamt our visa paperwork came through and when I woke in the morning packing panic woke too. Imagine with me: You have to figure out how to fit your family’s current and 1.5years of future life into 4 suitcases, 22kilos each. Why don’t we just buy what we need when we get […]


Where Love Leads

by Anisha Hopkinson on February 12, 2018

Four years ago my husband and I moved our family to Indonesia. We’d spent the previous decade studying and working to gain the experience needed to serve in a highly skilled capacity overseas. Just when we paid off all our debt and actually started making nice salaries with great benefits, we left and began living […]


40 Ways to Build Community Overseas

by Anisha Hopkinson on December 12, 2017

Community: When it’s good, it’s so good! When it’s bad, it’ll knock the stuffing out of you. Trust me, I’ve been a part of both. Moving overseas, this longing for good community seemed to increase a hundred fold in me. It’s so easy to feel isolated and alone even if we really aren’t. In my […]


Managing Stress Overseas

by Anisha Hopkinson on November 12, 2017

Moving overseas, I thought trusting Jesus and obeying what he asked me to do would get me through thick and thin. I’d been through some major tough stressy stuff in my pre-overseas life, and leaning hard into my bible study and prayer led me through. So I should be good, right? I’d like to give […]


The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

by Anisha Hopkinson on October 13, 2017

One of my favourite stories of all time is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. If you haven’t read it, you really should! This post is written with thankfulness to Judith Viorst, the author of Alexander’s bad day, who taught me many years ago that, “Some days are like that”. The […]


Furlough (for the uninitiated)

by Anisha Hopkinson on August 14, 2017

After three years serving overseas, our agency asks personnel to take a 6 month furlough to reconnect with supporters, spend time with loved ones, and decompress. As we geared up for spending half a year jobless and living out of suitcases in other peoples’ houses I wondered: Will we even survive? Yes, change and transition […]


Living the Dream

by Anisha Hopkinson on July 14, 2017

By all accounts — we’ve made it. Our decade long dreams are today’s reality. My husband’s dream of flying helicopters in mission aviation is his actual job. My dream of stay-at-home mommying and writing biographies is my everyday life. Our together dream of living in a foreign country found us setting up home in Indonesia. […]


Debriefing: Do I need it?

by Anisha Hopkinson on June 14, 2017

My husband and I didn’t know if we needed debriefing, we just knew we needed help. By the end of our first term we were worn out, angry all the time, and felt like our emotional buffers were paper thin. It didn’t take much to send us from seemingly content to all guns blazing. I’d […]


How to Talk to People

by Anisha Hopkinson on April 14, 2017

In the first week at my new high school I dumped an entire bowl of chili on my lap. For a shy kid who didn’t know anyone, this was devastatingly embarrassing. After the chili incident, I resolved to never ever under any circumstances enter the cafeteria again. Through the rest of high school I ate […]

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Hard Truths

by Anisha Hopkinson on March 12, 2017

At a recent ladies’ retreat the speaker asked, “What are the hardest truths to believe about God?” Before moving overseas, I thought I had a pretty good handle on Christianity. If you’d asked me about hard truths just 3 years ago, I might answer: Um, interpreting the book of Revelation? Moving overseas complicated a lot […]


My Pre-Furlough Mind

by Anisha Hopkinson on February 7, 2017

In 32 days, it’s furlough time! After 3 years serving overseas, we’re heading back for 6 months. We are completely and ridiculously over the moon excited. My son keeps asking if we can go straight from the airport to the mall. The other day my husband sighed, “Right now I just want to be sitting […]


The Measure of Success

by Anisha Hopkinson on January 12, 2017

The year I failed algebra for paying more attention to boys than the teacher, mom and dad grounded me for the entire summer. Freedom on one condition: I had to take algebra summer school and achieve an A in the class. I worked my rear end off. I puzzled out each equation in the math […]

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