Tara Livesay

The Remedy for the Pain is the Pain

by Tara Livesay on October 30, 2016

When I wake up in the morning I feel the consequence of my anger before I even swing my feet to the floor. My teeth ache from nighttime jaw clenching. Anger is my go-to emotion of late. Last week my children dressed up as four of the feelings/characters from the Disney movie Inside-Out.  Their choices […]

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Whistle Belly Thumps

by Tara Livesay on April 29, 2016

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 […]

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Rats As Reminders

by Tara Livesay on January 29, 2016

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In total, two rats have met their maker long before they hoped or imagined inside my home at the hands of Troy Livesay, semi-pro rat slayer. Both of the aforementioned rats were the unconscionable and  truly despicable variety that dare to come all the way upstairs in a people house.  <Gah!> On one occasion my […]

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On Avoiding The Resentment

by Tara Livesay on October 30, 2015

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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 […]

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Leaving Season Sale

by Tara Livesay on June 3, 2015

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Several years back Bart and Ursula Love sold their vehicles, packed up their middle-America household, and put things into a storage unit in order to move their family several thousand miles away to AlternateCultureVille. The Loves had the heart and desire to serve abroad. They prepared, they prayed, they went forward with a realistic outlook […]

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Creating Traditions Abroad

by Tara Livesay on December 8, 2014

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It may not be true for everyone reading, but many of us grew up celebrating Christmas in a certain way.  Part of the anticipation of the holiday season was wrapped up in the excitement of the traditions of the season. Growing up, my little nuclear family of four used to get the fondue pot out […]

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Four Things You Could Do

by Tara Livesay on September 1, 2014

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There is no shortage of  instructions on the interweb. In any given month it is quite likely you will be instructed on multiple topics.  The list could include:  Ten things not to say to your single friends Five things Christians should stop saying Ten things for a healthy marriage. Five reasons your teen is rebelling. […]

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Set Them On a Path

by Tara Livesay on August 1, 2014

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A friend recently wrote and shared this from Barbara Kingsolver, the author of the Poisonwood Bible: There was a quote in the author’s notes at the beginning that blew my doors off.  Barbara is thanking her parents for being good ones and lists a few traits she particularly values. She states the final thing she […]

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I have to Believe

by Tara Livesay on July 2, 2014

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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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One-Uppers

by Tara Livesay on June 2, 2014

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For some reason 2014 is the year that I cannot seem to formulate many serious or deep thoughts when discussing my “life overseas”.  I would like to believe it is simply “a season”, and not some major personality flaw. With a virus spreading like wild-fire, life in Haiti has been especially rough for the last […]

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Adventures in Awkward

by Tara Livesay on May 2, 2014

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 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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Say Less, Listen More, Love More

by Tara Livesay on April 2, 2014

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The world is a garish, noisy neighborhood. Decibels and pixels abound. The phone in my pocket spews more information in hours than I can assimilate in years. I’m reminded of my college speech prof who counseled tongue-in-cheek, “Shout louder if your argument is weak.” There’s a whole lot of shouting these days.  -My Uncle, Rick […]

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