Angie Washington

31 Flavors of Foreigners

by Angie Washington on February 4, 2014

Next Door Neighbors

What’s your favorite ice-cream? Baskin Robbins’ 31 flavors of ice-cream are fairly well known in the States. They’ve added some more flavors, but they founded their fame on the great number 31. My 1st choice is Rainbow Sherbet. So yum! This is a get-to-know-you post! Let’s take it a little deeper than ice-cream preference, though, […]

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Sink and a Dolphin Will Catch You

by Angie Washington on January 7, 2014

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Though pixilated, I can see she is attentive. Her words come through clearly, even if the imaged is delayed. Our weekly Skype sessions have been a lifesaver during a very desperate time in my life. If you would have told me a year ago I would be seeing a counselor I would have rebuked you […]

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Airplanes are Time Machines

by Angie Washington on November 26, 2013

Yang Liu

We joke that airplanes are time machines. When we come back to South America from North America it feels as though we step back in time. The clinics feel outdated. The cows on cobblestone streets look like the pioneer days in the movies. The open fires in homes and restaurants tended by women in skirts […]

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To My 25-year-old Self…

by Angie Washington on October 25, 2013

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Hey there, you. Yes, you with the big dreams and full schedule. Yes, you getting ready to embark on the greatest mission of your life. Can I have a minute? I know you have laundry to do, support letters to mail, and noses to wipe, but if I may? First of all, let me assure […]

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Ice-Cream Theology

by Angie Washington on September 30, 2013

ice cream at frozz

Statistics show that the majority of people die.  This is an undisputed fact. Yet fear of death is one of the top phobias of the human race. According to Jerry Seinfeld it ranks right after fear of public speaking. Consult with wikipedia and you will find fear of death a bit farther down on the […]

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Banished from Bolivia

by Angie Washington on September 4, 2013

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We messed up. Most times I want to end that sentence with a question mark. We messed up? Truth is, we all mess up, sooner or later. Thomas Edison – scores of failures before the light bulb Abraham Lincoln – lost dozens of elections Albert Einstein – expelled from school because he was a dunce […]

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Celebrate and Vacate

by Angie Washington on August 12, 2013

Washington kids (Gabrielle is in the middle)

Today is my daughter’s Golden Birthday: 12 on the 12th! Yeah for Gabrielle! So today’s A Life Overseas post is dedicated to celebrations… and vacations! Celebrate the small stuff! Celebrate the big stuff! Don’t let the work take up so much room that you “don’t have (make) time” for: celebrations, travel, relaxing, fun, vacations, parties… […]

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Who’s Side is God On?

by Angie Washington on July 8, 2013

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In Iquique, Chile, at the fishing port you can feed the sea lions seafood scraps as you would feed bread crumbs to pigeons. They swim around the crowded fishing boats bobbing by the docks. Per sea faring legend each boat has a name painted to its side. One of the names caught my eye: EMANUEL. […]

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My Kid Can Cuss in Two Languages

by Angie Washington on June 24, 2013

When the new normal cuts against your soul like a cheese grater on your knuckles, what do you do? Do you lift those bloody knuckles and fight back? Or do you woefully bandage them, let them heal, and wait for the next time the scraping starts again? We live in Bolivia. We are a bi-lingual […]

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Fundraising

by Angie Washington on May 29, 2013

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The summer heat of Oklahoma turned our dingy, grey duplex into an oven. I shuffled papers around, crouched over my bulging belly on the crusty, rust colored shag carpet. Expectancy within, the birth of our third child. Expectancy all around, our impending move to Bolivia. The two events would occur in the fall, just weeks […]

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Fair Expectations

by Angie Washington on April 22, 2013

We sat in the booth at a sandwich shop. By divine serendipity our paths crossed on “home” soil. She was back from Africa and I was up from South America. As we picked at our oversize, overpriced deliciousness stories poured out. “Things are so rough in the village. The ladies tell me I need to […]

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Missionary Motivators

by Angie Washington on March 20, 2013

Why are you a missionary? What motivated you to live a life of challenge, adventure, and sacrifice? How did you make the decision to serve in such an intense capacity? We have lived in Bolivia for over 11 years. From the time I was seven I knew I would live outside the U.S. for most […]

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