Category Archives: Living Overseas

Growing a Garden and Seeing Potential

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I found my spot. The one to sit at for hours while the kids are at preschool and I need to get work done. This one is a little outdoor seating area of a local grocery store. It’s surrounded by planters of greenery, boxwood, begonias, and hanging ivy. It’s a cool, drizzly kind of day—summer’s […]

The Support System

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If anyone ever had a support system, it was this mom, in the mountains of India. When we decided to stay and seek emotional, mental health in the midst of life and work overseas, we knew something would have to change. It wasn’t one thing. It was a hundred little things that made the difference.

Living What We Value: Minimalism and Faith

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We arrived at my parents and will stay two nights before moving into our own place nearby. For 24 hours of travel from Delhi through Newark, Chicago, and then into Missouri, amid all the hectic luggage shifting and child-caring, I couldn’t stop thinking about our 2 hour wait with too many bags stuffed full of […]

Moving Saga, Day 5

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The husband is hiding under a mound of covers managing to doze while the kids turn the hotel room into a disarray of rubble and toys. They’re having a blast and don’t seem at all deterred by our completely insane day yesterday. But we’re all relieved to have it over with and be to recovering […]

Moving Saga, Day 3

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Yesterday at 10am sharp there were a bunch of ladies vying for my stuff, snatching kitchen utensils and baby clothes and blankets. They all knew someone who could use the things and I was glad we could give them.  I had about 5 laundry baskets worth of things and they were all gone– the room […]

Moving Saga, Day 2

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I missed a day in India but I’m writing just in time in America, before the end of the 4th day! Ha! This blogging-every-day during a move is a wonderful and terrible idea. It’s like taking 30 minutes out to write every day the month of your wedding… or graduation… but with two kids and spanning […]

Moving Saga, Day 1

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Now that I’ve publicly committed to blogging every day this month (and I agreed to do it with my equally-competitive friend, Gina, which gives me extra motivation), I know there’s no getting out of it. I fear this is going to result in a lot of messy, sleep-deprived ramblings in which my not-so-neat-and-tidy mindset is […]

Lessons for Overseas Living

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Sometimes we have choices, and sometimes we don’t. When we moved to a small Himalayan town with two rentals available (that’s right, we could only find TWO in the entire town), I really wrestled with a contentment conundrum. contentment conundrum: (adj.) when you know you should be content, but you are not. I’m a problem-solver, […]