Mornings in India are communal, with the vast majority of society outside with the sunrise, hand-washing clothes, bathing at neighborhood taps, and brushing teeth on their front stoop. Even in prestigious neighborhoods in mega cities, the road will be filled with walkers, joggers, women outside watering flowers and men sitting, sipping their chai. And because […]
A friend interviewed me today for her website, and asked me about my last three years (spent living in India). I told her about God’s personal promise to give me “a garden, in this place” in Feb 2016. It has proved to be a defining moment in my journey, so I decided to repost this […]
I happened upon this half-written entry from 2015, and the complex nature of cross-cultural motherhood struck me again. This is my challenge to connect across barriers and differences- to share together as mothers in the joys and suffering of today. *** I stepped into the mountain hospital to get my tummy checked– in Hindi they […]
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.
Today made up for yesterday in the enjoyable, lucid moments with friends where it was just normal and we could be fully present. It was full. I’m exhausted, but since I’ve been exhausted nonstop for about a month, I’m no longer deterred by my exhaustion. Just keep going. This is important and the end is […]
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 […]
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, […]
The last time I attempted to write something was three weeks ago. I got as far as the title. We’re preparing for a big move—a change of house, country, preschool, and everything else one could possibly change. My husband and I are walking zombies. Wednesday is our “Sabbath”, a day to rest, reflect, and connect […]
Last night our family of 4 went to a little “pizza cafe” with a fabulous view. As we finished dinner we looked outside and noticed it had gone dark and frigid out, so we paid, bundled up and hopped on the scooter.
You know those days when you finally get an hour free—through careful planning, preparation, and some magical alignment of the stars—and then you can’t decide which one you need more: sleep, or time alone. Today I’m going to embrace sleep depriation and say, I NEED SOME TIME ALONE. So I’m snuggled up under warm covers […]