The Capacity of Stomachs and Schedules

Our stomachs are incredible organs: like the stretchiest of balloons, they can expand in size from a fraction of a cup to well over eight cups when full. Think of the hours after a feast like Thanksgiving Dinner: cups and cups of turkey, pie, and mashed potatoes sloshing around, with those who didn’t wear stretchy […]

Blessed Interruptions

“Sure,” I said to my husband, “that sounds like fun. We don’t have a lot else going on that month.” And just like that, we agreed that we would pull the kids out of school for a week and accompany him on a business trip. It would be an adventure. It would take a little […]

Welcome to the Tribe of Nomads

“Welcome to the tribe of nomads,” he said. “Once you join us, you never really go back.” This was the counsel given to my fresh-faced husband by an older expat in his first week of living overseas. They had been talking about all that was new: finding accommodation, opening bank accounts, driving on the other […]

Under My Skin

There is such a thing as radiantly pregnant, and let me assure you I wasn’t it. On a scale of perfectly-happy to prepare-for-PTSD, the last trimester of my last pregnancy red-lined towards the traumatic. I had gestational diabetes, a baby with a “shadow” on his ultrasound that needed to be “monitored,” and a bad case […]

The Ministry of Flag Raising

I’ve begun to think of close friends and trusted mentors as ones who have the Ministry of Flag Raising. As we tell our stories and process our journeys, trusted sisters (and brothers) in Christ have an integral role: they are witnesses, they help us discern where God is redemptively at work in places we might […]