Praying with Palms Up

“Heads bowed, hands together, eyes closed.” This was how we prayed, our seven-year old little bodies being trained in the ways of holiness. Also, at the end we said “Amen.” I wasn’t sure why we did any of those things, but I did know these were the words and posture of prayer. Prayer, if it […]

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 […]