The Messy Path to the Promised Land

People think life overseas is one big adventure. It’s not. It’s still just life, lived out in an unfamiliar location. You quickly forget the exotic and get into mundane patterns of existence. The rains that flood the streets whenever there is a downpour aren’t interesting anymore, but just an obstacle that makes the kids’ bus […]

A Sojourner in a Foreign Land

The sound of the waves has faded into memory by now and the story of deliverance threatens to dissipate right along with it. Free from bondage, witnesses to miracles beyond belief, we thought we’d be settled by now. As our feet dig circles in the burning sand we understand why. We are still living in […]

Twenty Years From Now, Will I Be Disappointed?

When I was in college, living in Paris, one of my favorite quotes was from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in […]

Inviting Girls to a Global Sisterhood {PLUS: Book Giveaway}

{Leave a thoughtful comment on this post to be entered to win the book, A Voice Becoming: A Yearlong Mother-Daughter Journey into Passionate, Purposed Living} By Beth Bruno | Twitter: @bethhbruno We must have looked as pathetic as we sounded when the Dutch woman stopped her bike to help us. Though we successfully made it out of […]

A Lesson in Language and Empathy

By Annie Rim | Twitter: @Annie_Rim “How long have you lived here? Why don’t you speak French yet?” Shame filled my chest and I quickly swallowed the cheap-but-smooth wine we relied on during those student days in Paris. When I decided to attend college in France as an art history major, I assumed I would […]