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A Foreigner’s Perspective on the Refugee Crisis

When I lived in the United States, my life was very much red, white, and blue {well, mostly white, middle-class} withView full post »

The Freedom to Go Slow {Velvet Ashes}

When we move overseas, we think we’re moving alone. We may only be responsible for the people who share our surnameView full post »

A Letter from a Daddy to His 2-Year-Old Girl

This morning we sat down for a special birthday pancake breakfast to celebrate baby girl turning two. Gavin surprised usView full post »

How to Stay Sane When Living Abroad {Velvet Ashes}

Last summer, I submitted a 47-page thesis exploring the mental health functioning of career medical professionalsView full post »

I <3 Noonday Collection

Maybe you remember that this time last year I was trying to win a blogging trip to Rwanda with Noonday Collection. YouView full post »

I’m More Hot Mess than Scripted Ministry

It’s been an incredibly busy week month of meetings, personal check-ins, and soul care for our friends in SE Asia. OurView full post »

My Team is My Body {Velvet Ashes}

When people ask me, “What is the hardest part of living overseas?” my immediate response is “Getting along withView full post »

My Womb Aches for Life, While My Baby Is In Another Woman’s Arms

This post originally appeared at Missional Women. —————— I don’t know how to tellView full post »

Allowing Our Hearts to Be Shepherded Abroad {Velvet Ashes}

I really can’t begin to tell you the amount of crazy that has been my life the month of March. I spent threeView full post »

Define Your Role as Servant {Velvet Ashes}

I felt invalidated for a long time. It began in a faith culture where women were to be quiet and keep their spiritualView full post »

The Transient Community of A Life Overseas {Velvet Ashes}

When I moved to Southeast Asia, she was one of the first people I met. We were staying in a teammate’s house thatView full post »

Where’s the Blogging Outrage Against Injustice?

I’ve never called myself a blogger, even though I suppose I am. I don’t know…I’m not exactly trying to make aView full post »

Why I’m Tired of Talking About “Women’s Roles”

This post is part of a series called ‘Redefining Biblical Womanhood.’ You can check out the other posts hereView full post »

On the Expectation to Live Modestly

Several years before my husband and I moved abroad, we visited some friends living in Peru. They were well into a five-View full post »

Why I Continue to Give to Beggars

Today I sat by the window of a small café in a capital city of the developing world. The waitress brought the GreekView full post »