Beggars & Me


Most of us live in countries where begging is a daily thing. You walk out your door and it confronts you. I have lived all of my adult life in countries where begging goes on in the streets: by children, handicapped people, crazy people, mothers, old people, and desperate fathers.

Where oh where is the answer to this complicated situation? I have developed a plan through the years. Continue reading

Is Your Weirdness Your Crutch?


A TCK contributed this article anonymously to my blog. Coming from someone who grew up abroad, it means so much more than if I had written it. Does it resonate with you? >>> Continue reading

What You Can & Can’t Eat Abroad


As I prepared my salad for our lunch today, I marveled at the variety of vegetables available for us to use: lettuce, radishes, okra, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, fresh peas, carrots, pickled red cabbage, and two different kinds of cheeses. I put my homemade croutons on the table and wondered at the beautiful and nutritious meal available here in this country. Continue reading

Why Do TCKs Have to Be Different?


I admit, I don’t know what it is like to be a TCK.

I was raised in rural America, lived in the same house growing up, had the same friends, spoke the same language until my family moved my senior year in high school.

So when my TCK daughter says in view of college looming ahead, “Why do I have to be the one who hides and forgets my past?”

I have thought about what to say in response.

Along the way I have heard other TCKs say, “Why couldn’t I have had a normal life? Why couldn’t I grow up with friends all around me? Why did my parents bring me to the USA and dump me? Why do I have to be so different? Why can’t I be like everyone else?”

I think those are pretty typical teen questions no matter where you were brought up. But admittedly, TCKs are a different breed of birds:-)

So to answer “Why,?” I’ll say what I said to Lilly. Why? Because God has a plan for you, and this¬†different-ness is part of His plan.

Jesus said as much to Peter, who also wondered “why me?”

“So Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, and what about this man?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?¬† You follow me!'” John 21:21,22