#WorldRefugeeDay 2018

"you have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land"  "Home," by Warsan Shire In the past few years I have had the privilege of meeting and hearing stories from many refugees and displaced people in different parts of the world. From the Sindh … Continue reading #WorldRefugeeDay 2018

#FamiliesBelongTogether

Updated - June 15,2018 - A doctor observing says she has never seen anything like it - a toddler pounding her fists on the ground, inconsolable with longing for a mom from who she was separated. Breastfeeding infants, screaming in emotional and physical pain. God have mercy on the souls of those who sanctioned this; … Continue reading #FamiliesBelongTogether

God of the Displaced and Exiled

Oh God of the displaced and exiled, Hear the prayers of those in limbo. Wipe the tears of mothers who parent children without a home. Feed those who are hungry; keep safe those who are in danger. Give strength to the helpers and the healers; to those who work tirelessly for justice. Give us the … Continue reading God of the Displaced and Exiled

Notable Quotes from Families in Global Transition

We are just back from an amazing trip to visit our son in Thessaloniki, Greece, followed by a conference called Families in Global Transition that encouraged and inspired us. My heart and brain are full. Being able to be with our son, see his surroundings, meet his friends and absorb the beauty of Thessaloniki was … Continue reading Notable Quotes from Families in Global Transition

Amphibians, Chameleons, and Cross Cultural Kids

"But those people who are fishes out of water were often the most vibrant ones in the room. I’ve begun to recognize a social type, the Amphibians — people who can thrive in radically different environments." David Brooks "The Rise of the Amphibians" In a recent article in the New York Times, David Brooks writes … Continue reading Amphibians, Chameleons, and Cross Cultural Kids

World Refugee Day – #withrefugees

Every year, June 20th is a day set aside to remember the millions of refugees and displaced people in our world. But it's not just a day to remember - it's also a day to think about what we can collectively and individually do about the refugee crisis.  So in today's post I want to … Continue reading World Refugee Day – #withrefugees

When Learning to Swim is a Privilege 

It was mostly toddlers who drowned off the coast of Libya.* Toddlers who had never paddled chubby legs in YMCA pools; who had never learned to hold their breath under water; whose last, terrible moments have to be given into the arms of God - because if not, life could not go on.  I only … Continue reading When Learning to Swim is a Privilege 

The Days We Never Laugh

I am holding my grandson as my daughter enters the room. I watch as he shrieks and lets out a belly laugh. He loved his mama even before he has words to express it. And there's something else - he already knows how to laugh.  A few years ago I was working on a project … Continue reading The Days We Never Laugh

Still 10,000 Reasons

I wake up refreshed this morning. My husband and I were invited to a young adult retreat this weekend and were honored to have the opportunity to speak to a group of around 50 college students and young adults. The topic was hospitality, and we watched this topic modeled well for us by an Orthodox … Continue reading Still 10,000 Reasons

Aleppo – History, Horror, and Cry for Help

In early September, main stream news sources and  all of social media were  alive with indignation when the Libertarian candidate for president – Gary Johnson - asked the question “What is Aleppo?” Indeed – What is Aleppo?  Aleppo is History. For hundreds of years Aleppo was the largest city in Syria and one of the … Continue reading Aleppo – History, Horror, and Cry for Help

The Welcome Prayer

I have to admit I’m really struggling this week. I’m angry at some recent news from an organization close to my heart. I’m disgusted by the political situation in the country where I live. I’m horrified by the people that excuse sexual indecency and the language of predatory sexual assault. I’m embarrassed by those Christians … Continue reading The Welcome Prayer

Get a Life

"Oh, for God's sake...get a life, will you?"--William Shatner   Connor left nearly a month ago to return to the University of British Columbia. As he and Lowell pulled away from the house I felt the bottle of grief shaken within me lose its scarcely screwed on lid. Before I knew it I was drenched, … Continue reading Get a Life

There’s so Much to Do

I wake up thinking "There is so much to do!" Housework and writing; communicating and catching up; praying and reflecting.  But I'm caught in this trap of media watching. It's a vicious cycle of anger and laughter and sadness - but mostly anger. There's so much to do, but I'm caught. I'm right where the … Continue reading There’s so Much to Do

International Women’s Day 2016 – Bringing All Voices to the Table

"What, Sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce." Mark Twain Every year I write about International Women's Day. This is the one day a year when the focus is solely on women and the issues that are most important to them. In some ways I … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2016 – Bringing All Voices to the Table

The Darkness is Not Winning – A Life Overseas

I'm at A Life Overseas today where I quote my brother and sister-in-law! I read these words from their newsletter yesterday morning and immediately asked permission to use them. These are words that reflect a future and a hope. "The darkness is not winning! "The truth is that wherever the news on television has been particularly bad … Continue reading The Darkness is Not Winning – A Life Overseas

The Importance of Band Aids

I've always loved band aids. Ever since I was a little girl and I had a doctor set I've loved band aids and bandages. There is something surprisingly comforting about a small strip of adhesive with a soft middle. Maybe it's the clean - treat - protect mantra, maybe it's the care with which the … Continue reading The Importance of Band Aids

International Woman’s Day 2015 – “Make it Happen”

Today is International Woman's Day. Yearly a day is set aside to honor women around the world, but also to bring attention to areas where changed needs to happen. This year the theme is broad and wide. "Make it Happen"  Is it sports? Bring more attention to women in sports and the amazing,strong women athletes. Open up … Continue reading International Woman’s Day 2015 – “Make it Happen”

The Challenge to “Not Go Numb”

"Just numb it!" I say emphatically every time I go to the dentist. "I don't want to feel a thing." And it's true. I had five babies naturally with barely a thought of intervention of any kind -- but my teeth? Just numb me up. Laughing gas, ether, even a couple shots of whiskey, I'll … Continue reading The Challenge to “Not Go Numb”