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”

Saturday Travel Quote – by Jenni Gate

Remember the post where I said if you add your favorite travel quotes to the comment section I would try to put them into word-art? Here is the first - a fabulous quote by Jenni Gate.Thank you Jenni! Add your favorite travel quote to the comment section! Buy Between Worlds today!  Available here:  Amazon Barnes & … Continue reading Saturday Travel Quote – by Jenni Gate

Everywhere is on my List

Could there be a more perfect quote for those of us with who wear travel like we wear our favorite shoes? I don't think so - but let's find out. I invite you to share through the comments your favorite travel quote. There are so many of them and so many great ones. Share them … Continue reading Everywhere is on my List

Exiting the Noise

Around noon yesterday the electricity went off in our cottage in Rockport. The dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, and lights all stopped. Suddenly it was silent. And it was so welcome.  If it hadn't been for friends coming to stay and wanting them to have a good time, with lights and all appliances working properly, I … Continue reading Exiting the Noise

A Life Overseas – When People Hate Your Home

Readers - I'm sending you to A Life Overseas today to a post called "When People Hate Your Home." If there is anything that convicts a third culture kid it is a post like this! Because it's not easy to love our passport countries and sometimes we fall into the category of the biggest criticizers. … Continue reading A Life Overseas – When People Hate Your Home