life overseas

The Mafia and Falling Asleep Anyway

by Laura on October 9, 2013

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Perhaps I’m an adrenaline junkie. 15 months ago, my husband texted me, “I’m working a case involving the mafia.” And I can remember the holy ground that was my bedroom when I read that sentence on my computer screen; it was one of those late nights, after kids were in bed,  just me and Him. […]



They always said writing a book was like birthing a baby, and I was all eye-rolling-know-it-all: “It can’t be that bad. I mean, really. I’ve never seen anyone sweaty and screaming over a manuscript.” I remember with our first (real, actual, human, non-figurative) baby, I had much the same attitude. “I’m going all-natural. No big […]


I feel all-apologies on this space of late. Let’s be honest, ever since we moved back to the United States my personal blogging platform has taken a hit. And while I do think it will pick back up eventually, for now, I am finding a new stride in pouring my words and social media nearly-ninja-skillz  […]


Redefining Stupid

by Laura on May 19, 2013

This past week he told stories from his last trip overseas–around a table and over sandwiches– that still-fresh ink crawling out from under his shirt sleeve. I’d heard the story several times before, but there was something about this telling that felt different, scarier to me. Maybe it was the natural responses from our friends. […]


My New Favorite 24 Rocks {#FreedomRocks}

by Laura on March 14, 2013


Our family went rock collecting the other day. We drove to the local sand and gravel place and unloaded the kids in front of the river rock pile. And then we started picking up rocks– flat ones, red ones, oddly shaped-ones. It was Colorado-cold and our fingers started to hurt, but we dug and selected […]

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I remember our first year on the fieldliterally thinking, “No one is ever,ever going to come to faith in Christ, no matter how many years I spend here.”  I thought this because for the first time in my life, I was face-to-face with the realities that the story of Jesus was so completely other to the people I was living among.Buddhism […]


My husband says I’m the writer of the family, and that he’d rather just stick to the speaking-bit. And maybe he’s right. Because he rarely writes but every time he speaks publicly he brings people to cry tears or draw swords. The man seeps inspirational leadership. And these last two years, I’ve seen him endure […]


Five Reasons You Should Buy This Shirt

by Laura on January 19, 2013

Five reasons you should buy this shirt, this weekend: 5. They look cool. And if you wear them, you will look cool, too. 4. They are conversation starters. People will be like, “What? What does that mean? What’s that abstract, but soveryneatlooking eye thing in the middle?” And you can be like, “Well, it’s from […]

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Because Rescue is Coming (Over at InCourage)

by Laura on January 7, 2013

I met a girl in a brothel named Sarah about eight months ago via covert camera footage. And while I’ve yet to speak in the flesh to this young woman, I know her story. Sarah’s home country in SE Asia is notorious for both government oppression and extreme poverty, and at the hands of her own […]


So I recently wrote about the awkward moments of living on support stateside— the guilt, the paranoia, the un-cool factor that works its way into the monthly newsletters.  And, while all of that is true, I also wanted to talk about the positive ways living on financial support has affected me– at home and abroad. […]


So, we’ve been back in the States now for 5 months, and we’re still living on full financial support– which we did while living overseas, but somehow seems harder now that we’re back in the ol’ U.S. of A. (Notice our latest “prayer card family picture” above. Cool, but not as cool as the one […]