moving overseas

I Do, Still. STILL.

by Laura on February 12, 2012

In honor of all the hearts floating around these days, I am re-posting a piece I wrote about eight months ago. We were just returning to Asia after a glorious six weeks in the U.S. with family and friends, good bread and better coffee, and I was wrestling with what love looks like, in a […]


Nothing But Two Randoms

by Laura on July 28, 2011

Nothing But Two Randoms

Perhaps I’ve lost my writing mojo. Maybe I’m just tired from transition and travel and unpacking boxes and organizing kid-clothes.  Perhaps I only had a lot to say last year, when everything was new and hard and oh-so-culture-shocking. But, whatever the case, I ain’t got nothing. No cute stories.  No inspirational moments.  No poignant photographs. […]


Destined to Move, Again.

by Laura on July 24, 2010

A Later Note:  After I wrote this, I got to thinking that a post like this may communicate that you have it “easy” if you are called to stay in the same place, to develop roots and routines.  Please know that I believe the planting is just as challenging (in different ways) as the moving.  […]



by Laura on July 2, 2010

Living in a foreign country serves you with constant reminders that you do not belong. Just this week, we spent four hours in the waiting room of the Asian immigration office. Four hours.  Waiting.  Vulnerable.  Nervously offering paperwork to officials in hopes that our passports would be stamped worthy of remaining in their country for a year. […]


A Letter to My Children

by Laura on May 1, 2010

I am sitting outside of a coffeeshop while Matt takes the kids swimming.  It’s my first true “time away” by myself with a computer, my  music, and a few books.  And I’m sitting here wandering what I’m needing to hear whispered, what I’m needing to process about the last few months of chaos, what I’m […]


A Photo-Less Update

by Laura on April 3, 2010

Ugh–I hate posting without pictures, but alas, sacrifices must be made, and I can wait no longer to give you a quick update on the past three days for our family.  I’m afraid our internet access right now makes posting our honest videos (like the one where Kelty tells the camera her parents aren’t paying attention […]


Two Loaves and a Half a Fish

by Laura on March 30, 2010

Hi Friends. I am sitting right now in a hotel room in Denver while Matt and the kids enjoy the pool.  It’s 10 in the morning and in about six hours we begin the travel to Chiang Mai, SE Asia.  We leave here around 3 in the afternoon and will arrive in SE Asia (hopefully) […]


What I NEED to Know

by Laura on March 24, 2010

I am leaving the United States in six days, six days.  And I am feeling overwhelmed by all that I don’t know.  I don’t know the details of the Buddhist religion, which claims 95% of the nation’s population.  I don’t know the nuances of the Asian culture, and I haven’t spent much time with the language Cd’s […]


Where Your Story Begins

by Laura on March 23, 2010

“Home is where your story begins.”  It’s a sign that’s been hanging over my kitchen sink since I can remember.  It’s been a reminder to me of the power of story and the power of the home I am helping to create for my kids.  And today it randomly got taken down and placed on […]


Trash Day

by Laura on March 22, 2010

It was Trash Day on Friday.  And thank goodness . . . Yup.  This was the mound of trash we pulled out of our house this past week as we are preparing to move overseas (in just 8 days now).  Puzzles that were missing pieces, sweaters with holes, half-filled bottles of lotion we forgot we […]


Dropping Nets

by Laura on March 19, 2010

As I look back over the pages of this blog, I realize that I have yet to write about my personal journey Christ-following in regards to our decision to move to SE Asia to help combat child prostitution.  Now that we are facing the messy piles of miscellaneous stuff and starting to say our hard […]