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Modern Missionary Mamas

Because Christ is our all in all, all over the world.

MMM Podcast Episode 2: International Travel with Small Children

Here’s how to listen:

-Right in this post! Just click play. You can also download it from here. (Amazing, eh? I know your internet stinks, mamas; I’ve got your back.)

-On Soundcloud. They have a nice app for your phone and if you add to a playlist or a station, you’ll always see when a new one’s posted (I think). And please, if you like it, hit like and share it! Let’s spread the word.

And if you’ve got more questions for me, don’t miss out on our first Twitter chat! Here’s the post on that, in case you missed it. 

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Connect with other missionary mamas (or maybe just ladies)

https://velvetashes.com/get-involved/connection-groups/

Just found out about this–what a cool use for Facebook! Would you sign up for one of these groups? Yeah, it takes courage, but what do you have to lose?

If someone joins, will you report back and tell us how it goes? You can be vague.

Your body

Halloween costumes, anyone?

http://vintagepatterns.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Costumes

Stumbled on this and it looks cool: it’s a site for vintage clothing patterns, all for free! And since history (and pop culture) is cyclical, you can find Star Wars patterns and Wonder Woman costumes! 🙂

And if your sewing skills are anything like mine, you’ll want to get on this ASAP.

I hope your sewing skills are better than mine.

 

#Momhack: Cooking While Traveling

We’re at our organization’s HQ for two weeks, doing some training and meetings, and the food situation? OY. Because my babies want ALL. THE. SUGARY. THINGS. and Mama doesn’t want crazy behavior due to too many treats. So I’m fighting back on costs and sugar with whole chickens…the leftovers of which I’m putting with stir fries, over pasta and into soups.

But my #momhack today has to do with flavor…because I don’t want to buy a whole bottle of sesame seeds for my stir fry, but without it? Kinda bland.

As you can see, even this tiny jar is $2.21, which is really more than I need for two weeks.

Instead, I went over to the bulk section at Winco Foods, and got just two tablespoons for $0.39. BAM.

In case you’re still not convinced, I also needed thyme and sage for my chicken soup, neither of which was cheap for a whole bottle…

A little trip over to the bulk section…(and look at all the options!!)…I scoop out what I need into a small plastic bag, write the four-digit code on the twist-tie, and close it up.

And I ended up walking out with just what I needed for two batches of soup. I paid $0.09 for thyme and the sage? Well, there was so little in the bag, it wouldn’t register on their scale, so they gave it to me for free. That would make me feel bad, except they’re the ones who designed the system, not me. So hey, I’ll take advantage of it! You don’t have to rely on junk food just because you’re traveling, and the smell of soup simmering can make even a temporary place feel like home.

Don’t let the big jars intimidate you! If you’ve got a kitchen available to you, don’t let it go to waste. Your wallet will thank you.

You’ve got this, mamas.

Aunt Flo, Mother Earth and You

While many of my posts are appropriate for both sexes, guys, you’re probably gonna want to pass on this one today. And if you don’t, you can’t say I didn’t warn you.

And ladies, today’s post may freak some of you out, too, so here’s some lavender, which is supposed to calming…

Menstruation.

And now the guys believe me and they’re out of here.

Good! Now that it’s just us, let’s talk, mamas. Most likely, if you’re using disposable menstrual supplies, you are spending a small fortune every month on these things. And now some of you are thinking, ‘if’? Yes, mamas–for I am about to introduce you to the sanity of reusable menstrual supplies. Let’s talk ‘why’ first, then move to ‘what.’

More lavender? Okay.

They’re affordable: You can make or buy these quite cheaply compared to disposables.

They’re reducing your chemical exposure: My understanding is that most disposable supplies are laced with bleach, fragrances, petrochemicals and other things that aren’t great to have that close to you. (You can read more about that here.)

They’re good for the earth: Because if you trash our planet, where will *I* live?

There’s been some kind of innovation wave that I completely missed until a kind missionary friend told me what she used. Personally, I had no idea there were so many options out there! So here we go.

Cloth reusables: these are like regular maxi pads, but they have snaps instead of glue. They’re usually made of cotton or bamboo. I’ve found lots on Etsy or Amazon and even patterns for making them on Pinterest. In my opinion, it’s better than washing cloth diapers; they’ve come out very clean.

Menstrual cups: these are small silicone cups that catch the blood like a tampon would. Most are reusable for a long time, and there’s now a huge variety of shapes and sizes! Between you and me, I don’t know much about specific brands, so if anyone’s had a positive experience, please chime in!

Six ways to fold a menstrual cup

Sea sponges: I know, right? Weird? Maybe. But if it works, a game changer.

Leakproof underwear: Apparently, this is a real thing. It’s build right into it, in a variety of absorbencies. Neat.

What do you think, mamas? Am I rocking your world or is this TMI? Share your experience with us, if you dare.

Quick and Dirty Transition Tips

Hello, mamas! I’ve missed you. I’ve been in a time of transition as I travel towards furlough/home assignment for a season, so I thought I’d share a little bit of how I’m treating myself well in the blur:

I give myself a full two days to recover. HQ meetings start Monday? I come in on Friday night. I arrived in PDX on Tuesday night for a conference on Friday night. That gives us all time for the jet lag to wear off (really, kids? 3:30 AM seems like morning to you?) and to get over any illnesses we picked up on the plane. (Though I still stand by my habit on wiping down arm rests, tray tables, windows and screens with a sanitizing wipe. It may get weird looks, but we had no illness this time!)

I navigate triggers with extra time and space. And by that I mean reverse culture shock triggers. And by that I mean the grocery store. Knowing they’d remodeled again since I was last there, I happily left my kids with my mom-in-law while I navigated the assault on my senses that is the grocery store. Mamas, I had to do anxiety breathing. I don’t know exactly why it’s a trigger for me, but it is. So do I try to “just pop in for a few things” on the way to something else? No. No, I do not.

Just say no. I know. Your time is short. You want to see everyone, and they want to see you. But I know I can’t. I wanted desperately to drive to Salem last night to see a dear friend who goes back to Indo next week…but my kids needed time with me to process the next phase of our transition and recover from the exhaustion of doing American church for the first time (again). And it may sound silly, but I needed that, too. Give yourself time to putter, to knit, to write. You can dive into work soon enough.

I let the tears come. My oldest did NOT want to go to Sunday School. Usually, my guy is the tough one who’s good at Sunday school drop off, but it was just me yesterday. And when I walked away from him, I held back tears. I held them back so well, down the hall, down the stairs. I held them back from the usher who greeted me. I held them back from my dad-in-law when I found him in our row. But when the music started, even though it was a song I didn’t know (maybe because it was a song I didn’t know), I let myself come undone. The whispered voice said, No façades now. Not with me.

But people will stare! I know. They did. But that’s where my heart was at. It was grieving my Haiti home. It was overwhelmed by the increased noise and lights. It was sad for my scared boy who just wants to be with me. So I cried in the presence of God. You can, too. You don’t have to pretend this isn’t hard. It is.

I exercise outside. I’m in a temperate part of the world, so you may not be able to do this, but it so helps me with jet lag and burning off the residual stress of travel.

I should’ve stayed off Facebook and Twitter. Ah, the endless scroll. It’s too easy to lose myself in it, too easy to ignore my kids and those present with me. I was happier when I had some distance from my phone.

You’ve got this, mamas.

Customs alert

This was something I’d never thought of! Be careful ordering all those knock-off Prada bags I know you ladies have. 😉 Ok, so maybe it’s not purses–baby stuff!

https://www.racked.com/2018/1/8/16849298/amazon-counterfeits-global-entry-customs

It’s the blog’s FIRST birthday, and YOU get the presents!

Happy birthday, mamas! I’ve been writing to you for a year now, and it’s been better than I could’ve hoped for. Already, we’ve been visited by over 2,900 readers in 81 countries. Man, internet, you’ve outdone yourself this time.

Between Worlds: Essays on Culture and Belonging by [Gardner, Marilyn]

So I want to give you something! This year, I finally read Between Worlds by Marilyn Gardner and it spoke to a deep place in my heart…she writes so beautifully about the pain and the joy of immersing yourself in a different culture. I just know you’ll love it.

I’m giving away ONE copy for Kindle (to avoid shipping nightmares). Just let me know what your favorite post was this year in the comment section, then click right here to enter to win Between Worlds! And if you just want to say happy birthday, but you don’t want the book, that’s okay, too; I’d still love to see your comment.

Good luck, mamas! Thanks for making this a wonderful year. Just knowing you’re out there, going through the same struggles, keeps me going. You’re so loved. I appreciate you.

Make it Monday: Fake Snow!

Make it Monday

Okay, so the weatherman’s right: there’s 0% chance of snow outside. But inside, mamas? That’s another story. Whip this up and stick it in the fridge. Your kids won’t know the difference. (Unless they try to eat it. Don’t let them try to eat it.) 

https://playtivities.com/how-to-make-snow/

Jingle jingle, mamas! You’ve got this.

 

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