Modern Missionary Mamas

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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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Friday Funny

Make it Monday: Compost Tea

Make it Monday

No, mama, the tea isn’t for you, it’s for your garden! If you want to give your plants a little boost and you don’t have MiracleGro (snort), you’ll only have to wait a week for this liquid gold! This works on indoor OR outdoor plants and it’s perfect for city dwellers with no room for a compost pile.

She recommends eggshells, coffee grounds and tea bags; I would also add a banana peel for potassium. In fact, I just toss banana peels onto my plants regularly; they turn black quickly, but don’t smell bad or attract pests.

How to make compost tea

Give it a try!

Bottled water: yea or nay?

So I stumbled across this article on the amount of microplastics in bottled water, and I’ll admit–it has me concerned! We filter our cistern water with a Big Berkey, mostly, but I do pull out the Culligans when we have guests, just because the filter can’t keep up.

Do you worry about microplastics? Do you use bottled or filtered? Well water? Spring water, as the unrealistic article suggests?

Got any hot tips for clean water?

You can read the article here.

You can read the most recent study here.

Drowning doesn’t look like drowning

Drowning doesn’t look drowning

Just a friendly summertime reminder that your device or book is not your friend by the pool….listening isn’t enough! I had a close call with my littlest as we’re still here in the hotel in Miami and it was impressively quiet! But I knew she was okay: “Mama, I discovered I was underwater!” Yes, child, thankfully, I too discovered that.

You’ve got this, mamas.

Self-care: Stress Breathing

So I’m stuck in Miami. I was flying back to the field, when craziness broke out and now I’m…stuck. It’s a good stuck, overall, except I have been with my kids almost every minute of every day for about three hundred days. Or maybe it’s only three, I can’t remember. The point is we’re super stressed around here, and I majorly lost my cool with my kids tonight when they wouldn’t go to sleep in our shared hotel room.


Thankfully, I was watching a video unrelated to my parenting failures, and it reminded me about 4-7-8 breathing.

Mamas, this is my secret weapon, except I totally forgot about it until now. This helps me keep my cool 100% of the time, and I will totally be using it in the days ahead. So if summer’s got your hair falling out (or perhaps being actively ripped out of your head), let’s give this a try, shall we?

Breathe in for a count of four.

Hold your breath for a count of seven.

Breathe out for a count of eight.

Start over and do it again a few times until you feel calm.

That’s it.

Need a video? Probably not, but just in case, here you go:

The science behind it is simple. When we’re stressed, we breathe IN a lot, but not OUT a lot. Breathing more out than in triggers your brain to feel calm. So if you can’t do a count of eight, just try for more than five.

4-7-8 breathing iphone

4-7-8. Repeat. You can save the above picture as a backdrop for your phone.

And the real beauty is that you’ll confuse the heck out of your kids, who will expect you to yell or storm off or do something. Standing there just breathing, they’ll probably make sure you’re not having a stroke. Have some fun with it.

Love you, mamas. You are doing a good job. Keep it up.

Reflections on the Fourth

Thought this was a lovely reflection on how country-specific holidays can feel when you’re not there.

Happy fireworks day, mamas!

“God Almighty is no fool”

Does this resonate with you? Do you find your voice is welcomed, valued, desired in your ministry? Or just the opposite?

From God Forgive Us For Being Women: Rhetoric, Theology and the Pentecostal Tradition by Dr. Joy Qualls

Keeping Your Covenant Book

This might be an interesting resource to look at–it’s a group of lessons on marriage from FamilyLife, which is part of Cru now. (Remember when it was Campus Crusade? I do. I’m old.) It’s already translated into twelve languages. Some of it’s a bit cultural (looking at pictures in a wedding album…), but I think it’s got some good foundations, some good questions for couples to think through together.

Bonus points if you go through the English version with your man!

You’ve got this, mamas.


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