Missionary Mamas

Because we are mamas on the move.

So Where’s Home? A Film About Third Culture Kid Identity on Vimeo

Loved this short film. Elementary kids and up can probably relate; why not watch it together, start a conversation about where your child considers home? It might be different than you think.

Real Life Talk– When Life Hurts…opening up about my real life – YouTube

Send this missionary mama some love; what a tough spot she’s in! And no husband shoulder to cry on!

In the Shadow of His Wings: April 27th, 2017: A Normal Day

This is my ministry blog for my supporters, but I thought it might sound familiar to some. Enjoy!

Moving to Africa? Leave These 6 Hang-ups Behind

Obviously, Africa is a very diverse place, so this surely won’t apply to the whole continent…but does anyone else agree or disagree? The sharing aspect was interesting to me: Haitians also expect a lot of sharing and it does go both ways, even if it’s something as small as a plant in a cracked pot as a thank you.

Francesca Battistelli – Unusual (Official Audio) – YouTube

If you have the bandwidth, I hope you can listen to this song. This, mamas, is just how I see you. You’re so unusual, in the best kind of way. You rock. Happy weekend!

How Do You Tell the Story of Your Relationship?

They hit on a really important point in this article: how do you look back on the past? Is there bitterness? Is there resentment? That’s going to color how you move forward together. Missionary marriages have a high level of adversity; are you approaching it as a team and allowing it to bind you together as a couple?

What do you think of his idea of “glorifying the struggle”?

How to Crack Open a Coconut and Use Fresh Coconut

This guy’s method is interesting too, in case you don’t have an oven. He puts it in a towel and swings it like an ax! (That never would’ve occurred to me. I’m so glad the internet exists.)

What to do with a Whole Coconut (DIY Coconut Extract and more) | The View from Great Island

Ways to use a whole coconut! I finally have a coconut tree in my yard, so I’m excited to see what I can do with it. I agree wholeheartedly with the author that the oven method of opening them is the easiest.

Even if…

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Even if your kids don’t have new clothes or hats…

Even if you can’t hide real eggs because they’d start to turn immediately in the heat…

Even if the Cadberry mini-eggs arrived pulverized and melted…

(please, a moment of the silence for the chocolate…) 

You can celebrate the resurrected Son. You are celebrating him daily in how you care for your family; your life bears witness. But on this day, take a note from Jewish tradition and just do something–anything–different.

I was reading about Passover, and it was interesting to hear that the youngest child is supposed to ask what’s so different about this night. Because we don’t normally munch on bitter herbs, right? And the order of the meal is different, because the celebration is different. I know holidays outside our home culture can be hard, but there are so many ways to make this night different from all others. Just putting a tablecloth on the table can be enough (assuming you’re lazy like me and don’t usually use one). You don’t have to spend extra money if you don’t have it: cook breakfast for dinner or have a random smorgasbord of everyone’s favorite food. I love Barbara Reiney’s idea of simply putting a stuffed lamb on the table to symbolize Christ’s sacrifice. Pick flowers from your yard. Eat outside. But do something to mark the day he rose for you. Make sure they know it’s different; it’s not like every other day. This day, we stop and remember.

Oh, you’re so deeply loved, mama. He sighs over you. He delights to bless you. You are righteous by the blood of his beloved son and perfect in His sight…even if your meal doesn’t contain ham. Don’t stress the small stuff.

Oh, and just because it’s Friday (and a Good one at that), here’s some free Easter printables to brighten up your abode. I love the one with many languages proclaiming that he is risen indeed!

You’ve got this, mama.

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