Missionary Mamas

Because we are mamas on the move.

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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When the family leaves 

Today is going to be full of raw moments. Lump-in-your-throat, tears-hot-to-fall, somebody-give-me-a-hug moments. 

I recently made schedule cards for my son, to give more predictability to our days. (In my opinion, they are already mind-numbingly predictable, but hey, that’s just me.) I added a card for when overnight visitors arrive, because he often wants to know WHAT TIME THAT GUY IS COMING. But my parents were leaving today after spending a week with us, so I decided to use it to note their departure. 
After we waved to the receding Prado, I came down to cook breakfast and noticed he’d flipped it over as done. ‘Good,’ I thought, ‘He’s processing it.’ Then as I added oats and water, I noticed he was standing next to the table, holding it, staring at the small photo of a rolling suitcase. 

And cleaning up breakfast, I found it like this. 

Oh, that grief was a straight line. 

Marilyn Gardner says it well: “Grieving well means understanding that it is not well-organized and the more I can accept that, the less surprised I will be when it comes on like a tsunami in the most unlikely places” (Between Worlds, 124). 

So we’re playing with lavender play dough today, and waiting a while until we throw out their half-drunk cups of coffee and tea. We’re not stripping the bed yet. We’re going into the guest room with deep sighs. We’re giving extra hugs and grace for tantrums over nothing. 

We’re lingering in the fading aura of the presence of family. We’re in no hurry to leave it. 

You’ve got this, mamas. 

How to Prepare Missionary Kids for Furlough or Home Assignment

Man, this article had a ton of resources. I’d probably take me a  week and read through them all. (Possibly, I am Netflixdistracted.) 

One thing we’ve done for our kids when they’re little is a paper chain. It makes it a little more concrete, instead of them waking up every day wondering if today’s the day we fly out. I’ve also written the fun things we’d like to do in the U.S. on the links, and we talk about them when we tear them off. That gives them a better idea of what to look forward to. 

Happy weekend, mamas! 

Top 5 Podcasts for Homeschoolers of Children with Special Needs | Educents

This could be a great resource for those trying to help their child’s teacher learn to accommodate them better. Be a kind advocate for what your kid needs, even if he’s the exception. He deserves it. 

5 Things I Learned While Raising Kids Overseas

This spoke encouragement to my heart, especially the part about kids leaving home. I’m not nearly to that part yet, but I’ve seen how hard it is on friends. God is faithful, mamas! 

Third Culture Kids and Therapy

This is the results of a survey, but I think her summary at the end is very valuable. The mission field is tough; we should feel no shame if we need a little extra help processing it all. And that goes for our kids, too!

Have you taken your kids to a counselor? Was it a positive experience?

Don’t miss the links at the bottom to groups that specialize in working with TCK’s! Skype counseling, mamas; it’s a thing.

This Passport Index will tell you if you need a visa to go, um, anywhere.

Am I the only one who loves this stuff?!

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