• Missionary Kids/TCK's,  Missions

    How to Ruin Furlough For Your Kids

    #1-  Don’t talk about It Definitely, the last thing you want to do is talk about it!  We’re scared!  We’re all scared!  And stressed!  Why would we want to talk about that?!   It’s best just to pretend it’s not happening.   They don’t even need to know why you’re packing up the house. No, no, no.  That’s backwards!  It’s happening, you can’t change it.   Acknowledge the emotions that go along with the transition and give your children the freedom to share their feelings with you or someone else.  Think about your own emotions.  Even as adults we sometimes have difficulty processing our own feelings, how much more for…

  • Missionary Kids/TCK's,  Missions

    “MK’s are just different”: 2 Pitfalls of a Common Mindset

    If you are connected to the missions world in any way you may be thinking “what in the world is this girl talking about?!”  I hope you’ll hear me out.  If you want to accuse me of MK heresy after you’ve read this I welcome your thoughts.  But only after you’ve read the entire post. For better or worse, MK’s generally grow up in a world that emphasizes their distinctions. This may show up as a result of churches spotlighting or praising their family’s service at every opportunity. It will inevitably show up in the process of moving, meeting new people, attempting to explain where they are from and what…

  • Missionary Kids/TCK's,  Missions

    My MK Life: Redefining Our Differences

    It’s taken me a long time to drum up the courage to write these words. Not because of any major difficulty or traumatic event, but simply because it’s the story of my own life. And that, obviously, is very personal. We live our lives typically feeling they are nothing extraordinary and often not really paying attention to the way God has woven our story together through the years. That’s true for me anyway. But then somewhere along the way He starts to show us how the dots connect. And then if we’re really lucky we have friends and family who encourage us to share our story with others, because just…