Surviving VS. Thriving as a Mommy Missionary

I remember when Sam stopped taking his afternoon nap. He was only three, but it was clear that fighting for over an hour to get him to take a short nap—and then his inability to fall asleep at bedtime because he wasn’t tired—was no longer working. We switched him to a “quiet play time” in his room instead. I remember thinking, “How will I survive … Continue reading Surviving VS. Thriving as a Mommy Missionary

4 Tips on Fundraising Over the Holidays

For missionary families, going “home” for Christmas can be a wonderful blessing or an exhausting ordeal. Over the years Lynn and I have struggled to find the balance between spending time with family and visiting our ministry partners, and we’ve put enormous pressure on ourselves to make everyone happy.  That approach left us feeling tired and frustrated, and wondering if we had disappointed every person … Continue reading 4 Tips on Fundraising Over the Holidays

Keeping Christ in a Navigator Family Christmas

Our first few years of marriage, Christmas Eve and Day looked so different from how I grew up and even year to year they were different.  I grew up with a small extended family, and my husband typically saw 100+ people every year at Christmas, so that was a big adjustment!  Add on our job with The Navigators, and now we were “on”, relating with … Continue reading Keeping Christ in a Navigator Family Christmas

Ready or Not, Staff Conference is Coming

Somewhere in the mid-seventies, Bill and I attended our first staff conference. It was a big deal. We lived in Illinois, the conference at Glen Eyrie. I assume we drove (I can’t imagine having money for plane tickets back then). I was young and a new mom. I remember where she and I were standing in the Castle. I remember the conversation as if it … Continue reading Ready or Not, Staff Conference is Coming