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Moving Home: Why I Loved Intermissionary

I doubt anyone noticed, but I’ve been majorly MIA for TWO whole months! Consistency on the blog during summer is a challenge because my routine is all over the place. Last summer I took an unintended blog hiatus for two months (although I wrote about culture shock and re-entry afterwards), and the same thing happened this summer. Even though I only spent one week at Intermissionary Chamonix, I’ve gotta tell you about it. Partly because I participated in the very...

Thank You Benin

I left Benin 2 months ago. It already feels like an eternity. I’ve already started to forget things. The feeling I hold on to is the one that consumed me as we pulled away from the Cotonou dock, “I have to come back here” and, “Will I ever meet people as amazing as the ones I met here?” Yes, I do… and, yes I will. I do hope to return one day, yet I know I’ll meet beautiful, inspiring people...

Moving Home: Keepsakes to Cherish; Provocative Joy

Moving Home: 4 (Cultural) Keepsakes to Treasure

I use affiliate links, which means I’ll earn some cash if you purchase from this link. I only link to products I love that I hope you find useful. This helps support my obsession with blogging and helping you live unconventionally. The one month countdown is in 3 days, and the time to set sail and float away from Benin is days away. Emotions fluctuate and I manage some days really well. Other days feel like a failure when I...

Moving Home: Using a Capsule Wardrobe to Simplify

Last week was the first week of the “Moving Home” series because I’m hitting the road and heading back to the U.S. after 3 years on board a hospital ship. I’m sharing all the things I’m learning and doing in the midst of this transition. Keep an eye on my Facebook page where I’m consistently sharing related articles and resources on all things moving home. You can also subscribe to my monthly newsletter for insiders by clicking HERE. Check out the...

Choosing a New City: Things to Consider; Provocative Joy; Moving Home Series

Moving Home: Choosing a New City

I am thinking about home all the time these days! If you’re new here, you should know that I’ve been living on a ship for the past 3 years. Yes, a real ship with portholes, toilets that make loud sucking noises, and watertight sliding doors (like in Titanic). Three years and this season is coming to an end. Even though I only have two months left, I’ve done barely anything productive to prepare. I’ve spent a lot of time on...

Snapshots of Life in Benin: The Africa Mercy Wards

In between worlds I’m in Benin, but not really. Many of my colleagues are Benin locals and some are from neighboring countries, but there is a barrier that I don’t often know how to cross. The hospital within the steel walls of the Africa Mercy is not touching land; we have a flowing cushion of water underneath us at all times. We live in a ship, but we don’t move. We have limited medical supplies due to reliance on donations, yet we...

Why I’m Going Home: Thoughts on Leaving Mercy Ships

Two years ago I had to make a decision. It was the first major decision of our 2-year marriage where we both wanted completely different things. I wanted to leave the Africa Mercy and he wanted to stay. Fast forward two years and we are still here! Time is measured here in units of “commitments”. Everyone has to sign on for a specific length of time. Two years ago, I finally consented to the 2-year commitment Ruben was hoping for. Related...

Why I Gave Up Coffee for Lent; how it made me thirsty for God; Provocative Joy

Why I Gave Up Coffee For Lent

Growing Up Christian I’ve been a Christian since I was a preteen. I’ve gone to Catholic school, Christian school and an all women’s school (oh wait… that’s different). I’ve been to retreats and revivals and conferences. I’ve led bible studies with Christians. I’ve looked into the eyes of someone who realizes suddenly that she needs Jesus in her life. I’ve been on missions trips to other countries, and service projects just down the block from my childhood home. I know...

Quotes for abundant life; Provocative Joy; John 10:10

Quotes for Abundant Life

The past few months, I’ve been working through Tsh Oxenreider’s course, the Upstream Field Guide. It’s been slooooow going. This is mostly because I’m easily distracted, always looking for the next thing, and try to do everything at once. That’s why I’m still not done yet. A few weeks ago, I shared with you my desire to swim upstream for the rest of my life. I’m a part of this world, but with Christ living inside me, I know I’m...

Snapshots of Benin; My experience with local seamstress and how she blessed me; Provocative Joy; Cotonou, Benin

Snapshots of Life in Benin: The Seamstress

Finding New Adventures Over the past few months I’ve written about why I never want to become a person who is fine with the status quo. I want to be someone who swims upstream and whose life reflects the beliefs I hold about the world around me. But swimming upstream looks different at various stages of life. In August 2014, it looked like leaving full-time jobs behind and buying plane tickets to meet the Africa Mercy in the Canary Islands. Last...