For nearly a year before our family moved overseas, my mind was constantly processing the losses my young children would soon experience.

The first time I walked into JinXiNanFang Hospital I was eight weeks pregnant.

While reading books on anthropology and history can give insights into cross-cultural living, it is much more fun to read novels that deal with these same issues. 

“Make sure you say goodbye” I text these words to my youngest son, followed by “It’s important to say your goodbyes.”

War steals and destroys life. Refugee women give and build life. 

Recently, I sat with a young friend over tea. She and her husband are moving overseas in a few months with their precious baby girl. As she shared her thoughts, fears and excitement, the memories of our first overseas move with children began to flood back.

The State Department of the United States has numerous resources and programs that can help make traveling and living overseas safer and keep you informed about what is happening in the country where you are traveling or living.