How to Survive Your First Year of Motherhood in a Foreign Country

All right, I’ve been here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for about three and-a-half months now and I’ve probably cried the equivalent of at least one of those months so far. No, don’t say "Aww, she’s miserable."  For the record, I’m not miserable or suicidal; I am a first time mother of a beautiful five-month-old baby boy who moved halfway across the world with my husband seven weeks after giving birth.  Do I love my little boy in a completely indescribable way that only other moms would be able to un … [Read more...]

If I Could Tell You One Thing…

Flipping through a copy of Parenting magazine, I came across an article in which staff, readers, and a handful of writers were asked, ‘What is the one life lesson you want to pass on to your child?’  The question made me think about my life and what I have learned, and the ways in which I learned them.  Life lessons are often learned through mistakes, far too often our own.  I am the type of parent who loses sleep worrying about whether I am adequately preparing my child for the “real world.”  My … [Read more...]

My Cup Is Already Full

In focusing on my everyday life I find that I can unconsciously tune out the world around me.  Maybe I don’t check my e-mails or my Facebook page for a day or two, or don’t watch the news on TV.  I am not trying to be ignorant of what’s going on locally and globally, it just happens.  But I wonder sometimes if I am subconsciously tuning out.  I’d be lying if I said it didn’t feel good to “forget” about the suffering of others for a little while.  Why does it feel good?  Because when it comes to t … [Read more...]


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