Have You Seen? {August 4, 2019}

Welcome to Have You Seen? We’ll review last week and share other posts from around the web. Enjoy rest and renewal while you cozy up for some soul-food reading. 

Last Week’s Theme: Travel

An Epic Tale of Texans, Tacos and Guns by M’Lynn Taylor—”As my husband pleaded to be permitted to return to the ticket counter to check the bag, the straight-forward response from the security officer (who was now flanked by three additional security officers) was ‘Sir, please come with me.’ I stood there with my three children (aged 2, 6 & 8) and watched them escort my husband out of the area, suddenly realizing he was carrying ALL FIVE of our passports. All I could do was wait and pray that they would view the situation with humor and not wrath.” 

The Release {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”They know nothing because they choose not to. The Giver has said before that he wishes the elders would consult him more. But they know nothing, and since they don’t know what they don’t know, they have no motivation to ask the Giver for more wisdom. All they know is that the wisdom he has comes from memories, memories are painful, and pain is bad. But the Giver says, ‘The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.’ ”

Tips for Traveling With Kids by Ashley Felder—”Our family has traveled with 1, 2, and 3 kids, from 5 weeks old to now 10 years old. Each cross-world trip has had its frustrating moments, but I’ll nod my head in agreement with all those who say it does get easier as your kids get older. Last year, traveling back to the US with kids ages 9, 6, and 3.5 was literally the first time I didn’t pace the aisle, consoling a kid. It was also the first time I watched a movie in its entirety—not without interruptions—but I watched a movie! Traveling with kids, especially young ones, can be excruciating. Here are the nuggets of wisdom we’ve gained over the years.”

The Stranger {The Grove: Travel} by Monica F—”And when you least expect it, God provides the Stranger- the one who steps in during a moment of chaos, confusion, or calamity. They SEE you and change the course of your travels for the good, or at least offer a moment of relief (yes, even the bathroom). The offering of a seat, picking up a dropped wallet, sharing a snack, interpreting, a smile.”

From Around the Web

Cross-Cultural Economics

The Guilt Trip

If You Send an MK Some Cookies

Four Simple Ways to Practice Hospitality

The Expat “Second Year Slump”

Sleeping Under the Stars: Cross-Cultural Camping Adventures

Finally, Waiting Is a Kind of Hope

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

It is that time again.

So many transitions take place this time of year, as people pack up and return after home assignment or get on a plane for the very first time. During the month of August, picture us rolling out the red carpet, putting out a big welcome mat and saying, “We are here for you. We get it.”

Maybe you’ve already been on the field for awhile, but need some encouragement as you manage team issues, changing expectations or a fresh wave of culture shock. Or you might feel like an old pro. No matter what, we value your insight, your encouragement and your words!

Starting us off this week we want to say, “Welcome to this space!” Yes, this space right here. Whether you are new to Velvet Ashes or you’ve been a part of this community since the very beginning, join us as we celebrate all the various ways that connection happens around here. Learn more about who we are, what we offer to you, and how you can be involved.

What does Velvet Ashes mean for you? What questions do you have for us, so that we can better serve you? Join us for some fun blog posts this week as we introduce ourselves, and stay tuned for our last blog post of the week where we want you to introduce yourselves to us! You can do the same on Instagram this week with the hashtag #VelvetAshesWelcome! We are so glad you are here.

1 Comment

  1. Phyllis August 4, 2019

    I am going to be completely honest and admit that VA’s links to incourage.me sometimes make me grumpy, since that seems to be a site for North American women. (Or do I live in the only country blocked by incourage.me?) But this week I went ahead and figured out a VPN option and read the link, and now I have to say THANK YOU to you for linking. I really needed it.

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