Have You Seen? {July 12, 2015}

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: Tips For Your First Year

Dear Future Teammate by M’Lynn Taylor — “As I sit here and type up a “Welcome Guide” for you, I feel like a parent attempting to prepare a kid to go off to college. We (your teammates who are here anxiously awaiting your arrival) have had a couple of meetings and even more conversations about what to put in this guide and how to word it just right. We’re super concerned about the balance of information. How do we give you enough information to empower you but not too much as to overwhelm you?”

Bulc Koob {Book Club} by Gnuoy Yma — We started The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and looked at the writing, the history lesson, and the peek into a family in our line of work. So good. Doog os.

The Freedom to Go Slow by Lauren Pinkson — “Foreign servants and our supporting fellowships. We depend on each other and yet we inject insurmountable portions of stress into each other’s lives.”

Tips for the Twenty-Something’s First Year Overseas by Hannah Kiefer — “Serving overseas takes an immense amount of adjustment and energy, and so does a college graduate’s transition to the “real world.” My year overseas felt like a double whammy of adulthood. Yet, the challenges God presented me with taught me vital lessons for first-year survival, and how to establish a support system.”

Three Hot Tips {The Grove: Tips For Your First Year} by Amy Young — “If you happen to be with cynical old-hands, please ignore their grumpiness. I admit, over the years it got harder and harder to be thrilled with new teammates reporting on using a squatty for the first time!!!! (The exclamations were them, definitely not me) down to every little detail. I get it. Your bladder was full, you were desperate, it smelled, urine came out, you lived. I’m very impressed.”

From Around the Web

We Break All the Rules When My Husband Is Out of TownWhat do you do?

Summer is the time for movies and Inside Out is this summer’s must-see movie for expat familiesAlso a good one for teams too.

Marilyn Gardner from A Life Overseas shares her Thoughts and Advice for a First-time Expat (how timely!) focuses on cultural adaptation. And Denise James from Taking Route shares 7 Years, 7 Reflections of a Life Overseas.

Telling My Story: Sexual Abuse on the Field is a must read for everyone of us.

This is a fun read on The Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Cakes overseas.

Karen Huber writes about all a TCK misses when they graduate overseas. She shares insights with her son’s permission. Great to have his perspective too.

Shelovesmagazine’s theme for this month is “slow” and two of their posts this week speak right to us and to the mysterious ways of the Kingdom: Slowly, Then All At Once and Ask Me in 10 Years.

Finally, 6.5 Myths About Expat LifeHappy reading! It was a rich and full week on the internet, wasn’t it?!

And Now For Next Week

The Theme is…

culture clash

Alrighty, we’ve got our tips for the first year or we’re reflecting on year 7 or we break all the rules when husbands are out of town.

And we know the work will be slowly, then all at once.

We’ve heard about culture clash, but the difference between hearing and experience can be as far apart as the edges of the Grand Canyon.

Some of the clashes are mere misunderstandings. Others, preferences based on culture. There will be times to lay down “our” way and bend and times to stick our grounds. This week we’re going to talk about all of the above. Silly, Serious, Good for us, Hard for us. It’s clash of the cultures week so be thinking about your experiences. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Join us at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST.  Bring your link ups, your thoughts, and wisdom when it comes to culture clash.

Photo Credit : Gratisography

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