The Expat Home

The children came home to find me sobbing on the couch. "The most amazing thing has just happened" I told them while smiling through the tears. If you happen to have a teen in your house right now you'll know the look they gave me. "Mum's lost it again. Here we go..." In my mind it was miracle. The message came through on the blog, via … [Read more...]

Don’t Apologize For The Good Bits

A girlfriend of mine removed her recent family holiday snaps from Facebook. I know this because I wanted to go back and have a second look, I was interested to see whether they'd tagged in the name of exactly where they stayed. The shots were, as they say, picture perfect. The beach looked beautiful, the food fresh, every shot said come to Asia … [Read more...]

Every Expat Parent Knows It…

Born in one country, living in another - the beginning of expat life. My first baby was 11 days old when we made our way to the airport. In those 11 days we'd taken part, like many before us, in the expat version of the Amazing Baby Race. From the moment our newborn had made an appearance my husband was on a mission - a series of challenges for … [Read more...]

Rescue Dogs Are Like a Box Of Chocolates…

When you rescue a dog you can never be too sure about what you're going to get. The beagle, a Texan, came from the Houston Beagle Rescue Association. An organization which appeared (from its website) to have dozens of middle-aged beagles with some serious baggage. Each beagle had an icon to click with a story to tell. "Her previous owners … [Read more...]

Boarding School – Here’s Our Truth

It was April last year when I wrote about our eldest heading to boarding school. The reality had arrived. I couldn't keep pretending it wasn't going to happen. We'd not only said it out loud but we'd paid the deposit (ouch) and it was time to get my head around it before she started at her new school in February. In Australia private schooling … [Read more...]

The Virtual Expat

I have moved into phase two of my expat and mothering life. No more baby groups or coffee mornings with a toddler at my knee. My children are sometimes out the door as early as seven in the morning to start school. They're pretty much left to their own devices when it comes to remembering to pack their clarinet or swimming gear (until someone can't … [Read more...]

So When Do You Get The All Clear?

A mate of mine called mid chemo, a man I've been friends with for over twenty years. He voiced his concern with an air of exasperation. "But when will you get the all clear?" It was the second time he'd asked and I wasn't providing the right answer. I was vague and ill prepared for the conversation. There seemed to be so much ahead of me … [Read more...]

The Oxygen Mask

Anxiety arrives in various forms with the arrival of any new baby. Even the most experienced of mothers will find herself questioning the sound of a cry, a change in appetite, or forehead temperature. An expat mother adds another layer to the unknown, she is often on her own, away from family and navigating a foreign health system. It was for … [Read more...]

Follow The Blinking Cursor

I began writing online in a hotel room, the natural habitat of a perpetual expat. With a blank page and a blinking cursor I typed the words with the idea of an online letter: We've made it! We are FINALLY here in Doha. We haven't quite arrived in the state we were hoping, the house in Houston is still on the market, the children don't have … [Read more...]

Sending Telstra a Telegraph (pole)

In a world of cancer treatment and discombobulated families it's important to have a giggle. Today's laugh out loud moment came courtesy of Andrew from Telstra. We've purchased a block of land, the plan is to now build a home for our family of six. Before any of this can start there are jobs to be done: land clearing, building approvals, septic … [Read more...]