“Mom, moving is too hard for me!” she says through sobs and tears, late into a night of jet lag. I know, my girl, it’s hard for me too.
“Mom, we can go ICE SKATING any time we want to!” I know, my girl, isn’t that great?
“I don’t think I can be fancy like the people here.” I know, my girl, me neither.
“This place is so beautiful!” I know, my girl, it’s amazing!
“I just want to go home, but we don’t have a home.” I know, my girl, I want a home too.
Raising a third-culture kid (TCK) is wonderfully difficult. And yet, aren’t we all to some degree TCKs? We live here, somewhere in this world, but it is not our home – not truly the home of anyone who has had their heart captured by heaven and the sweet Savior who is preparing such a true home for us. I pray for my girls as they experience all these transitions early in life that it will be one of the things that draws their hearts in faith to the Savior and his heavenly home.
For more thoughts on TCKs, I highly recommend a blog post by my dear friend Lisa La George. And yes, I’m pretty sure some of her examples are taken right out of the experiences of our last couple months!