Raising Third-Culture Children: The Other Side

Many of my fellow Foreign Service bloggers have children and are raising them in the typical nomadic FS lifestyle. Many others in the Foreign Service don’t have children (myself included) but will probably have them one day. Signing up for this lifestyle requires taking a hard look at how this will affect not only youContinue reading “Raising Third-Culture Children: The Other Side”

Travel Orders, Or Lack Thereof

So, I figured it was time to come clean about something. It’s minor, really. As you know, this blog is based on the fact that my husband is in the Foreign Service and that I’ll be traveling the world with him (I should say “trailing” him around the world). I’ve also shared that our firstContinue reading “Travel Orders, Or Lack Thereof”

First-Post Tips for a Trailing Spouse: Part Two

ICYMI: Yesterday I posted Part One of “First Post Tips for A Trailing Spouse” with Dani at Hot Pot, who is preparing for Post No. 2 in New Delhi, India. She recently launched a new blog series, “Life Lessons from Overseas: Things I Learned as a ‘Diplomat’s’ Wife,” based on her first post in Chengdu,Continue reading “First-Post Tips for a Trailing Spouse: Part Two”

First-Post Tips for a Trailing Spouse: Part One

As soon as I discovered this global community of FS bloggers, I’ve been pondering doing an interview post on their experiences as a “trailing spouse” and tips for first-timers like me. After stalking reading a few blogs, I decided to reach out to Dani at Hot Pot, who has just finished up her first postContinue reading “First-Post Tips for a Trailing Spouse: Part One”

Being Here Now

I almost titled this post, “Am I making a huge mistake?” But I didn’t want to alarm anyone (my husband) or be overdramatic.I am truly very excited about all these changes in our life. This wasn’t always the case, though. If I could trace the trajectory of my feelings about Foreign Service life, it wouldContinue reading “Being Here Now”

Foreign Service Blog Round Up: Chaos

Well hello, bandwagon.I knew I wasn’t the only person who thought of the brilliant idea to start a blog chronicling my adventures abroad as a Foreign Service spouse. I have discovered that there is an entire community of Foreign Service bloggers — blogs by FSOs themselves (State & USAID), blogs by their spouses and partners,Continue reading “Foreign Service Blog Round Up: Chaos”

Entertaining as a Foreign Service Wife

My husband and I have received many generous engagement and wedding gifts. Like all newlyweds excited about finally having matching place settings, serveware and table linens, we are looking forward to hosting friends and family for dinner in the coming months.