When Your Work Is Taken Away From You

Last week, my family and I took a vacation out to Colorado (which made it quiet around the blog). We survived the worst road trip in America (icy roads, freezing rain, a one-hour delay on the interstate, and a very unhappy toddler) and spent a week at Pagosa Springs, my childhood vacation spot. It was refreshing and low-key, with lots of time lying on the couch watching Food Network and reading books - just my type of holiday.

But I'm ready to dive back into real life - work, laundry, friends, and dreaming up what 2016 might hold. 

In the meantime, here's a guest post just published today over on A Life Overseas, a blog for cross-cultural workers that was a lifeline during our years in Cambodia. It's the same post published on the Redeemer blog last month, but I wanted to share it in case you missed it the first time around. 

My husband and I moved to rural Cambodia in March 2011, and through the summer of 2012, I volunteered in a missionary clinic as a registered nurse. I helped set up the clinic, registered patients, assisted with procedures, and visited patients in their homes— a volunteer job that was meaningful and fulfilling. I was also finishing my bachelor’s degree in nursing online.

But in June 2012, the missionary doctor closed the doors of the clinic and went home for a year’s furlough. I continued studying online and volunteering with small projects, but my world of work and influence shrank. After I finished my online studies in December, I found myself a very reluctant housewife with a blank calendar and few commitments.

Read the rest here, and as always, please leave a comment with your thoughts. I love hearing back from you.