For us who live overseas, summer is a much-anticipated time of visiting family and friends in our home country. We are excited for many reasons, to shop at familiar stores with clothing in our size, to indulge ourselves in our favorite foods, to drive a car (maybe for the first time in months), and of course to spend time with our loved ones. In the end, we make the trip (30 hours of travel for me) on a plane with our babies and tons of luggage, to see you - our beloved family and friends. This will be my first year making that journey, and as I look forward to it with anticipation, I also have in my mind those words of warning from close friends who have told me that while they are excited to visit, these trips are often laced with disappointment and some difficult emotions.
So, as we enter this season of traveling across the world to see our friends and family, I offer these tips, from someone in the field, as to how to show your loved ones who are coming home that you love them.
If you have family visiting from overseas, or if you are the one doing the visiting, I hope that you are both blessed and that you are a blessing to others. Please share your experiences in the comments, I would love to hear!
Melanie and her husband Joel live and do ministry in Bangkok, Thailand. She is mommy to baby Claire and a graduate of Denver Seminary with a degree in Intercultural Ministry. She enjoys traveling, reading and discussing theology, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves the adventure that comes with living every day in another culture.
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