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Easter in Dubai

Today is Easter Sunday in Dubai. This morning the Dubai Ralston’s woke at 4:45am and headed to Kite Beach for our church’s sunrise service. It was beautiful. The pale yellow moon was still up, looking very full and very close. … Continue reading

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On the Road to Bethlehem

This week as I read Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus, I was reminded of my first hour in Dubai. It was July of 2010 at Dubai International Airport. I had come to meet my husband so we could … Continue reading

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Home Away From Home

Have you ever been falsely accused? Have you ever felt the accompanying stings of rejection and ridicule? Whatever the circumstance may have been, it was a terrible feeling, wasn’t it? Be it an incidence in traffic, a misunderstanding with our … Continue reading

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Visit to a Distant Planet

Imagine. It is the ultimate expat assignment. The boss asks you to leave your home and move to a distant land with an alien culture. You are given a specific message to communicate and a critical task complete. To do … Continue reading

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Why We Sacrifice

The following essays are dedicated to the men and women who have served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces in honor of Veteran’s Day ~ 11/11/11 It is not the critic who counts, not the man who … Continue reading

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The Road More Traveled

Expat Women: Confessions – 50 Answers to Your Real-Life Questions about Living Abroad Reflections from the Road I have returned to Dubai after a long summer filled with remodeling, traveling, catching up with family and friends, and sending the littlest … Continue reading

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Leaving and Cleaving – Reflections for Father’s Day

Leaving and Cleaving Chains do not hold a marriage together.  It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.  ~Simone Signoret And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he … Continue reading

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Plaid Bags and Providence

This essay is dedicated to my husband in appreciation of his game face. Plaid Bags and Providence  For the Christian, there are, strictly speaking, no chances. A secret Master of the Ceremonies has been at work. C.S. Lewis Providence – … Continue reading

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Texpat Travel and a Ralston Ritual

As we prepared to move to Dubai in the summer of 2010, one of the things that filled me with anticipation was the travel possibilities promised by my expatriate friends.  It’s true, one of the greatest benefits of expatriate life … Continue reading

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Courage

       Hannah(right) and Morgan – MESAC Softball Championship Courage  Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. I Corinthians 16:13-14(NIV) The whole of Paul’s instruction to the Corinthian church in … Continue reading

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