Market day

When I was in Ecuador three years ago, we had a tour of Old Quito. In the Plaza San Fransisco, I felt sure that I remembered being there on market day. I asked the young tour guide about the market that I remembered and pointed to where I thought it had been. He said, “No, … More Market day

The time Grandma made breakfast for the president of Ecuador

My father’s parents Paul and Orpha Rhoades lived all their lives in a small farming community in Illinois. My aunt says that they did not see much of the world but the world came to them. My Grandma Rhoades cooked for everyone from church executives to refugees from Easter Europe. But the Christmas of 1952, … More The time Grandma made breakfast for the president of Ecuador

About Me

I am a retired pediatric nurse practitioner and grandmother of four little boys. I spent the first 14 years of my life as a missionary child in Ecuador under the Church of the Brethren. In 2014, I had the life-changing opportunity to return to the community where I grew up and spend ten days with … More About Me


I was a missionary kid (MK). I always knew that. Now I also know that I am part of the broader category of Third Culture Kids (TCK).David Pollock and Ruth Van Reken describe TCKs as “children who spend a significant period of their developmental years in a culture outside of their parents’ passport culture…” We struggle … More MK/TCK

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