Today I’m announcing a new guest post series and giving a call out for submissions.

It is something precious and dear to me, and something I am currently navigating my way through, and something I have so much to learn about.

The series will be on the wide-open topic of Third Culture Kids. The title is Painting Pictures, taken from Sara Grove’s song Painting Pictures of Egypt. The goal is to create and provide word (and image) pictures of the tapestry of experiences involved with being or loving a TCK. There are loads of quality resources available – blogs, books, websites, conferences, songs – and we’ll share those over the series as well.


by Graziella Leblanc, a Djibouti-based painter, interviewed for the Djibouti Post

There are all kinds of viewpoints

Being a TCK (young, teenage, college, adult)

Parenting a TCK

Married to a TCK

Friend/coworker/roommate of a TCK

Educating a TCK

Counseling a TCK

Child of a TCK

Grandparent of a TCK…


And all kinds of perspectives








And all kinds of experiences, from highly positive to devastatingly negative.


I want to hear and share all of it.

Next week I’ll tell you more about this painting above and why I chose it as the image for this series. The series officially starts in two weeks and you will not, will not, want to miss the opening post. I am beyond thrilled and honored that this particular writer has agreed to launch the series but I’m going to make you wait to find out who it is.

So, what do I need from you? I know there are a ton of people I don’t know but need to hear from. Sometimes the conversation on TCKs, both in real life and in blog spaces, seems dominated by Americans or by faith-based folks. I’ve heard from military kids and career kids that they have felt left out. I want to include all aspects. I also want to include a global perspective. A TCK is not just an American child raised elsewhere. Its an Indonesian child raised in Kuwait. A South African in China. Hopefully we’ll be able to hear from a wide variety.

Please email me or leave a comment if you are interested in contributing, if you know someone I should contact, if you have questions or topics you’d like to see covered, if you have resources…

painting2I am making a commitment to my own Third Culture Kids and to readers of Djibouti Jones to learn and listen and speak and pray with an extra-intentional focus over the course of this series, for however long it lasts. Will you join me?