Hi there! My name is Elise. This is my personal blog where I like to share my thoughts and my heart.
My husband, daughter and I are Americans who currently live in South Korea. If you’re interested in reading more about our lives abroad, you’re welcome to check out the Tumblr page we have HERE. Before coming to Korea, I lived in Idaho for five years, completing my bachelor’s degree and getting married along the way. The Northwest was wonderful – it’s expansive, unique, and full of new places to explore. I enjoy spending time outdoors (biking and hiking), traveling, cooking, and reading.
The name “girl without a country” comes endearingly from my father-in-law, who describes me as such. I moved away from home in the Midwest in 2006 to go to school in the West, and not long after my parents also moved far away from my hometown. Now I’m living on the other side of the world and life looks much different than it used to. It’s easy to feel that I am a bit homeless, as anyone who has moved at least once in their life knows, things change when you leave a place. People change; and ultimately, you change as well. My ongoing struggle is to attain this: “Do what you can with what you have where you are.” -Theodore Roosevelt
I also compare the idea of countryless-ness with a passage in the Bible, in which St. Paul describes the position of people of faith (in this passage, the descendants of Abraham):
13All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. –Hebrews 11
So, in a sense, I’ll be a girl without a country until I die… but that’s okay with me.
Thanks for stopping by – and I’d love to hear from you and get to know you if I don’t already!