Carrien Blue

Wife of one, mom of 4, whom I home school, co-founder of, a non-profit caring for refugee communities and children at risk in northern Thailand and working to create a replicable model for financially self-sustaining orphanages. I write about parenting, faith, food, marriage, my journey toward strength and what we can do to change the plight of children all over the world.

An Embarrassment of Riches

She carefully hands me the coins she has swept up from the corners of my bedroom, this change I didn't even notice was missing. The way she holds them and places them in my hands tells me that she would notice. Her life is so hardscrabble and close to the edge compared to mine that these few coins would make a difference for her.I make the girl fold and put away their own clothes, sort out all the tangle that they just stuff onto their shelves repeatedly ....more

Faery Swap - A book review

One of the awesome things about the internet is that it makes it possible for you to be friends with so many people you might not meet in real life. Like a former rocket scientist and aerospace engineer turned speculative fiction author. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything that I have read that Susan Kaye Quinn has written ....more


You guys, I have a confession to make. I'm a little embarrassed about it, to tell the truth. I'm worried you won't understand ....more


If you want to adapt quickly to a subtropical climate I highly recommend showing up 7 months pregnant at the height of the hot season and live without air conditioning. Half an hour after Dek was born, just after I got out of the shower I felt something I had almost forgotten existed, a chill. It was still pretty warm out, but that early morning air for the first time felt comfortably cool ....more

It's on me

He took me out for ice cream for my birthday, trying on phrases in the same way he’s trying on manhood for the first time this year. “It’s on me,” he says in the card. He’ll pay, with money he earned ....more

Of Beggars and Boys, and Becoming Men

Sunday night on our way home from the market the clutch went on our car. We pulled over at the first place that seemed like it might have some of the things we needed for a repair. We hadn't eaten dinner yet, and it was getting late, and the car wasn't going anywhere anytime soon, so I ran into 7/11 to get some food type things to tide hungry children through the wait for a ride ....more

Little is 7!!!

Seven!!! No way. You are too tiny and little to be 7 ....more

Happy New Year From Thailand!!!

We were privileged to celebrate the New Year with the children at the nearby Grace Home, run by our good friends at Compassio. They had Mukake, Thai BBQ, and movies and sugar so all the kids had a lot of fun. (Some of the sugar was our fault because we had a giant Christmas party the night before and people brought so many khanome (Thai for snacks) and bottles of sweet drinks that we had a huge surplus ....more

Rainy Afternoon Musings

It started pouring rain this afternoon, washing the air from the smoke of burning rice stubble. Down in the fields I can still see the fires burning, but we can't smell them anymore. It's odd to have rain in cold season, and I'm reveling in it.The two oldest kids are off to Bangkok with their Aaron to renew their passports ....more

Growing up

He’s only half awake, angry, because he wet the bed, and he doesn’t usually but he’s been sick, and he’s so eager to be a big kid this week.I take him to the bathroom to shower off and he has to go potty first, sick tummies lead to many potty emergencies. “Mommy, go out!” He commands. He’s three and he doesn’t want my help in the bathroom anymore ....more