Friday, March 15, 2013

Living with Children Overseas - Diane Dean White

Living with Children Overseas
By Diane Dean White of Florida

When our children were out of college, married and grandchildren started to arrive; I thought how nice to have everyone together for Sunday dinners. Our daughter and oldest, settled with her hubby in our home town, in Michigan. We moved to South Carolina for my husband’s work. Our oldest son followed, and our youngest son decided to leave the world of finance and get his Masters in Bible/Ministerial Studies in Chicago.

Diane's son and his wife who now live in Russia
A few years later he married, and before his marriage and then together with his wife he/they traveled to: Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Thailand, Japan, France, and fourteen other countries. They chose to go to Moscow to serve for three years. That was a long first three years for my husband and me. We were grateful for SKYPE and also the fact that our oldest son was living nearby at that time. 

In front of the Black Sea
Our daughter and family made frequent visits…and then their lives changed. Our son-in-law was given a three year work assignment in Shanghai, China over a year ago. We had moved to Florida and everyone got together for Christmas before they left. (I’ll admit I didn’t see that move coming). Due to severe back problems I’m unable to travel, or we’d really enjoy visiting around the globe.

Skiing near a 2014 Olympics site
When our son and his wife came home for their visa renewal from Russia and some vacation time, it was wonderful, but we also knew they’d be returning. They live in Sochi, Russia now, on the beautiful Black Sea. There may have been times I felt we prayed too hard, thus they were taken too far away? I had to deal with the fact that when we give our children to the Lord, He is in control. He’s their protector.

Preparation for the 2014 Olympics in Russia
Right now they are participating in Bible studies, English Clubs, sharing God’s love to those who never hear it, and are preparing for an outreach during the future 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi. 

Much building is going on and this area is so exciting…people from all over will be part of this beautiful area and wonderful event. We pray those who don’t know the Word of God when they come, will be open to hear it, as many are available to share His love. 

Gorgeous sunset over the Black Sea
Have you made a trip to Russia or the Olympics? Do you have a relative living overseas and can relate to Diane's story? Please join in the discussion in comments.

Diane is the author of Beach Walks and Carolina in the Morning. A former newspaper reporter, and weekly magazine columnist whose stories have appeared in a number of books, magazines and other publications and anthologies. 

She is a member of ACFW, and resides in Florida with her husband of forty years where she's working on her next book. 

You can read more of Diane's writing on her website,


  1. I can relate to Diane's story, except for me, I was the one leaving my safe harbor as I watched my grown kids and grandchildren wave good-bye on the shore. Sochi is special for me because we picked up Russian Jews on a WWII ship and transported them to Israel in 1995. I would love to be part of the 2013 Olympics in Sochi. Diane, your son and his wife are special; saying farewell to their safe harbor wasn't easy for them either, but God always blesses those who obey His call. I wish you smooth sailing and oceans of blessings, Sharon Leaf

    1. HI Sharon,
      True, your account of the trip you made and saying good-bye would have been hard. You endured a lot during your travels and for your mission on the WWII ship. I'm sure there's a place of ministry if you have the desire to would be a wonderful opportunity to serve. :)

    2. Wow, Sharon, what an experience on the WWII ship transporting Jews! That's a novel right there. I hope you've written down your story.

      Thanks for joining the conversation today! :)

  2. Diane...what a wonderful story you have shared with us today! You have an incredible family and it is delightful to get to know them a little better. God bless you & yours.

    1. Thank you so much, Dolores, it means alot to have you say that. I'm glad to
      share their journey~ Blessings, Diane

  3. Diane, I love your story. You are blessed with such a wonderful family. Thank you for sharing. Blessings, Michele

    1. Thanks, Michele. We miss them a lot,
      but know they are being used of the Lord, which is our prayer. :)

  4. Gosh Diane, it takes a great lady to let them go, the way that you have. I know that it has not been easy. I don't think I could sacrifice the way you have without a complaint. God bless and keep you, dear. You are in our prayers nightly, you and Steve. Jaye

    1. Thanks, Jaye~ I'm afraid I'm not brave. I try to take one day at a time and know through prayer God is watching all of our loved ones, and guiding their work. Thank you so much for your prayers...You're kind to include us all. :)

  5. Thanks for stopping in and commenting everyone!

    And thank you Diane for being my guest and sharing such a part of your heart with us. Your testimony is an inspiration to us on giving everything to the Lord and trusting Him through it all.

    God Bless and have a great weekend!

  6. Thanks so much for having me, Morgan.
    You've got a great blog and you have some
    wonderful travels of your own. Praying
    God continues to bless you with the
    desires of your heart.

    1. Thanks so much, Diane! We've got to stay in touch. :)

      God Bless you and all the ways He's using you for His Kingdom!