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SuperMom and the International Move


// If any of you have made a life-changing move across cities, nations, or continents, then I’m sure you can relate to the whirlwind of activity that has been my life lately.

I am surprised, actually. I knew this was going to be a challenging season, but I didn’t expect the full gamut of emotions that we’ve been experiencing. Thank God we’ve had time to process this move with friends and family, out loud and not in silence.

The biggest surprise is what I’ve experienced concerning my writing and blogging. Have you noticed my absence lately? No, it’s not because I’ve stopped writing. Quite the contrary. I’m writing regularly and feverishly, but not all of it is meant for public consumption. Some things are just for my heart to hear.  

The truth is, fear stops me from sharing my journey with you. Fear because every time I go to press “publish,” I have visions of un-subscribe, un-friend, un-follow. How crazy is that!

But maybe that’s ok too. We’re all in different seasons, and we have different needs.

My process is such that I need to be authentic and real, and not pretend to be what I’m not. I don’t have mom advice right now. I have laughter and tears every day, and each minute is unique.

I need to adapt (there’s the theme word for today) what I do and write about, and OFFER WHO I AM TODAY…  now… in the middle of this crazy process.


So here I am….

SuperMom to the International Family

Packer, organizer, sorter, house seller. Taxi-driver, counselor, cook, cleaner. Wife, mother, friend, teacher. Worship leader, mentor, writer, business owner. Student, designer, dreamer, strategist.

  • SuperMom, not because I have it all together and feel fantastic all the time, but because I refuse to quit or lose faith in myself, this family, or my God. //
  • I’m SuperMom because I need to encourage myself before I can comfort those around me.
  • I’m SuperMom because I refuse to give up.

“In your strength, I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall. (Psalm 18:29 NLT)

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Don’t lose heart, my friend. You are Super too!

Signature, Shauna


SuperMom and the International Move

So, here’s the deal. I am taking this next while to write about what we’re doing… getting ready for an international move. Sorting, purging, selling, packing. And processing our hearts in the process.

If you’re looking for Mom Advice, check back in a few months. Life will get back to normal eventually.

In the meantime, I invite you to journey with us as we pack up 12 years of living and loving in South Africa and move back to the Great White North. Eish!




Every Friday, I join an inspiring group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the prompt word was ADAPT.

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9 replies
  1. jennifer
    jennifer says:

    We’re all in different seasons, and we have different needs.

    My process is such that I need to be authentic and real, and not pretend to be what I’m not. I don’t have mom advice right now. I have laughter and tears every day, and each minute is unique.

    These words of yours I totally can feel and believe as well. I’m in a season of re-defining as well. We are not presently moving, but we have considered it in the recent 2 years past. We chose to stay in the USA. We have lived in 3 states in our 16 years of marriage, and we also know the pains and specialness of moves. I pray you have continued strength and authenticity as you share this journey with your own heart privately with God and with the public. I read it! Love, JKC your FMF neighbor.

    • Shauna Blaak
      Shauna Blaak says:

      Awwww, thanks, Jennifer. Such a comfort to know we aren’t alone in this. Faithful God and encouraging friends. So many have gone before and have survived beautifully. I’m so grateful!

      I’d love to hear your best advice for ‘making a move and surviving with a smile’ 🙂

  2. Linda Hoye
    Linda Hoye says:

    While our international move four years ago was not as big as yours (we returned to Canada after living in the US for seven years) it was fraught will stress, activity, and administrative hoo ha. I look back and wonder that we survived it so I am only imagining what you’re going through. Hang on, lean in, all will be well.

  3. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    Sounds like exciting (and exhausting) times for you! I’m “consumed” with a (huge to me) international trip….I can only imagine if it were a move!!

  4. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser
    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser says:

    So good to see you again, Shauna! Praying for a smooth and joyous move and transition.

    I’ve undergone a few transitions, too…though I haven’t set foot outside the property for a year due to worsening illness. It’s changed me; knowing nothing now but the fight, I have become a different being.

    When monsters go to sleep at night, they fearfully check under the bed to see if I’m hiding there.


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