Monday Morning Emails

Monday Morning Emails: six months, twelve countries, a thousand thoughts – two mothers share the journey of living a global life

A continent apart, Jo and Terry Anne made the commitment to email each other every Monday morning for six months. Part memoir, part diary, part self-help, the result is a vulnerable and insightful recollection – the then and now – of expatriate life between two friends. Over the past twenty-five years, the authors have created homes for their families in 12 countries from Japan to Kazakhstan, Malaysia to the Netherlands, the US to India and Oman. Combined, they have raised five sons, supported their husbands’ careers, and cultivated their own passions in writing, publishing, mentoring and more.

Uplifting yet painfully honest, Monday Morning Emails delves into myriad of tough subjects including identity, parenting, Third Culture Kids, faith, rootlessness, traumatic childhood experiences, anxiety and depression. Jo and Terry Anne emerge from this candidly emotional exchange drawing joy and growth from facing life’s challenges before an ever-changing backdrop. And together they affirm that mothers are mothers, wherever home may be. With input and advice from experts, this book will enlighten, guide, and offer solace.




It is unique in topic and openness and never about blame, which is why it has such power.

Ruth Van Reken, author of Letters Never Sent and co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing up Among Worlds

Unique in topic and openness and never about blame

Big thanks yesterday to Lisa Ferland of  the Knocked Up Abroad books for her glowing review, which begins:

Every parent is afraid they are making a mistake when raising their children—abroad or domestically—and Jo Parfitt and Terry Anne Wilson are no different.

In their book, Monday Morning Emails, they often question if their decision to move their families frequently throughout their children’s childhood results in their children’s inability to cope with difficulty.

Read the rest of Lisa’s review here.

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