TCK in transition. But not really.

We’re taking a little vacation tomorrow.  So excited to have nothing to do but sit on the beach, swim in the pool and of course, take a trip to Ikea! The girls are excited too… it’s been really interesting to see Isla “prepare” for this trip.  Our little TCK is getting to be a pro … Continue reading

Lost in Translation – religious sentiments

  It’s not uncommon for vehicles to be sporting some sort of phrase.  Often a tribute to a martyr or a phrase defining one’s driving style take over a back windshield.  Probably most common, however, are the religious sentiments….

World Cup Fever: Go…. Texas!?!

The first time I went to Texas, I remember being on the freeway between Dallas at the airport and being in awe at the number of massive flags at every car dealership and restaurant we passed.  These American and Texas banners were the largest flags I’d ever seen (until I traveled to Turkey!) and I … Continue reading

Sanayeh, recreated!

For the past two years, Sanayeh Garden, one of the few public parks in Beirut, has been under renovation.  We were so excited when it finally opened back up a few weeks ago.  It’s a five minute walk from our house, it’s free, and it’s green… what more could you ask for in the middle … Continue reading

The best laid plans…

While my friends were doodling baby names and hearts with the initials of the boys they liked on their class notes, I was designing my orphanage. I had the layout all planned out by the time I’d graduated high school, and finished up my plans during some of my less-than-exciting classes in college.  I always … Continue reading

Port-a-potty Maid

  Only in Beirut! (Not that I’m complaining.  I’m pretty sure that port-a-potty was cleaner than our bathroom at home!!)

The 7 year itch (just a few years early)

I’ve now lived in Beirut longer than I’ve been in any one place since I was nine years old.  It’s almost like it’s built into my DNA to start all over every couple of years. We’re here and it doesn’t look like we’ll be leaving anytime soon… but I have an itch for change.  I … Continue reading