Second English

Even though she was born and raised in Lebanon, Isla’s first and strongest language is English. Honestly, we expected her to be both fluent in English and Arabic by this time.  We do live, after all, in an Arabic speaking country, and both her Daddy and I speak Arabic (though not fluently… yet! :)) There … Continue reading

The post after

The thing with blogs is… they should be current.  A lot has happened in the past few months that I’ve thought about blogging about, even written some of the posts in my head.  But I was running into two issues.  One, by the time I’d sit down to actually write the post, life had moved … Continue reading

Perceived safety

The streets of Beirut have felt more dangerous the past few weeks.  People are nervous.  Every car looks suspicious.  Everyone is anxiously wondering when and where the next one will be. But the reality is, you could be in Boston, London or Beirut when a bomb goes off.  Here in Lebanon, there is a higher … Continue reading

A dirty day in Beirut

I found a news article from 1997 that talks about the landfill in Naameh reaching capacity and constituting an “imminent environmental disaster.” Now in 2014 the residents of Naameh have finally had enough.  Apparently all the burning of trash is causing major health problems.  So they’ve staged a sit-in, blocking access to the dump. Which … Continue reading

Old things

For Christmas this year, Caleb and I decided that instead of getting each other gifts (do you have any idea how hard it is to find something for someone who brought 6 suitcases back from America?!?), we would do some projects around the house we’ve been wanting to work on for a while. In my … Continue reading

After the smoke clears

Six years ago, as we were deciding where exactly we would live and work, the whole idea of living in a country where time is marked by the last explosion was really difficult for me. I honestly wasn’t sure if I could handle a life where assassination points and explosions were used in giving directions … Continue reading


Long lay the world in sin and error pining Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!   “Do not be afraid!  I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in … Continue reading

Our love/hate relationship with Santa

Isla has never been a fan of Santa. Last year she was more than happy to sit on Santa’s lap when it was her Daddy, but wanted nothing to do with the Santa at the mall. Apparently this past week Isla saw Santa while she was on a field trip and wasn’t scared because her … Continue reading

Isla-isms, the four year old episode

My girls are napping, my husband is at a funeral, and I am sitting on the couch with not a whole lot to do for the first time in a long time.  This week has been full of Christmas parties, parent-teacher conferences (times 5!!), work with the girls, and a really great program for young … Continue reading