Hoarders

Hoarders

Years ago I was reflecting on culture shock, and reverse culture shock, and reverse reverse culture shock with some other expat women who have been doing this whole back and forth between cultures much longer than we have.  One gave some excellent advice that I have found so helpful.  She recommended making a list of … Continue reading

Supporting refugees in Lebanon

Supporting refugees in Lebanon

In many ways, the needs of refugees in Beirut have moved from the category of relief to development.  Now that’s not to say that there are not refugees who are hungry or in desperate need of shelter, because there certainly are.  But I’ve noticed a subtle shift in many organizations from providing food and clothing … Continue reading

Between two worlds

Between two worlds

Originally written for our May 2016 Picture of the Month email update Living between two worlds is exactly what the month leading up to Home Assignment feels like.  There is so much to do to prepare for a summer in the US – buying plane tickets, hotel and rental car reservations, taking prayer card pictures, … Continue reading

Perspectives on safety

Perspectives on safety

I was at a play place a few weeks ago chatting with another mom about our summer plans.  She made an off-hand comment about how play places like the one we were in made her nervous and how nice it must be to spend the summer in a safe place like America. At that particular … Continue reading

When old posts make me cringe

When old posts make me cringe

On the admin page of my blog, I can see the number of times each individual post is viewed on a daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly basis.  Sometimes an old post will get  views and I always wonder how someone ended up on that particular post.  Sometimes it’s pretty clear… the post I wrote … Continue reading

Brussel sprouts to the rescue!

Brussel sprouts to the rescue!

We are definitely in the “seriously how is it not summer yet” phase of life.  Isla actually cried about having to do her Arabic homework the other night, which if you know her at all is a pretty obvious clue that she’s done for the year. When I’m in a good rhythm I plan our … Continue reading

TBT: Second English

TBT: Second English

Originally posted on beautiful feet: the blog version:
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…

Public Transportation in Beirut

Public Transportation in Beirut

Public transportation is widely available in Lebanon.  It can be really cheap, and once you understand the system and have just a little bit of Arabic, it’s not too hard to navigate.  We didn’t have a car our first two years in Beirut and in all that time, we only rented a car once, to … Continue reading

Comparing SSCs

Comparing SSCs

I love my woven wrap.  But my wiggly toddler has absolutely no patience for back wraps these days… even the 30 seconds it takes to get him into a nice tight ruck is too long.  I also love my ring sling.  But as Luka gets heavier, it is less and less comfortable for more than … Continue reading