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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

I Run for Peace. For Family. For Community.

I Run for Peace. For Family. For Community.

As we stood crammed together at the starting line for the Beirut Marathon, I actually found myself tearing up as the announcer alternated between two mini-speeches to the thousands of parents and children waiting to run.  “Please, be very, very careful, there are very small children at the front, do not shove, do not push, … Continue reading

Balcony composting

Balcony composting

Recycle, reduce, reuse.  All school children learn it, but until the garbage crisis hit Lebanon, it didn’t seem to be high on the list of priorities for many.  We’ve been recycling plastic and paper for a few years now, although we’ve lost trust in the company we were going through and still searching for a … Continue reading

Seriously?!? photos of the week

Seriously?!? photos of the week

I know that in many parts of the world, they are considered a delicacy…. but I’m pretty sure these guys were collected off the street after the first big rain. I actually saw a lady buying some!  After a brief google search, I learned that you can actually eat any snails as long as you … Continue reading

Red carpet grocery shopping

Red carpet grocery shopping

A few weeks ago in one of the mommy groups I’m part of online, a lady posted about her desire to move to Lebanon.  She’s Lebanese but has only lived in Canada, but dreams of bringing her family back to her homeland.  I’ve seen this conversation happen many times before, but this was the first … Continue reading

Vacationing with a TCK

Vacationing with a TCK

Every month we send out a picture of the month update.  Our August update about our vacation got a lot of responses from friends of ours who also live overseas and are raising Third Culture Kids.  I thought I’d share it here too, as it’s a better forum to dialogue and share ideas (though most … Continue reading

Garbage crisis commentary by the 3 year old

Garbage crisis commentary by the 3 year old

A few days after we traveled, Beirut’s only landfill closed and the contract with the trash company ran out.  The government had made no plans to find a new place to dispose of the city’s trash, nor had they planned anything by way of garbage collection. So the garbage piled up on the streets.  I’m … Continue reading