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

Candyland birthday

Candyland birthday

We moved into our new house just a few weeks before Ruby’s birthday.  While we are really happy in our new place, we desperately miss our balcony.  It was as close to a yard as you can get in Beirut and the kids could spend hours outside playing after school.  It also was the one … Continue reading

Groceries on your doorstep

Groceries on your doorstep

Lebanon is the land of delivery. You can order almost anything and have it delivered to your door. There’s the expected: pizza, McDonalds, sushi, mana2ish. Then there is everything else, ranging from the strange to “why didn’t I come up with that!”: dry cleaning, DVDs, a lady to wax your legs, a phlebotomist to draw … Continue reading

Normally I’m against torture…

Normally I’m against torture…

There’s something about a new year that gets me all nostalgic.  Or maybe it’s because I’ve finally updated to the new iOS which no longer supports iPhoto and so all 48 thousand photos I had nicely organized are now in one jumbled mess and have required hours of sorting… I’m not annoyed about that, no. … Continue reading

The Muslim response to terror

There is no clearer place to see the depravity of man than in the comments section of online articles.  I tell myself every time I get sucked in to them that I should never have started reading in the first place. But to be quite honest, when stuck under a nursing baby, I’ll pretty much … Continue reading

Monster birthday

Monster birthday

We kept Luka’s first birthday pretty low key.  I’ve always said that the first birthday is more for the family to celebrate making it through a year than anything else, so we decided to have a small family party for Luka.  We invited the closest people we have to family here in Lebanon for a … Continue reading

Words are cheap. Do something.

Words are cheap. Do something.

I have been heartsick over the way the tragedy in Paris has so quickly been turned into an opportunity to spew hatred against the most vulnerable – those fleeing the same evil that blew themselves up in the heart of Europe. I thought about writing a post about what I believe a Christian response should … Continue reading

Mourning from the Middle

Mourning from the Middle

On Thursday evening, Beirut was attacked by suicide bombers. Did you know that? 43 dead, hundreds wounded. My Facebook newsfeed was quickly filled with people frantic for news of friends and family, soon followed by the faces and names of those murdered. The father who tackled the third bomber, saving hundreds of lives, but losing … 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