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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

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

General Security vs…. a three year old.

General Security vs…. a three year old.

We have to renew our residency permits every year.  The list of requirements is always changing – letter from our church here, paper with official stamps saying we will take financial responsibility for our children, signed paper saying we will not marry a Lebanese, and on and on.  But one thing we’ve needed consistently is … Continue reading

Follow me, Mama

Follow me, Mama

As I start this post Luka is sleeping in his bed.  I say start because I have no illusions that I’ll actually finish it in one sitting, but it’s significant that he’s in his bed.  Significant because he hasn’t slept in his bed in nearly a week.  His daytime naps he’s been wrapped close to … Continue reading

Ruby’s Boxtown

Ruby very randomly decided that she wanted a “girl-cow” birthday party this year.  I knew it could be a challenge finding things for a Western-themed birthday here in the Middle East, but was happy to be planning a non-princess party for a change! I decided to ditch the organized games this party.  As much as … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Ruby!

Ruby has been looking forward to being three for quite a while now so that she can get earrings, go to school and chew gum.  Her current favorite things are her sister, cold oatmeal, dresses that spin, babies and zert (dessert).  When Ruby grows up she wants to wipe herself when she poops and be … Continue reading

The snack plate

Ruby has always had a really hard time gaining weight.  Though she was the biggest of my three babies when she was born, she quickly fell to under 5% on the growth curve, at one point she had fallen off the chart completely.  She was diagnosed failure to thrive around a year, and though her … Continue reading

Interview with (another) 2 year old

Ruby is so excited to turn three.  She’s gonna “go to school, chew gum and get earrings.”  I’m also not-so-secretly hoping that she’ll also decide to be done nursing, but that’s for another post. But before she can start school… the all important interview!  Yes, for those of you new to the blog and outside … Continue reading

Ruby-isms

One night we were having a discussion about our family rules.  I asked the girls, “what are some of our family rules? Isla: No shooting.  Oh, I know!  No opening the door to strangers Ruby:  No opening the door to bears! —————————————————————- Ruby’s prayer one night: Thank you for Jesus dying on the cross all … Continue reading

Personalities and language learning

Before moving here, we just assumed that any kids we had would grow up speaking Arabic fluently.  We found out pretty quickly that living in the part of Beirut we do, it was going to take a lot more work for them to pick up the language than just the community exposure. As soon as … Continue reading