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5 Things I Am Grateful For This Week

1. We found a new helper! Thank you to recommendations of our previous helper’s friends, she is staying with us for a week now. And how I adore her. She’s young, very eager to learn, always cheerful and polite. Yesterday she asked how we like our coffee to be served. …

Happy Father’s Day To All Incredible Dads!

We’re back from another weekend in Tabuk City! While some chose a gift as cool as electric guitar complete with humbuckers , our family man chose to go off roading. Because it happens to be Father’s Day weekend and you know, we need to remind every Dad how cool and …

Rain, Roses, and Reviews: Welcome June!

A few things we’ve been up to lately and some goals for a brand new month: 1. Teach Little C the Happy Birthday song (and maybe start with Christmas carols too hihih!) for finally he is singing. He likes listening to music and songs and nursery rhymes but he sort …

The Misfit Strain and Sweet Exhaustion

If you must believe books and movies, I swear the weather in Kiangan is fit for vampires. Perennial dark clouds, damp weather that go on for days, foggy mornings, and cold, cold nights. I sometimes look at the surrounding mountains and trees and imagine Dimitri coming out of the woods …

Retired and Roughing It Up

“If we are to go around the area, it will take us one full day.” It is 10 o’clock Saturday morning of spring. Sun is warm but the shade of trees keep us cool. The sound of rushing spring water is everywhere. We drove about an hour through a narrow, …

Jubilations For #UAE43

National Day celebrations just keep getting better each year! For UAE’s 43rd birthday, we personally witnessed two world records in addition to two days of grand parade. And those events were only in Dubai. There’s more happening in the capital Abu Dhabi, I am sure.  Little C’s school celebrated days …