He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress and for his children it will be a refuge.
Proverbs 14:26

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Day 71

October 24, 2016

This is "us" watching the season premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead.  Yeah, usually I would be beside Jason but I spent almost the entire episode pacing asking him what was happening and if it was safe to look again yet (it never was).  

Day 70

October 22, 2016

All family members will be home today for as long as 2 weeks- yay!  Enjoyed a beautiful morning run/walk at the park with Naomi.  This is about as "fall" as the colors get in Amman.  We're thankful for every little bit of color!!

Day 69

October 22, 2016

Mom wasn't feeling much better on this day!  Thankfully Naomi snapped a few pics while on face time with cousin Sarah Ann!

Day 68

October 21, 2016

When Dad is traveling, older girls are at an overnight youth retreat and mom is sick in bed all day, the best pic of the day is calling the little girls in and taking their picture before they put themselves to bed!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Day 67

October 20, 2016

Big girls off to a youth retreat, little girls snuggling daddy for his 30 hours at home before the next trip!

Day 66

October 19, 2016

On the way to the airport to pick up Daddy!  5 minutes prior little bit was belting out all the songs as loudly as humanly possible!

Day 65

October 18, 2016

HERE'S todays picture- a video of the constantly singing AB..

Day 64

October 17, 2016

Only picture today is Naomi's weekend homework assignment.  But that is very much the story of our lives!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Day 63

October 16, 2016

Maddie discovered a yummy new fall recipe today- pumpkin pie pop tarts with maple glaze- pretty time consuming but yummy!!

Day 62

October 15, 2016

Today I got to go with the older girls school to a community service project.  They visited the Humane Society outside of Amman.  We were actually pretty impressed by all they are doing with abandoned or abused animals. And of course at the end of our visit we got to love on some of the cuties...

And an amazing sunset to top off the day...

Day 61

October 14, 2016

To be fair, this was barely October 14 (somewhere around 12:10 AM) but it was my only picture from the day so it has to count.  When you're turning out the lights to the house and find a cockroach the size of your hand (only slight exaggeration if you consider length of it's little feeler thingies...) on the wall, what do you do?  Yell for the only person in the house who can kill it without totally freaking out.  That would be Abbey, who is currently my hero...

Day 60

October 13, 2016

Remember a few days ago the picture of Maddie destroying my kitchen sink in one swift pull of her "boy muscle" (as the nurse at school said) arms...  I was so proud the next day to immediately have a plumber come out and fix it.  

Until this day when I discovered it was not entirely fixed and anytime hot water ran, there was a major leak.  Plumber returning tomorrow...

Day 59

October 12, 2016

Pictures still being taken daily!  Just off my posting game with Jason traveling...

Kind of boring pics anyway.

Cultural victory today.  I took a picture of our shower filter today to attempt to go and find another one.  Given that my hair is coming out again like a sheepdog, I think it's probably time to replace it as I seem to be losing the battle with the chorine content in our water.  

Score!  Didn't get this kind but was able to communicate in the almost all men hardware store what I needed and get something similar (I hope!).  Hey, these kinds of victories are very much part of our day to day life!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Day 58

October 11, 2016

Just a little baking fun...

And then the aftermath.  I'm almost asleep and Maddie is cleaning up her mess and I hear, "Uh oh, UHHHH Mom?  Can we call Uncle Craig?"  Uh no, no we can't. He is out of town just like dad!  WHAT DID YOU DO?

Child doesn't know her own strength!  Yanked the sink into pieces!
(in her defense it was probably on it's way out anyway...)

Day 57

October 10, 2016

Apparently girls can relieve stress by throwing a ball too...

Day 56

October 9, 2016

Mia's morning wake-up call to Anabelle- the one who gives her treats.  Gets a little annoying when we're all trying to sleep in for the first time in forever!

Day 55

October 8, 2016

I have been taking pictures each day- just haven't gotten around to posting them...

First school dance of the year!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Day 54

October 7, 2016


Meanwhile Naomi decided she wanted her hair straightened...

Day 53

October 6, 2016

Somebody disovered sponge rollers and was super excited to see what the results would be...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Day 52

October 5, 2016

Lots of homework happening...

Day 51

October 4, 2016

Nighttime unwinding.  Introducing Jason to Parenthood...

Monday, October 3, 2016

Day 50

October 3, 2016

A quiet evening...

Day 49

October 2, 2016

"Mom, I'm drawing the whole movie of Frozen."....

Day 48

October 1, 2016

These girls.  They kill me.  Sleepovers get a little interesting.  These were the absolute tamest of the pictures taken.  The others I promised to only share with their mom...