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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Day 276

May 17, 2017

This came home with us today and is taunting me in our hallway...

Day 275

May 16, 2017

Strawberries in season calls for homemade strawberry shortcake!

Day 274

May 15, 2017

Maddie sent me a picture of her current art project at school- black and white drawings with chalk.  As someone with little to no artistic ability, it truly amazes me that she drew this with her own two hands!  A border collie in honor of Jason and my first baby, Sam...

Day 273

May 14, 2017

One of our favorite things about living in Jordan is the amazingly unique hikes we can find.  There are many "wadi's" or "valley's" throughout the country and usually have very beautiful scenery.  For Mother's Day we hiked one close to the Dead Sea with some friends.  This particular one had super hot natural springs and by the end we were very thankful to find cool pools of water to swim in as well!!

Day 272

May 13, 2017

Cleaning out closets etc as we prepare to go to the states for the summer and get Abbey's stuff packed up has resulted in lots of walks down memory lane.  Obviously this wasn't taken today, but I came across this little jewel and couldn't resist!  

Day 271

May 12, 2017

Because why not?...

Day 270

May 11, 2017

My baby girl turns 6 today!  Man time flies!  No party today since it's the middle of the week but she was up bright and early super excited about taking cupcakes to school!

Day 269

May 10, 2017

I have no idea, but apparently it was funny...

Day 268

May 9, 2017

Just a little peak into how well Mom is coping with Abbey leaving home...

Day 267

May 8, 2017

Picked up these beauties today...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Day 266

May 7, 2017

Home, home, so good to be home!  After another 12 hour layer in Qatar, we finally made it home Sunday night.  

This little girl and one of the many members of our village who took care of our family while we were traveling were anxiously awaiting our arrival from the airport...

Day 265

May 6, 2017

Time to disembark!  So thankful for this amazing experience and at this point so ready to get home to our girls!  Sadly it would be almost 36 hours before we would make it home.  We disembarked around 9 AM and our flight home didn't depart until 9 that night.  

We enjoyed killing some time wandering around Singapore.  We pretty much stayed in one area but it was lovely and very enjoyable.

Day 264

May 5, 2017

Our last day on the ship and we stopped at Malacca, Malaysia.  We wandered around the city, did a little shopping, of course found a local coffee shop  and headed back to the ship.  It was pretty rainy on and off but still a fun place to explore and the cooler air from the rain was kind of a welcome change.  

Cute little coffee shop.  I wasn't in the mood for coffee but they had a yummy mango smoothie 

Last night on the ship!

Day 263

May 4, 2017

Today was a full day at sea as we continued to travel through the waters of Malaysia.  Lots of laying out by the "pool" that was oh so small but perfect if you needed to cool off, card playing, reading and one of my favorite parts: climbing the mast to the first platform and climbing out on the nets at the front of the ship over the water...

These dear longtime friends were on the ship with us and it was so fun making these memories with them!

 All the food, so so much food, all the time...

 And yet another beautiful sunset!

Day 262

Wednesday May 3

We left Thailand and arrived in Penang, Malaysia today.  The city of Georgetown here is most famous for it's street food which we did not experience because we went on one of the ship excursions to hike a rainforest.  I, personally loved the rainforest hike although I think Jason would have preferred to explore the city a little more.  We did manage a walk to Starbucks after our rainforest hike.  

 We looked back and this little guy had joined us about halfway through the hike...
 This was our little rainforest guide who was a wealth of information about  black goop dripping out of plants that could poison you, lizards that could paralyze you with their tongues and all sorts of other lovely things!

The original camouflage tree- these were everywhere- so cool!
One of the two below was a gum tree- can't remember which!  

 We came out of the forest onto this beautiful beach.  
 There was an area where they are rescuing and taking care of sea turtles.
 We took a boat back around to "monkey beach"

 Back on the boat after our Starbucks run in Penang and we were treated to a beautiful rainbow over the city just before sunset...