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...
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!!
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!
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.
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
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!
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...
I am blessed beyond measure with a wonderful husband, Jason, and four beautiful daughters, Abbey, Maddie, Naomi and Anabelle. We are living our dream of living and working cross-culturally in the Middle East. Life is an adventure and never dull. As a child of the Eternal King of Kings, held together in the palm of His loving hand, I am a work in progress, thankful to share my journey with anyone who wants to listen.