A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
You know you have some serious expat kids when your dinner consists of oatmeal and UHT milk and one of them says, “This is the BEST DINNER EVER!!” Ha!
Today was our first Sabbath day in Jordan. It is just so weird to go to church on a Friday morning right after the work week. I suppose it’ll take some time to really wrap my brain around it, but it is still just weird to me. It was nice, though. Since we don’t have a car, we decided to walk. It’s only about a kilometer away, so no big deal. The only problem is that there’s a big wadi (valley) between us and the church. Over that wadi is the famous Jordanian suspension bridge (Andrew and Peter call it 'The Golden Gate Bridge'--Ha!). There are no walking paths or sidewalks on the bridge, though, so we had to walk under it! I was expecting Grand Canyon-esque walkways: switchbacks over dirt and rocks while passing donkeys, camels and sheep. Not so. It was lovely! The switchback section was gorgeous!
The rest of the time, we either walked on dilapidated sidewalks, stairs, or roads. It was very cultural to me. One of those ‘little’ reminders that we’re in a foreign country that’s all new to us once again! Hi, we’re in the Middle East! How cool is that?!?!? We DID see some sheep, though, and some other cool views of the city from below and above:
We found the church no problem and most everyone knew we were coming. It was happy. We met lots of new people and had a nice time.
In Relief Society, they asked if anyone knew how to play the piano. Just out of habit, I raised my hand. Seriously, though, I don’t play the piano. I’ve played most of the hymns, though, after my 2 ½ year stint as the ward organist in Helsinki…but today, they asked me to play the ONLY hymn I had never played in Helsinki, and it was a doozy. Oh well. I’m not a sightreader even on a good day, and made it through with only a few major car crashes (and a LOT of minor ones…). Maybe since I played so bad, they’ll not ask me to do it again. However, Devin and I are both speaking in sacrament meeting next Sunday, so we’ve got that going for us… And a funny thing: There was a guy there today from my high school graduating class! Yah, that was weird to see someone I knew!
We’ve upgraded the kids’ room to a bunk room now. The GSO guys came today and put up another set of bunk beds and the kids are so happy to all be together! It makes ME happy that they like to be together! What a good bunch of kids I have. I have to be the luckiest mom in the whole world. Although, I may not have that thought running through my head when they wake each other up at 5am wondering if it’s morning yet, but such is the life.
Who Am I?
As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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