Little Friend

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”  ~Matthew 5:13-15; The Message~

2-month update on our Saudi Arabian adventure; The only thing that I can complain about with having another boy live in our house, is the bathroom!  My family is WELL-TRAINED when it comes to bathroom etiquette.  Put the seat down, pick up towels and wipe up water that you leave behind…..This has been the only struggle, I am sure that most of the problem lies with me, I don’t want to make Hamad uncomfortable, so I just don’t say anything…{totally unlike my nature to not assert myself.}

Other than the risk of falling in the toilet, and the water that is EVERYWHERE, things are going fabulously!  His English is improving dramatically, we are learning Arabic {incredibly difficult} and the food that he makes is AMAZING, not to mention the Arabic and Turkish coffee that he makes almost daily!  I told him yesterday that he can never leave because his coffee is right up there with manna from heaven!

Several people have asked me about the goat that lives in my freezer.  Hamad cooked it for us a few weeks ago, and I am happy to report that it was fantastic!  He made it similar to the way that his mother prepares it with: onion, tomato, olive oil and the goat,  mixed with Middle-Eastern spices. He cooked it in a pressure cooker and made rice to go with it, we ate like kings!……and my mom (who isn’t a wild meat-eater or super adventurous in her cuisine)  really liked it as well!  Yay for family who will set aside their comfort and take a chance on the unfamiliar!  While we were eating, Mercer yelled across the table, “Hey Hamad, I love your goat.”  I started laughing, never did I think that the words love and goat would be spoken around my dining room table!

Our boys LOVE him, he and Potter are especially bonded, Hamad picks him up, and snuggles him, ruffles his hair and calls Potter his–القليل من الأصدقاء (little friend).  Hamad took Cooper to pick out the new bike he had been saving for.  They spent the afternoon at Walmart, picking out the bike, buying a helmet, pads and a 2-year protection plan (that made me giggle.)  He and Kevin have bonded over tea, and they spend most evenings enjoying conversation and a cup of tea together!  I love this!

He and I work on his English and writing together, he is taking a writing class and needed help with a few papers….he pays me in Baklava from a place in Michigan, ohhhhhh my gosh, it’s amazing! The fingers are my favorite (click on the link, they’re the ones that look like logs! Incidentally,   Hamad just got our first paper back from the teacher and we got a 97% —>heck yeah!

Have a wonderful week!

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  1. What an incredible experience, and the experiences your sons gain from this will be with them for a lifetime. My family would host college students from a university in Boston, MA every summer that were from all corners of the country and the world. I’m still friends with some of them to this day. But the cultural exchange that occurred with their time here was an invaluable experience for all of us. I know it definitely broadened my horizons. 🙂

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