Thursday, April 28, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Greetings from Kuwait where thankfully all is peaceful and well.
We had a good week, teaching, NOT involved in any productions or activities or events upcoming. It was nice.
Biggest news for the blog is that Anna has decided to attend Jacobs University in Bremen Germany. They offered her a full ride tuition scholarship which is a very nice thing. She was able to check out the school a couple weeks ago when she was in Amsterdam for spring break.
Ben reports that he will be graduation May 11th although he won't be going through ceremonies as he has to hurry to guard duty to keep North Dakota safe.
I will admit that I'm in my period of mourning where I start to miss the people who won't be back here next year. Plus knowing that Anna won't be living with us next year, yes I admit it's a little tough.Again I find myself eating humble pie as I remember giving such good advice to my friends whose children have graduated and moved on. It was always easier to give the "you've raised them to leave you" speech when I still had children at home.
David continues to be calm and philosophical and reminds me that this is a normal phase of life. Thank God for my Rock.
On another note, Happy Easter to all our Christian friends back home. Eat a piece of ham for us.
We'll be working on Sunday ( a normal work day for us). I haven't been invited to a dinner yet, but I'll cast a net (pardon the biblical pun) and see what I can find.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I also consider myself lucky that these fine children have brought special friends along the way who have become like family to us.
AND being a teacher, there are a couple "Special" ones that make their way into your heart.
So it was with great honor that I copy and pasted this message on my facebook a couple days ago while adding a few comments on the bottom of the note.
Its Sons Week! If you have a handsome son or sons that you
love more than you can describe, copy and paste this to your
status for a little while, but hold them in your heart for a lifetime!
Here's to our number one favorite Ben...and my second son Phil..and my soccer son Miquel..and my pancake son Gunar..and to my Desert sons Ademi, Alex, Jake and Jesmie!!
And one of my boys came back with this reply...
What a wonderful message! Thank you! It's really heartwarming and humbling that you'd honor me as one of your "sons"... in humility it makes me feel that you're proud of me, and that's a great feeling. Lord knows you've been all kinds of a mother to me and more these past few years... many experiences and accomplishments I wouldn't AND couldn't have had without you.
So, I'll pass this love on in the only way I know how: by being the best son I can be. I pass it now to your daughter and family in hoping for their safety, and I'll pass it on to everyone I meet when I go out into the "real world" later on, having been prepared and educated by influences as profound as yourself.
LOVE FOR ALL SONS, LOVE FOR ALL MOTHERS; LOVE FOR ALL! ♥
P.S., you're too great, Mrs. Brown.
What can I say? life IS Good!!!
Monday, April 4, 2011
One of these pictures is what David, Marion and friends saw while driving in the desert on Monday. They borrowed our friend BL's car and took off for a grand adventure in northern Kuwait. I stayed back in "town", took a nap and had my hair cut. One can only have so much fun. There was even a small sandstorm to complete the adventure.
Okay so you guessed right...this is the picture of what they saw...for many miles. Thanks to Google images once again for allowing us to give you the full picture!
And now's here's David...
What can one say about lots of flat land with light brown sand? After driving for 35 miles or so, we decided to check out a sign that said chalets. The off ramp of the highway quickly turned into a single lane asphalt road with multiple potholes. We didn't see any chalets but we did see the leftovers of the camping season - discarded sofas, old carpets, broken toilet bowls? Soon the road ended in the desert at an oil pumping well surrounded by old spilled oil baked like asphalt. We did see a couple of interesting birds struggling in the wind.
We next tried to find the bridge that connected to an island that looked on the map like a wildlife refuge. The bridge on the map was gone being replaced by a new one. So we couldn't get to the island. We drove until we came an area that did have chalets. About 45-50 houses on the beach. Very nice places - kinda like our lake cabins in Minnesota. After lunch at the beach we started back and that was when the wind picked up and the sand started blowing - exactly like a Minnesota snow storm. Pillow drifts on the road. Swirling patterns on the road. Low visibility, clouds kicked up when someone passed Only it wasn't white but light brown - This is what I thought a sandstorm would be before I got here.
We got back with no crashes or even getting lost. A nice outing but not much of an adventure. - we didn't even come close to losing any of our party.