Are You Nervous? So What…

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” - 2 Chronicles 15:7 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Want to know a secret? Sometimes I get nervous. Ok, it’s really not a secret especially since everyone I know has been nervous at some point in their life.  Sometimes being nervous is a... Continue Reading →

No Ordinary Day!

“No matter how many buildings, foundations, schools and hospitals we build, or how many bridges we raise, all these are material entities. The real spirit behind progress is the human spirit, the able man with his intellect and capabilities.” - Sheik Zayed ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Today I sat in a cozy coffee shop with Rocket’s sister (who... Continue Reading →

The Art of Cooking…for Non-Artists

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  If you know me, I love surprising loved ones on special occasions, especially if I can actually manage to surprise them (which isn’t always the case)! Rocket is extremely difficult to surprise. Part of my strategy is to... Continue Reading →

Just Smile and Run!

“It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning's winning.” - The Fast and the Furious. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  The first time I rode a camel, I cajoled my younger sister to join me before we left a fall festival in the United States. Even though I was nervous, I figured it was... Continue Reading →

Exploring the Region Part 2: Muscat

"Hold on, here we go! Next stop, knowledge!" - Finding Nemo ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  I’m constantly reminded that my experience in the Middle East contrasts greatly with my previous misconceptions about the region. Before I visited, news reports framed it as a volatile desert environment with limited diversity. As I sit in a cafe at Dubai Garden... Continue Reading →

Intentional Love: The Art of Preparation

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." - Henry Ford ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A few weeks ago, Rocket and I had lunch with two friends, one married and one single, after church. Our married friend asked us questions pertaining to our first year of marriage, which proved to be the start... Continue Reading →

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