The Life, Times & Musings of an American Midwest Woman Who Lives in the Middle East

Blog

New Year! New Lists!

New Year! New Lists!

By on Jan 2, 2020 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

A friend of mine recently reminded me of my zeal for New Year’s resolutions. I think the word “reminded” might be a bit generous…maybe “mocked,” “scoffed,” “laughed hysterically followed by eye rolling” would be a better description. It seems that a few years ago I had joined a group of my friends around a...

Read More
Hope in the White Space

Hope in the White Space

By on Dec 30, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 4 comments

I bought a giant calendar desk pad the day after Christmas. While others were grabbing Christmas paper, Christmas decor and all those weird stocking-stuffer gadgets now marked 75% off, I sought out a beautiful, floral calendar. I held it up to admire it. Just look at it! So full of white space! So clean! So ready to hold all the hopes, dreams and plans that I can...

Read More
When Obedience Is Untidy

When Obedience Is Untidy

By on Sep 11, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 7 comments

It’s September and I find myself in Smalltown, Idaho. On the one hand, I’m thrilled. We’re with our daughter and SIL while awaiting the birth of our very first grand baby. On the other, I feel a bit whiplashed and am wondering how we got here. Still on the other hand (as Tevye would say), I am thankful. Just one year ago, we said our difficult goodbyes to family and...

Read More
Living In-Between

Living In-Between

By on Sep 4, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 8 comments

I’m not a fan of “in-between,” but frankly, who is? We’ve been in-between for a while now. Circumstances in our life interrupted our momentum and left us stuttering and sputtering trying to gain traction again.  Yesterday, I wandered into a Dollar Tree store in Mountain Home, ID looking at Fall decorations. As I perused these wonders, I almost talked myself out of...

Read More
A Very Mumkin Tour: Searching, Singing & Sipping

A Very Mumkin Tour: Searching, Singing & Sipping

By on Jul 3, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 1 comment

Thursday, John received a call from an acquaintance who invited us for an outing on Friday. I followed this up with a most common response: Who is this guy? Where are we going? What time are we going? Who else is going? Any women there? How should I dress? Is he ultra-conservative? Is it nearby? And the all important question: Who’s bringing the snacks?! John smiled...

Read More
The Crepe Paper Grew Taut

The Crepe Paper Grew Taut

By on Jun 30, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 1 comment

“T-A-U-T. Taut,” he said. I let my imagination follow his words. He continued, “The crepe paper would grow taut…” I attended a conference this week with colleagues who dedicate themselves to being light in dark places. The speaker to whom I was listening had grown up in a foreign country, though American. He displayed a photo on the...

Read More