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Happy Easter! Christus Resurrexit!

Happy Easter, everyone! Charbel and Paul had an Easter count down going for several days. One of them would start and then they would continue in unison “today’s Tuesday, then Wednesday, then Thursday, then Friday, then Saturday, and then ding ding ding EASTER SUNDAY!” They just got more and more excited each day as Easter got…

Europe, Here We Come!

I’ll see you in about 10 days! My husband and I are counting down the hours (5 right now!) until we leave for Europe. We’re helping chaperone a group of 27 students on a school trip to Paris, Rome and Turin. As if visiting Rome and Italy isn’t exciting enough on its own, this is…

Happy Birthday, Paul! We Love You!

You know you live in a household of boys when cars, Legos and airplanes rule your world! We had a lot of fun at the park yesterday celebrating Paul’s birthday (which is really Monday, but we moved it up so we could have a family day). Needless to say, the highlight was playing with the…

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig!

All’s been quiet on the blog front for a few weeks because of an unexpected trip I had to make. I’m sure many of you know this already, but being away from your family, especially when you have two little tots, is NOT fun… I knew the kids would be fine, because they have such…

The First Kiss…

No – not mine. My little boy’s. Paul (1 1/2 years) just kissed my husband and I for the first time today! It made our day! I would love to say that I received Paul’s first kiss, but I have to admit that he kissed (and slobbered on!) my husbands cheek first. Oh, well – at…

Why I’m a Bad Parent… Or Am I?

That’s right… a bad parent. According to the attachment parenting theory, I’m a bad parent – I didn’t let the kids co-sleep, occasionally let them “cry it out”, and encouraged them to follow a feeding schedule sooner rather than later. According to the authoritative parenting theory, I’m also failing – I let my kids express…

Let Your Toddler Try!

Toddlers are far more capable than we parents often give them credit for. Kids spend half their time trying to do things, and parents often spend half their time stopping them… “Don’t touch that.” “Close the refrigerator.” “Don’t open the cabinet.” Sound familiar? Don’t feel bad – that’s instinctive for parents. Instinctive for two reasons:…

The Bambi Stare…

Every parent out there knows what I’m talking about… The bright, wide-eyed, “You-love-me-more-than-anything-you-will-do-this-for-me-won’t-you” pleading look our kids give us when they want something. The look they give you when they really want a cookie… or, even better, when they really want your cookie (you know, the one you seriously contemplated hiding in the pantry to…

That’s What YOU Thought…

How often do you find yourself in a situation when your plans are turned topsy-turvy? Probably pretty often. We were planning a lovely family vacation in Lebanon… Visiting Eddy’s family, going out with friends, taking our kids to some of our favorite places from when we dates, stealing a few evenings out as a couple……

When Your Baby Stops Wanting to Cuddle…

Yes, that’s my boy… not my baby any more. My little boy. The time comes in every baby’s life… sooner for boys than girls, I think. They just stop wanting to cuddle as much. Sure – they still want cuddles when they fall or when they’re tired, but they stop being the constant cuddlers they…

Mid-Summer Update!

Well, we are more than halfway through the summer and, thankfully, more than halfway through the summer program at school as well! Here are a few updates of what we’ve been doing this summer: Eddy and I: We are in the middle of, closer to the end of the summer program at school. We would…

Mady Family Update: Vacation in the U.S.!

We’re just settling in after a month in the U.S., feeling blessed that we were able to take such a family vacation, and equally blessed that we have such a wonderful home to return to! I really wanted to get some cute family photos on the trip, because we had somewhat neglected our camera during…

Easter Fun and Festivities!

After a Lent of waiting, preparing, praying and sacrificing, the Mady family Easter season is off to a joyful start! My mother kindly offered to stay at our place with the sleeping kids so Eddy and I could go to the Easter vigil Mass.  We decided to go to the English Mass – there is…

He Melts My Heart!

One night, I’m not sure exactly when, someone broke in, took our adorable baby, and left a darling little boy in his place…   The little one… That one, in the bright striped pajamas that he never wants to take off. That one, brimming over with mischief and childish delight. He melts my heart, all day,…

Christmas Time!

Between work at school, two babies at home, household tasks, spending time with my husband and taking time for kitchen fun or DIY projects, writing sometimes gets pushed to the back burner. Hence the six weeks have have passed since my last blog update.  Any time I normally would have spent writing either went to…

Pumpkin Time!

After four years of being unable to find canned or fresh pumpkin in this region, I was determined to search more vigorously this year, and finally found fresh, homegrown pumpkins in a cooler area of Iraq with more precipitation (Shaklawa)… So excited to finally have pumpkin pie with Thanksgiving again this year! I was a…

Exploring Iraq: Shaklawa

We were all participating in a professional development workshop on my mom’s birthday last Monday, so we decided to celebrate it with a family trip, followed by a homemade mint-chocolate-chip ice cream cake today. Shaklawa is a small, rural city about an hour away from Erbil. It has one main street, made of stone. The…

A Parents Prayer…

Charbel played his first soccer match today – he scored several goals in our living room, and even kicked the ball sideways, like a real soccer player! When he finished playing soccer, he put the ball down and started to play at the little “school desk” my parents brought him a few weeks ago. As…

Best of Buddies

When my husband and I began announcing, just three months after the arrival of our son Charbel, that we were expecting our second child, our family and some close friends were very supportive and excited. Many other people expressed their sympathies, and were surprised to find out that we were HAPPY to be having two…

Exploring Iraq: Dukan

We spend most of our time either at home or at work (school), so we really enjoy having time once in a while to get out of the city and explore the country. Last weekend we took a day trip to a region called Dukan. We got in the car believing that Dukan was a…

Adventures in the U.S.A.

Catch up time! Finally back to the blog… I love to write – to reminisce, to describe, to reflect and ponder, to share opinions, but it hasn’t been happening lately. When I started this blog, I hoped to update it every few days or so. Reality check: it’s been almost six months since my last…

Our First Family Trip: St. Hermizd Monastery

We were up at 7:45 in the morning, getting ready, changing two diapers, making two bottles, packing two crib/playpens into the trunk, and getting all of us into the car. We were on our way to an overnight faculty retreat with a one year old and a five-week old – bound to be an interesting…