Scribbles!

I now understand why so many people say that children grow up too quickly. At a year and a month, Charbel is already well past the newborn stage, and has crossed the threshold into toddlerhood. Right now, it seems like he has one foot on each side of the door – sometimes he acts like…

Labor Day!

“Labor Day” in February is starting to look like a Mady family tradition, as both our little boys decided to pop out in February. I gave birth to little Paul on February 24, 2012, exactly one year and twenty days after I went into labor with Charbel – February 4, 2011. While Eddy and I…

In Celebration of Marriage

Anniversaries are great moments to see where we’ve come from and where we’re headed, in addition to enjoying special treats. Eddy and I had the opportunity to do all of that two days ago, as we celebrated our second wedding anniversary. I began making a peanut butter – chocolate cake in honor of the occasion…

108 – Marina

108-Marina. Marina refers to the specific residential area we live in (so called after a popular restaurant located close by), within the broader 108 (Mia Wa Thmanyia) district of Ankawa, a region within the city of Erbil. While there are Christians and Churches in the broader area of Erbil, the majority of the Christians and…

Charbel’s First Christmas

Ever since we first got engaged, Eddy and I began looking forward with delightful anticipation, to the first time we would celebrate Christmas together with our first son or daughter. Christmas this year, with our little Charbel, fulfilled and surpassed our expectations. It wasn’t quite as we had planned it… after a busy year and…

Christmas Greetings

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been able to write anything for this blog and I must say, it’s something I’ve definitely missed. I don’t think I’ll be able to get anything up for the next week or so either, so I’m taking a few quiet moments to send brief greetings. We are off…

The Eyes of Babes…

                  I sometimes wish I could see the world through the eyes mind of my 10 month old son… What is it he sees in everything? What holds his attention so long on a blank white wall? What does he find so amusing in empty space? What hidden taste known to…

Mar Mattai

In addition to being the cradle of civilization, Iraq is home to one of the earliest native Christian communities, believed to have been started by the Apostle Thomas when he passed through the land during the first decades after the death of Jesus. We recently visited Mar Mattai, one of the most ancient, still-standing Christian…

Veni, Adventum! (Come, Advent)

I have always enjoyed changing seasons. Each time a season begins, I think it is my favorite. I love the hot, lazy summer days that bring vacation and outdoor fun along with them in June, but by September, I’m convinced that the brisk, cool autumn air that heralds sweaters, boots and hot drinks is best.…

Precious First Words

A long awaited moment – little Charbel’s first words – arrived! Actually, he began talking about two weeks ago, but I haven’t had any time for posting, since we’ve been busy unpacking and settling into our new home. We still have a few things left arrange, but we should have time to download pictures and get…

Goodbye, Jordan…Hello, Iraq!

OK – time to break the news. Eddy, Charbel and I just moved, on pretty short notice, from Jordan to Iraq! Hence the silence on the blog for a few days, while we were incredibly busy packing and shipping our things and actually flying out. We have gone from the land of the Ammonites, to…

Babies Don’t Keep

Time to dedicate a post to our adorable son, who turned eight months old today! What a contrast between our crawling, babbling, laughing 8 month old, and the tiny, sleepy newborn we brought home February 4, 2011! Now I’m beginning to understand why parents say that little ones grow up too fast. Charbel isn’t even a…

‘Til You Find Your Dream

After years of searching and gradually discovering who I was meant to be, I have found my path, and my life has begun taking shape. My day begins between 6:30 and 7:00 AM, depending on how drowsy I am, and when the baby wakes up. I get up, feed and change the baby, get ready for…

Fall Favorites

While it might be too early for chestnuts and candy canes, it’s not too soon to welcome autumn, and the little delights that accompany it. Granted, here in Jordan, fall is a little later, a little shorter, and a little warmer than in other places, but it is still a well-appreciated break from the summer.…

A Taste of the East… and West

It’s a tradition in Lebanon, as well as Jordan and many other countries over here, to get together with your extended family for the main meal each Sunday. With Eddy’s family in Lebanon and mine in Iraq, we can’t completely carry out that tradition. We can, however, enjoy the good food that accompanies it! After…

Living Our Faith in Jordan

I always wanted to live in the Holy Lands. In my mind, that meant Jerusalem. Even though I have never been to Jerusalem, I realized that my wish was fulfilled after moving here to Jordan, which is part of the Holy Lands, both historically and currently, as it continues to be part of the diocese of Jerusalem.…

Enjoyable Evenings

Once or twice a week, after we’ve finished our work for the day, put the baby to bed, and done the house chores, my husband and I make dinner and then snuggle on the couch to watch a movie. I always enjoyed watching films, but became even more of a movie connoisseur after marrying Eddy,…

Riding the Waves

I picked up my bag, and walked into a sea of diversity, wondering what waves the year would bring. With Muslims and Christians, rich and poor, Jordanians and Palestinians, Iraqis, other Arab nationalities and a few foreigners sliding into the classroom desks each day, challenging discussions are bound to arise. Different political, social, religious and…

Clay Creations

“The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being” (Gen 2:7)  Last week, we watched The Agony and the Ecstasy, a 1969 docu-drama about Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. Although Hollywood took some liberties in its portrayal…

Jordan

    We moved to Jordan about a year ago. It took me a month or two, though, to realize that our city, Amman, was named after the Old Testament tribe of the Ammonites. Many of our neighbors and colleagues, native Jordanians, are the modern day descendents of that tribe.  Today, however, the Ammonites share their land.…