Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mafraq or Bust

Well, we just about did bust, but by God's grace we are are now living in Mafraq, Jordan.
Located in the northern desert of Jordan, it is about an hour and a half away from our old home in the capital of Amman. I'm finishing most days completely out of steam but I wanted to let friends, family, and other passersby, know that we are alive and mostly well--just MIA for awhile.

Our move was made two weeks ago today, though Dear Husband has been faithfully working on our new home, himself and directing laborers, for over a month. He's also hauled many of our belongs, including a truckload of garden plants and rocks--bless him!--before the moving vans arrived on August 29.

The first 48 hours in our new home were a grueling blur, but we have since passed through survival, then exhaustion mode. I am thanking God for warm water, a working washing machine, a garden space full of potential, lemon trees out my kitchen and bedroom windows, a hard working husband, happy kids, and new kitchen cupboards--everything but the kitchen sink, which will hopefully be installed this week.

I'm also thankful for the many friends who have packed boxes, made a meal, given us an internet fix, and sent words of encouragements and PRAYER. And, thanks, Suzanne, for these words form the movie Hope Floats (which I haven't seen!)

Beginnings are usually hard
Endings are usually sad
It's what's in the middle that counts.

That about sums it up right now


MagistraCarminum said...

So glad the worst is seemingly behind you!

Woman of the House said...

What a good husband you have to move all those plants and rocks! It's a blessing when they will indulge our desire to beautify our surroundings, isn't it? I think deep down they know it's worth it. ;-) Enjoy getting settled! I hope we can see some picutres sometimes.

Jodi said...

God Bless your new home!

laurainnyc said...

I'm so glad you made it! Get in some good rest and pretty soon you'll be able to make Mafraq home.

Meanwhile, I've got to go look it up on a map ;-).

Hey, I have what may seem like a strange question: When you post, do your Blogger instructions come up in Arabic?

Quotidian Life said...

Thanks, everyone. God has taken such good care of us. Sometimes it seems so difficult to make progress that we just have to laugh: we finally received the faucet for our new kitchen sink, today dh spent 2+hours trying to install it, and finally called a plumber only to find out that the faucet was defective. I really did laugh :) But, there are many blessings as well now laughable challenges.

Laura, if you click on the link in the post and scroll down just a bit you can see where we are--up near the Syrian border. Yes, my Blogger instructions/sign in sometimes come up in Arabic but usually in English. I have my computer set to English. I guessing yours are coming up in Italian?