Friday, March 14, 2014

View from Here // Flash Flood

an image // from the week // no words

♥, Molly

Friday, March 7, 2014

View from Here // Traditional Dance

an image // from the week // no words

♥, Molly 

Friday, February 28, 2014

View from Here // Narcissus

an image // from the week // no words

♥, Molly 

Monday, January 13, 2014


Restating the obvious is a trait I inherited from my dear mother.  In case you haven't noticed, this blog has been deserted for quite some time now.  I never intended to stop, but for one reason or another posting never made it to the top of the list.  

A lot has happened during my blogging break but here are a few of the highlights:

  • watching my sister & her husband tie the knot
  • marrying Brent and learning how to do life together
  • surviving an intensive school accreditation process
  • resigning from teaching
  • moving to a new apartment in a new city
  • seeing my brother marry his beloved bride 
  • celebrating our marriage with a month long visit to see family and friends in the US
  • beginning a year-long counseling certification program
  • taking a new job
  • visits from friends
  •   . . . and starting some special volunteer work
Please forgive me for once again pointing out the aparent:  Although this space may have been deserted, our lives have felt delightfully full with dear friends, wonderful occasions, and a lot of incredible memories.  One of my hopes for the new year is to share a few more of those moments here.

Happy 2014!

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Wanted to stop in and share some exciting news: I RESIGNED!
Done and done.

An old photo from January 2012 when we were celebrating Jill's resignation!
My last day of work will be July 4th--a true day of independence!

I'd be a liar if I didn't admit to being a little nervous about resigning.  However, the very day I turned in my paperwork a dear friend gave this verse to me:  "One handful of peaceful repose/Is better than two fistfuls of worried work . . ." (The Message, Ecclesiastes 4.6).  So very fitting.

Not quite sure what's coming next, but I've got a few dreams in the works.  We shall see what happens.  I think I'll be happy as long as it involves having a life again. Yay!
♥, Molly 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Bright Spot

Dear Jill,

Today I took this photo today with you in mind.  (I was practicing bokeh with marginal success...)  It made me miss you even more than usual.  I was out by the breakwater and the rocks and waves reminded me of both Bellingham and Thailand.  That got me thinking... Do you remember how we finally found our 'chalet' in Jordan?  Or of the time you beat me in Uno and I suffered the consequences by sleeping with the cockroaches?  When you were the model for a bedouin scarf lesson near Azraq?  How about the time we learned how to read cliff paintings in Azerbaijan?  No!  You are wrong! What about the mayhem on the flight to Chittagong? (Yeah--still not too sorry I missed out on that one.)  Or the time we tried to roast marshmallows but were robbed by racoons instead? Baby City--where the babies are the boss? Or our very first novelty snack pic? And please, please tell me you have not forgotten Bruno?!

Oh! I have such special memories with you!  Some good (happy days in the Homestead), some bad (chemo days), and some funny (Christmas in the Mideast)--but all very special. Ms. Jill--you are a once-in-a-lifetime kind of friend and we have had some once-in-a-lifetime types of adventures.

Thank you for being such a bright spot in my life!  You are so dear to me!

Wish I could be there to help you celebrate!
♥, Molly

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Instant Love: An Instax Here & There Holiday

Christmas break was a lovely mix of travel and relaxation.  I was able to spend a week in Germany with dear friends, a week camping and being outside, and a week at home in UAE.  The resulting photos show some of the beautiful sights and quiet little moments that made this holiday so special.

♥, Molly

Little Maren Mouse, Lisa and Justin's 2 year old daughter (Munich)
The littles and Lisa on their way to "Wilderness Kindergarten" (Munich)
Lara and the littles at home after venturing out in the cold to get our Thai take-away (Munich)
Standing tall (Munich)
The swans at Nymphenburg Palace (Munich)
Market on Christmas Eve (Munich)
Christmas Day with Hannah Hardy ♥ (Abu Dhabi)
Sandy! by Hannah, Allan, Molly, Brent (Abu Dhabi)
Family photo with Sandy (Abu Dhabi)
In Liwa it's nothing but dunes for miles and miles (Abu Dhabi)
Dutch Blitz Tournament in Liwa with Alex, Bethany, Evan, & Bella (Abu Dhabi)
Fort City near Nizwa (Oman)
Wadi Damm in the distance (Oman)