I recently had a friend ask me if I dreaded going back to Jordan. The answer is an enormous NO! I very much look forward to going back and resuming our life in our adopted Arab home.
However, I do love coming back and spending time with family and friends in the Rocky Mountains. I love reconnecting with home and eating greasy American food. So, with just over two weeks until we head back to Amman, here is my list of Top 10 things I’ve done this summer (in no particular order):
1. Spent a week doing girlie stuff with the Parker women which included my mom, sisters, sister-in-law, nieces and daughters in Park City.
2. Enjoyed the best of redneck Americana at the demolition derby in Heber City with our Taiwan friends Ryan and Matina Roberts and kids. Ryan is one of the funniest people I know and he kinda thinks he’s Chinese. Which he obviously isn’t, thus adding to the hilarity.
3. Barbecues on Pioneer Day at my sister Freia’s house and Independence Day at Aunt Diane’s house. Raucous fun ensued at both parties.
4. Hiking to Timpanogos Cave every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Pamela and Andra. I laugh so hard every time we go that I almost forgive them for dragging my sorry behind up the steep mountain switchbacks. Note: I’ve never actually entered the cave because I have an irrational fear of caves. I’m not sure if it’s the small enclosed spaces or the guano that bothers me more.
5. Drove to Rexburg to visit the BYU-Idaho campus where Cecily will attend school in the fall. Their unofficial slogan is: BYU-Idaho: Almost more fun than a nunnery!
6. Caught up with my BFF Kris B. She’s been my BFF since we were 11 years-old. She’s one of the great blessings of my life.
7. Hung out with our good friends from Taiwan: the Roberts (see above), the Stathams, the Jensens and the Gordons. Our years in Taiwan were some of the most enjoyable years of our lives because of so many fun families. We miss them all!
8. Attended the lovely wedding of our beautiful niece Tania to her dashing new husband Alec in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple. Aw, young love!
9. Saw Wicked with my girls. Wish I had sprung for better seats.
10. Went on lunch dates with the following amazing women: Jana, Kathy, Anne, Angie, Michele and Amy. There is nothing that fills the soul like good food and girl talk.
Bonus: The last thing on my list of top things I’ve done this summer is hanging out at our home, sleeping in, reading good books and driving my beloved 12 year-old Sequoia (which every summer, starts up the first time I try and always passes inspection. Thank you Japanese engineering!)
These things may seem like completely normal summer activities to most Americans. But we look forward to doing them every summer and feel so blessed to have a great home and incredible friends and family to come back to. They enrich our lives and make our living abroad all that more meaningful.