I wanted to make this post yesterday, but because of time zones, I didn't want to give away my Mother's Day gift before I actually gave it to my mom!
Gifts can be tricky is you're not around to do something in person, and you've already given your Mom 20 cards or so. So this year, after some brainstorming with my sister, we determined to give my mom a Pinterest board!
The great thing about this gift is that it's not over! We can keep pinning stuff there until Pinterest runs out of pins.
Did you do anything to celebrate yesterday?
The beginning of our Europe trip was in Oxford. Jordan's sister was there studying for a Masters and we had a couple lovely weeks staying with her and exploring the town.
I often get upset that I can't live in England, because I've spend more time reading than I have living in one place, and the most consistent setting from my reading is England. Thanks a lot Jane Austen and JK Rowling.
I've always loved this bundle. It's probably one of my favorites if you made me choose. I love the vintage/old vibe that matches my Oxford photos so well.
I've successfully completed four days of my summer photo a day challenge! See the end of this post for details about joining me.
Summer 2013 Photo a Day Challenge Details
Summer is coming (or already here if you live in the Arabian desert) and with it lots of change is on the way.
Jordan and I have been living a nomadic life for a while. Five years ago we left the States and moved to Korea to teach English. We lived there for two years, leaving only to visit our families (who were living here in Jordan and in Slovenia, respectively) and a trip to Turkey. Our dream had always been to backpack for a year, and when our teaching contracts finished we left Korea for Taiwan, and eventually 16 more countries. When that year was over we wandered here to Amman where we've been living for the last two years, leaving only to travel to Israel/Palestine, Tunisia and Egypt. So basically we haven't been back to the States for 5 years. Our ties to America are apparently a lot looser than I thought.
But the time finally has come for us to return. After years of putting off a reentry plan, one has finally emerged and we've even purchased airline tickets. From today we have one month left here in Amman before we start a new adventure in America.
Dramatic, cross-planet relocation is something I have experience with; I have come not to expect anything particular, and have found that life is a little weird pretty much all the time. I live with the tension of not really knowing what normal is. Is normal seeing only the eyes of a woman peeking out from behind her giant head to toe covering, or being able to wear shorts outside of the house? I'm not really sure.
The one thing that I have going for me now is that I've done this before and I have the wisdom of age (almost 28, and so wise!). In order to help stay in the moment during a rather busy and demanding time, I'm going to start up a Photo a Day challenge. I'm going to do my best to take a photo every day for a four month period, starting today May 8 to Sept 8. This period will cover our last month here in Amman, two months of crazy time, and one month in our next destination (Oregon). I'll be sharing photos as I can here on the blog.
If you'd also like to document your summer with a photo a day challenge, join the conversation here, where we can figure how to best help and motivate each other.