We're Jason, Beth, Lee Anna, Sawyer, and Sarah Claire, a family of five living, learning, and laughing lots in Northern Africa.
We hope you can learn a little (and maybe laugh a little too) as you read about our latest adventures.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Yesterday was a big day for our family. Lee Anna and Sawyer got their very first pet. Ever since some friends got a fish a while back, Lee Anna has been telling everyone she meets that she's going to get a pet fish and name him Flipper (usually right after she tells them that she's getting a baby sister!). She didn't ask us, mind you, just made up her mind that she was getting a fish. Well, this has been a hard week for her with some very sad goodbyes, so we decided maybe this would be a good time to take the fish plunge. Daddy took her to the pet store after dinner last night, and she chose the very first fish she laid eyes on. They brought him home, and we immediately began the process of teaching Sawyer all the things you can't do with a fish (and, in case you're wondering, there are LOTS of things that two-year-olds want to do with/to a fish but shouldn't).
They are both very excited, and started asking about him as soon as I got to the school to pick them up this afternoon.

Here are Lee Anna and Flipper deep in conversation. I guess when you've got Arabic and English down, learning fish talk is probably a piece of cake!


  1. what did LeAnna name her fish..Juliana also has a fish now in her dorm!! and is looking for a name.... Stacey's mom

  2. guess I should have paid more attention. His name is Flipper!!