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.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Then and Now

Last week was a fun one for us. We got to revisit a beautiful place in Virginia where we spent our last few months before moving overseas in 2005. It was great to be back, to reconnect with old friends we hadn't seen in 3-plus years, and to hear about exciting things going on all over the world.

It's hard to believe that our little princess has grown from this...

to this...

in just three short years. Where does the time go???

The kids had a blast going to "school" each day in an incredible children's facility, and we had fun watching them interact with other TCKs (third culture kids). We also had fun sharing our "coming back to America" stories with others who have recently experienced the same thing. It's nice to know someone else has been overwhelemed by the pasta aisle at Walmart, frustrated at having to wait so long at red lights, and amazed at the things that can change in three years' time.

We are definitely not the same people we were when we took this picture three and a half years ago (and not just because we've grown in number)...

but hopefully we can act American enough that we won't stick out too badly for the next few months (if we can just get Daddy to quit trying to honk his horn!).
Whether we fit in or not, we're enjoying our time here on this side of the ocean. We'll try to keep you updated on our adventures this month. It's going to be fun!


  1. :) Glad you're having a good time there; it is wild to think about how time flies. Three years ago, we were a family of four... having just arrived in China just about a month before. Boy, how life has changed!

    Enjoy your time there with friends and family.