We find ourselves smack dab in the middle of one awesome new homeschool co-op here in Al Ain. A handful of families who believe in homeschooling and also know the benefit of pooling resources, ideas, and efforts. In the short time we’ve been here, I’ve found great solace in the weekly company of these moms. But more than just time for the moms, we’re also building community as families. Today, one of these dear families arranged a field trip to the Hafeet tombs. This UNESCO world heritage site is home to burial tombs that are almost 5000 years old. And since our field trip started at 3:00, the dads got to join in too.
I must confess, my morning was pretty rough today. A few emotional blows that left me crying in bed instead of homeschooling my kiddos. But I picked up and dusted off, and found these 7 blessings this afternoon:
1. Seeing things built 5000 years ago. This is not a common occurrence in North America. It’s hard to fathom, but so cool to see.
3. I discovered that I can take a selfie with an SLR camera. Abby asked me where the button was to turn the screen around for selfies. Oh, 21st century. You’re hilarious. Look what you’ve created. 4. Josiah is practically moving out soon. I see glimpses of graduation photos in the near future, but feel like I was just capturing his chubby toddler cheeks last week. Thank you Lord, that I can be with him every day right now, because I can’t soak this up enough.
5. I think Abby might be the bravest person in our family. She navigated this scary looking peak like it was nothing. I was shaking in my boots. Or rather my sandals, because I was clearly not properly outfitted for this field trip.6. That little group of cars down there is what I like to call our Al Ain homeschool parking lot. 4×4 recommended. Location subject to change. Seriously. Have I mentioned recently that I am so grateful to educate my children this way?