Here it is, the long awaited First Post From Jordan. We’ve been here exactly one week and have gone through an incredible range of emotions. The overriding one, however, is that this experience will be what we make of it. In other words, we will embrace the adventure and get comfortable driving, eating, living, and loving life in the desert.
The trip here was long, but uneventful. Even the Crack Puppies did well on the plane and are adjusting to the heat nicely (and I know that EVERYONE is especially anxious for an update on the puppies!). They have settled in and made themselves right at home. So at home, that they have moved me to the floor for making phone calls:
The campus is huge and beautiful and we’ve taken many walks with the dogs. The campus is gated, and just on the other side of the fence are Bedouin and wild dogs who bark all night. The puppies have been extremely well behaved (although befuddled by the noise) and haven’t barked back.
We’ve spent most of our time on campus, and what a campus it is! Beautiful with amazing facilities. There are no students yet, and the full faculty hasn’t arrived, but everyone has been so welcoming, helpful and kind. The other faculty kids have welcomed the boys with open arms and we’ve hardly seen them since we’ve arrived. They scooter around campus as a pack, play tennis, basketball, squash, handball, tag, etc. Then they move as a pack to the dining hall. Probably, the biggest adjustment for me is going from full-time homeschooling mom to pseudo empty-nester. I miss my boys!
Rather than describe the campus, here are some pictures:
And, two more pictures of the view from our apartment balcony:
We’ve gotten brave and have driven into Amman and Madaba for groceries and to wander around. I keep forgetting to bring my camera, so the next post will have pictures from both places. There are so many more things to write about, but it will have to wait until we have pictures to illustrate what we’re seeing and experiencing.
Know that we are safe and happy and thinking of you all.
Much love from Jordan