Ben sent me a link for a Turkish article on the inscription that they found last week. For those of you who read Turkish, happy reading!! And for the rest of us…..there’s a picture at least!



Meet Rufus Riley, the puppy that has been terrorizing my boys:)

Looking out at the puppy

Playing with the rocks on Mugga’s driveway

Having a snack together:)

Playing on a sunday afternoon….


After! (Ignore the fact that I just woke up and look terrible!)
My Summer Do!


I’m alive!! I have been so busy with traveling and getting adjusted, okay getting the boys adjusted to a new place, time change, lots of people…I’ve been too busy to blog! So far my “vacation” has consisted of traveling, sad boys, picking up cat poop, dog poop, training a 7 month old puppy, cleaning the house, organizing the fridge, etc! It’s been very nice to be here to help my mom since she’s been hurt. I know she’s glad to have a little help!
The boys are doing okay. They are super attached to me right now since Ben is gone and they have gone through so many changes in the past 2 weeks. They are like my two shadows! Samuel is really enjoying seeing his Mugga, Papa and Grandma as well as a myriad of other relatives! He either plays with Thomas trains all day (did I mention that he’s aqcuired a few more since we’ve been here??) or playing outside. Zakkai is learning new words every day! He greeted me with, “Mommy!” this morning in a very chipper voice:) Then he started saying, “Daddy!” and looking towards the doorway as if he expected him to walk through.
Speaking of daddy, Ben is doing really well. He is very tired all the time because of the hard work and getting up at 4:15am everyday. And he is ecstatic because they found an inscription this week!! It was in his area and he and two other friends were the first to get to read it since it’s been written (2-3,000 years ago!!)…It’s been big new with important people flying in and media. There was a Turkish article written about it, too! Ben and the other 2 philologists (aka: language-buffs) will get to translate it this weekend. Ben is having a blast!
I miss all my friends at home. I had such fun at our girls’ night before I left. Watchin’ Step 2 and hanging out:) I must admit it’s nice to get a little break from the “CITY” because it’s so quiet and peaceful here….
I’ll have more to report soon and some pictures to post so keep checking in!!

I feel like I haven’t blogged in awhile…but I guess it’s only been 3 days. Does that tell you how long my week has been?! I am procrastinating packing at the moment. Usually I love to pack but I’m dragging my heels this time…
It’s been a tough week. I’m sure we’ll adjust soon and it will help to spend time with family. Samuel told me at breakfast, after crying over many things this morning, “I am having a sad day today, mommy.” The morning started out with him asking me if he could give daddy a hug. On a normal morning, if Ben were here, I would get the boys up and dressed and they would run and give Ben a hug. I felt so sad to remind him that daddy wasn’t here. It all went downhill from there…
Last night, I had housegroup at our house as usual. I got the boys in bed, got buzzed, grabbed my keys and ran down to let the group in. All was well, until we got off of the elevator and I looked at my keys and realized that I had grabbed Zakkai’s set of play keys (real keys but they don’t work anywhere!)!!! I was so upset. I knocked on the janitor’s door and he wasn’t there. I started shaking and crying. It was the last straw to a bad week!! My friends were so wonderful and caring. They were all over there trying to break into the apt with credit cards, keys….while I was calling the janitor and the police. Finally after 20+ minutes, Ivan (the janitor) came and unlocked the door for me. I felt so bad because he had to come home from wherever he was to help me! He was very kind and gracious. The police showed up 15 minutes later, even though I had called to tell them I’d gotten ahold of Ivan. It’s a good thing the boys were in bed!!
Well, there’s my saga of the week. I’m off to begin packing now….

Our past few days…

Here are some pictures from the past few days…..
Zakkai throwing a mega tantrum….(isn’t that the cutest stubborn face!)
Samuel playing “bowling”

Brotherly love:)
After a morning in the Mommy Hair Salon
Snuggling and waiting for daddy to call
Well, we’ve made it 4 days so far….and I’m tired and lonely (just to be honest). The boys are doing pretty well, all things considered. We just talked to Ben on the webcam and Samuel was really sad when we had to say goodbye:(
We are getting ready to travel and see family for the next 3 weeks. It’ll be a nice distraction for us. Samuel checks everyday and makes sure that we’re still going to mugga’s house! He also has a huge list of toys that he wants to bring:)
Ben says it’s hot in Turkey (102 tomorrow) and very windy but unfortunately they have NO air conditioning! Pretty miserable…Today was the first day of digging. They had to be on the bus at 5am to drive to the Tel (the mound). He also told us there are shephards who live on the mound and raise cows and sheep. Some of them are helping on this dig. Ben is already learning Turkish (surprise, surprise!) and was teaching us phrases for “How are you,” “I’m good” and “And you?” I have no clue how to spell them so I won’t even try…He even had Samuel repeating them:) Always the teacher….He is sleeping for the night as I write.
Have a good Tuesday!

Safe and sound!

Just a quick update to say that Ben has officially arrived in Fevzipasa (fev-zee-pa-sha) safely! He arrived very early our time this morning. He is exhausted and his body is confused from the last 2 days 🙂 but he is doing well! We got to talk to him on Skype this morning and see him on the webcam. Samuel was SOOOOO excited to see daddy! Both the boys got to chat with him before we went to church. Samuel was fine until after we said goodbye and then he said, “I miss daddy so much, mommy because I love him.” And then he had bad separation anxiety when I tried to leave him in sunday school:( It was rough but he did very well after a bit!
Thank you for your continued prayers!


Hi, dear friends and family. It’s me again…sniff. As my sweet friend, Angela said it is my second night of putting the boys to bed by myself. I didn’t sleep too well last night. I was up forever worrying, praying, trying my darndest to figure out the time difference, worrying and praying some more….I finally heard from Ben this morning through email. As of 8:30am my time, he was safe in Istanbul (that was 4:30pm his time) and was exhausted! He was having trouble using the phone card so I haven’t heard his voice yet (sigh). He and his two traveling mates were staying in a hotel tonight (turkey time) and about right now he is on his third plane ride to some other city where they take the train to Fevzipasa (fun to say!) where he’ll stay. I haven’t heard from him since this morning so I am hoping and praying that he is okay!

You may be hearing from me a lot these days. What else am I supposed to do in the long, long quiet evenings??!! Well, I do have a few projects I want to work on…my quilt, catching up on scrapbooking, learning how to crochet….any more ideas??
The boys were so good today, except for “minor” 2 hour tantrum from Z…gotta break that screaming habit! Samuel was an angel! He got 2 stickers on his chart and we took a special trip to Target (have I mentioned my love for Target??) where he got to spend a bday gift card and pick out a special present. He is now the proud new owner of yet another Thomas train…Neville, or “Nebille” as he says. He then got another present in the mail from Aunt D., a hooked on phonics computer! Maybe he’ll be reading by the end of the summer!! Anyways, he asked a few times about daddy and kept saying, “Is Daddy digging in the dirt wif a shovel, mommy?” He was such a blessing to me today.
And tonight two wonderful friends came over to keep me company, one of which who’s hubby went away for 6 weeks for army training. We’re going to be buddies this summer! We had a good night…homemade pizza (turned out pretty darn well if I don’t say so myself!!) and amazing brownies (gotta love Ghirardelli chocolate!)…Bless you, Abby and Emily!!
So, keep praying for Ben as he’s still traveling. I will update more when I hear that he FINALLY made it to his end destination….

For now, I’ll leave you with a picture of little Samuel almost exactly 3 years ago….