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Rose-Colored Sunrise 31 Dec 2008

When we got up this morning, it was DARK, at a time when it is normally lighter. When I looked out my window, there were heavy clouds, everything looked dark and sombre:

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Minutes later, the sun begins to break through and the clouds look less substantial:
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And then – the light! The sun breaks through!
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And, a short time later, the day shimmers in silver and gold:
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All that drama, and the morning is yet young! Wooo HOOOO, what a day this might be!

These are funny days, December 29th – 31st, days in which those who follow the Islamic calendar are already in the new year, and days in which we are still waiting. Tomorrow we will all be back on track, starting off a new year. In Kuwait, schools this week reported 85% absenteeism. Schools were open – but the students didn’t come!

AdventureMan and I briefly reviewed our year 2008 before praying this morning. For us – even though our financial investments are (on paper) in the depths – this has been a very good year. We have each other, and we have our sweet Qatteri Cat.

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We have been greatly blessed to have had more time with our son this year than any year we can remember in the last ten years. We love our time with him, and with his wife. We have had weddings, and lots of family times with my family. We have had wonderful times with our friends, old and new. God has blessed us abundantly.

In every way that really matters, life is sweet. We thank God for 2008. We thank God, even for the challenges that 2009 will bring.

Brothers and sisters, we wish you peace, peace in your spirits, peace in your families, peace in your nations, and a desire to meet all obstacles with peaceful intentions. We wish you peaceful times with family, and peaceful resolutions of any conflicts. May your New Year be filled with unexpected blessings!

December 31, 2008 - Posted by | Community, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Financial Issues, Friends & Friendship, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Relationships, sunrise series, Weather | ,

17 Comments »

  1. Happy New Year 🙂 I have got some more pics to add on the sunrise today morning…will do them soon.

    Comment by Amu | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  2. Amu 🙂 . . . promises, promises . . . Show me the sunrise!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  3. that cat i thought it’s a lion!

    Comment by neoark25 | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  4. Oh my god!! It is rosy!! I’ve seen purple but nothing like this!

    We say may Allah keep you for each other:*

    loved ur wish it was very beautiful, I wish it to you too and whom you love
    Happy New Year

    Comment by Someday | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  5. Qatteri Cat is pensive/reflective.

    Happy New Year to you all

    Comment by jewaira | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  6. Wish you a very happy New year and to adventure man as well.

    Comment by Grey | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  7. I just posted the pics. Happy new year 🙂

    Comment by Amu | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  8. NeoArk – Shhhhhhh! Don’t give him any ideas!

    Someday – no photoshopping, no touching up – that was just the way it was. It was truely an awesome morning. Many many good wishes to you, sweet Someday.

    Happy New Year, Lady J, our fearless blogger!

    Happy New Year Grey, and I am glad you are still speaking to me!

    Wooo HOOO on you, Amu! 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  9. Happy new year! May you have a wonderful 2009.

    Comment by S. Worthen | January 1, 2009 | Reply

  10. Beautiful. Happy New Year, intlxpatr. 🙂

    Comment by MacaholiQ8 | January 1, 2009 | Reply

  11. Happy new years!!

    And thanks! Both for the pictures (amazing) and the prayers (amen)! I hope you and your family continue to enjoy many blessed years to come =)

    Comment by souvenirsandscars | January 2, 2009 | Reply

  12. Thank you, Owlfish, and I am so happy to see you! Maybe one day you will come visit me in Seattle and I will take you up the hill to another really good Vietnamese restaurant! 🙂

    Mac – And to you, my friend. 🙂 New Year, new opportunities, hmmmm?

    S&S – Only a year ago we were in lovely Damascus. How we would love to be there again . . . (sigh) . . . We hope all is well with you, and that you have a great 2009.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 2, 2009 | Reply

  13. ohhhhh I love the third pic ❤

    I have been watching the sunrise the three nights I was in mecca 🙂 It was surreal!

    Comment by Ansam | January 3, 2009 | Reply

  14. I have so many wonderful people to visit in Seattle now! My friends keep moving there, so I’m certain I’ll make it there one of these days. I’ll let you know when I do. I do love Vietnamese food.

    Comment by S. Worthen | January 3, 2009 | Reply

  15. You’re in Mecca, Ansam! Wonderful! May God richly bless your journey.

    Oh, Owlfish, it is also a very very literary town, you know, all that rain, it makes for great reading, LOL. I remember us having Vietnamese food once, before Sporty Diamond’s wedding, and having a great time, great conversation, too. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 3, 2009 | Reply

  16. I am back in Kuwait… will post pictures of my trip soon 🙂

    Comment by Ansam | January 4, 2009 | Reply

  17. Welcome! Welcome back, sweet Ansam!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 4, 2009 | Reply


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