Ornament Swap 2015

Ornament Swap 2015

Although our Christmas ornament tradition looks different than it originally did when we started, we still make sure it happens and we are still just as competitive as ever, maybe even more.

The fact that we are now living in our third country in under three years means we have a wide range of things about our life that are ornament worthy.

I considered going with a camel ornament, for obvious reasons.


Or maybe a brightly colored chick to represent the ones our neighbors once gave us for pets.


Even an abaya ornament would be fun, considering my latest fashion forward attire. Be jealous.

IMG_2727 So many different options and Etsy only a mouse click away. What’s a girl to do?

After several weeks of pondering my ornament options I decided to go with a favorite memory from our last year but you’ll need a tiny bit of background for it to make sense.

Moving to a new country, finding a language teacher, learning a new language dialect, arriving with only 18 suitcases for your family of seven, riding around for 4+ hours a day with your five kids in the car to find an apartment, searching night and day for things to go in your empty apartment, having your credit card stolen, totaling a car that belonged to another family, Ramadan starting, your computer falling off the couch and shattering the screen and your iPhone  crashing can all be pretty stressful occurrences. And when all of those things happens within a six week time period, you start to question your sanity. #truestory

This past summer when we first moved it just seemed that something went wrong at every turn. We just couldn’t catch a break and so I did what any other grown woman would do, I put on my big girl panties and tried to focus on the positive I cried. And Hubby, being the amazing man that he is would leave at any hour of the night and drive to the Great American Cookie Company to get me a Double Doozie because calories and chocolate seem to fix everything. I’m not going to say how many times he made late night runs to the Cookie Company but I will say he’s on a first name basis with the cashier.


Now each year when I pull out the ornament I got for Britten this year, I’ll look back on those stressful days and smile.


Britten came strong with his ornament this year as well. Remember the picture above of my stylish new outfit? Britten got me an ornament that represents what the ladies in our country wear. I love it!


We decided my ornament was the winner this year because of the story it represents for our family but I’ll let you decide who you think won the 2015 Christmas ornament exchange.

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