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Timeline for life in Saudi

A good friend of mine Sadie’s Nestsadiesnest.com asks me questions about times and places after I post a story. We moved around allot in Saudi so I realized it might be confusing. I am posting a timeline for anyone who follows my story and finds it helpful.This timeline was compiled with the best intentions so if there are any errors I apologize in advance. Here it is and I tried to add pictures if I had them for each time period. Thanks for reading and supporting me!

October 1993

Moved from Seattle to Riyadh Saudi Arabia

Boys attend first school in Riyadh a few blocks from the villa

Lived in Villa with no furniture

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June 1994 moved to apartment with no electricity downtown Riyadh

Boys attend second grade at a different school next door to apartment

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June 1995 Moved to Al-Khobar and into first compound

Boys attend a nice, Westernized school

Picture below is the pool at the compound

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June 1996 moved back to Riyadh to large new compound

The two older boys started at a large school in Riyadh.

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 June 2002 Moved out of the compound and to a little compound in Riyadh

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June 2005 Took the two oldest boys to America to University.

When we came back we moved to a different small compound in Riyadh.

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June 2008 moved back to Al-Khobar to Villa

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2009 moved back to the United States

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  1. Wow-yes a lot of moving! But you are home in US now…Never to return to Saudi, I hope!

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    October 17, 2015
  2. I agree with Cheryl!
    I can’t imagine 16 years in such a suffocatingly stifled atmosphere.
    And however did you live without furniture??
    Well, you certainly learned gratefulness for when you got away, didn’t you??!!

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    October 17, 2015
  3. I love your stories! 🙂

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    October 17, 2015
  4. The separate boys and girls section in schools over here too. I love your recount.

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    October 17, 2015
  5. I can’t imagine living like that. Tough on you and your kids. Thank God you are back in the states and safe. Blessings & hugs!

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    October 17, 2015
  6. Thank you for sharing this Lyn

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    October 17, 2015
  7. I’m reading and learning … hanging on your every word.

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    October 17, 2015
  8. Thanks so much for posting the timeline, Lynn. I am so inspired by you — you are such a sweet friend and such a wonderful mother to your children! Blessings to you, sweet Lynn!

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    October 17, 2015
  9. But through it all you have stayed strong and your kids had a wonderful mother, they will have learnt valuable lessons on life…bless you all 🙂

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    October 17, 2015
  10. “June 1995 Moved to Al-Khobar and into first compound

    Boys attend a nice, Westernized school”
    For me June 13, 1995 was my birthdate 😀

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    October 18, 2015
  11. The timeline helps! Thank you. Are all your kids back in the USA and how old are they now?

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    October 18, 2015
  12. Thank you for this, I admire you and your strength Lynz 🙂

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    October 18, 2015
  13. Thanks for the time line, I have just started following your amazing journey of survival it seems, so this was very helpful. Like so many others on here you are truly a pillar of strength.

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    October 18, 2015
  14. Wow you have been through so much. Thanks for sharing and bless you!

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    October 18, 2015
  15. You have been trying many places there Lynz and at least you had some better years in the good compound.

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    October 18, 2015
  16. What a journey! I was looking forward to the last point. 2009 was also my breakthrough year. I think that is a good occasion to pass an award on to you, Lynz 🙂 https://erikakind.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/lucky-number-7/

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    October 18, 2015
    • Thanks so much Erika! As you might have seen I am not good at awards. I did a few and also tried reblogging which was not a success ha ha. I do adore you and this is an honor!! thank you to a special endearing person!

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      October 18, 2015
  17. What an odyssey and what strength on your part.

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    October 18, 2015
  18. Super Lynz, this helps to keep track of your amazing journey xx

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    October 18, 2015
  19. Ah thank you – yes I am fully recovered, but VERY VERY busy, problems way beyond my control that I don’t want to go public on, but could e mail you to fill you in – all quite stressful.
    The plus side is my Christmas cake is in the oven – YES, you must make them at least two months in advance and feed them brandy every week and the fruit just matures. I am going to tie a post in with the Christmas markets…..
    Just catching up on posts that I have not had a chance to read as I have been like a headless chicken all week!

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    October 18, 2015
  20. Glad you’re back in the goof ol’ USA. Bet you are too.

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    October 18, 2015
  21. Lovely post Lynz. .. 🙂

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    October 18, 2015
  22. I thought I had an interesting life… but its nothing compared to your life. I have so many questions running around my head. For the most part, were the children able to attend schools with a western curriculum? I’m so happy the first two were able to enter college in the states after spending a few years being schooled in Saudi. Lord knows its hard enough apply for colleges when the family/child lives here in the States.++ I saw in one of your photos that you and one of your daughters were still ‘covered’ even though you had returned ‘home’. How did it take you to get used to the idea about leaving the house in regular Western clothing? It must’ve been such a culture shock for all of you. ++ I remember when we were living in Malta and the grocery stores were nothing like our huge stores here in the States. I would wander around the grocery stores (while home on vacation) and remember being amazed at the quality and quantity of all the foodstuffs. And I had probably only been in Malta for about two years at that time & we came home sometimes twice a year!! ++ The schools in Malta have a British system of education – from the time the British were in Malta. I found the education system so different from what I was used to… there was so much stress on ‘do it this way’ and not enough creative problem solving and generating your own opinions and ideas. The tests are so stressful that I knew parents that wouldn’t attend a party etc. because their (often very young) children were facing exams and they had to help them study. Sooo much stress. I volunteered at an excellent private school and loved the children and teachers… but did NOT like the system.

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    October 18, 2015
    • Wow I didn’t know any of this about you! Ok my first beginning stories talk more about this but here is the brief idea, the boys went to Saudi school from 1-12 grades! the last picture in our last year in Saudi, dont have a picture of the last place in Khobar where we lived the last year so I put my daughter and I instead at the beach there. The school system is not good!!! I had the girls and all the kids in the system until my boys went to college. They had helped me because they spoke arabic and could talk to the school teachers. We came home 3 times in 15 years. The little kids didnt go to school we home schooled. ha ha there is all is!

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      October 18, 2015
      • Wow Oh Wow Oh Wow – what a story!! Thanks so much for taking the time to write to me. I know how busy you are. I so enjoyed reading your reply!! And I thought I had it hard when we moved to Quebec (Montreal) and I couldn’t understand any French. The only thing I understood during the birth of my twin sons was,”Encore” when they discovered there was another baby!! LOL (My French is much better now after owning our farm near Quebec City!)

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        October 18, 2015
  23. Lynz!!!! You have the best stor83/ `§

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    October 18, 2015
    • Thanks!

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      October 18, 2015
      • Goodness! I think my phone went crazy before I could finish writing the rest of my comment. I was going to say I love all your stories and I can tell you’re an amazing mother. You love your family so much. I’m so glad you’re here in in the US! Yay!! US!! I admire you so much!!! ❤️

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        October 18, 2015
        • Oh thank you dear Carisa!!!! It has been a journey for sure!! thanks for reading and being so kind! Yes YAH! being over there I had no power and no way out!

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          October 18, 2015
          • I’m so glad you got out. It makes my heartache for those who are still over there who don’t have those things. I’m so glad you’re out though. ❤️ it makes me realize how much I take for granted.

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            October 18, 2015
          • I have several friends who left their kids behind which is heart breaking!

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            October 18, 2015
          • Oh! Lynz! I can’t imagine making such a difficult decision. Do you think they could ever be reunited or is that something that doesn’t really happen? I’m so sorry for your friends.

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            October 18, 2015
          • my one friend just had her 19 year old son after 7 years of not seeing him, come to live with her, going to school. He made the choice to come here. My kids their dad is not a saudi, so he could not keep us there, only fear and no money etc. to leave. But if you marry a saudi, you cannot leave and take your kids!!!! but of course at age 18 they can leave!

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            October 18, 2015
          • Lynz! I didn’t see this last night! This breaks me.. It’s just so hard to even imagine. I’m naive about laws like this. In so sorry people have to endure such things. (((,Lynz))))) ❤️

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            October 19, 2015
          • Oh thanks dear! I put up a story on Saturday and will put one tomorrow I hope! your so sweet!

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            October 19, 2015
  24. Goodness! I think my phone went crazy before I could finish writing the rest of my comment. I was going to say I love all your stories and I can tell you’re an amazing mother. You love your family so much. I’m so glad you’re here in in the US! Yay!! US!! I admire you so much!!! ❤️

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    October 18, 2015
  25. This was a great break down. The time line really helps. Thank you for being so courageous and tactful in telling your story.

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    October 18, 2015
  26. This is a very good breakdown Lynn!! Thanks so much for inspiring all of us!! 🙂

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    October 18, 2015
  27. You have done a lot of moving around Lynn! Finally back to your own country – I am sure that must have felt nice and sweet!

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    October 18, 2015
  28. Thank you Lynn! Yes, very helpful to me:) I the way you write, my heart breaks for what you have endured. I didn’t realize you had been in the states so long. Has he been gone the whole time?

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    October 19, 2015
    • Oh my goodness Lynn, how terrible. I’m so sorry, and glad you have this time right now. At least you can prove that he has given you no financial support in all of this time. That’s on your side. I’m praying for you regularly. And can’t wait to read more about it!

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      October 19, 2015
  29. Your story… no… really? No furniture? No electricity? I guess I was lucky enough to have electricity, but there was no furniture. Managed to get some money to buy a bed, washer and dryer, but I had to transfer money from the UK to buy a sofa and table, as I was pregnant and eating off the floor. (It was rare that I was allowed to eat. I was starved during and after my pregnancy).
    Thank you for sharing your story.
    Thank you for you for being so inspiring and so strong.
    I shall keep up with your posts.

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    October 19, 2015
    • that is awful! Where did you move to?

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      October 19, 2015
      • London, UK – Savannah, GA – New York (hurricane Sandy hit, plus I had 8 weeks to go before having my son) – Upstate New York – and with 6 weeks to go before having my son – Marietta, GA.

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        October 19, 2015
        • wow!!!!

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          October 19, 2015
          • Indeed. Most of the moving around was in the last two months of my pregnancy. We were homeless, sleeping in the car with no heating in winter. I was so hungry and weak. I thought I was going to lose my baby. I remember when my little one didn’t move for 5 days. I was so afraid of what a doctor would say, I just cried.

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            October 19, 2015
          • so sad!!!! Are you back with family now?

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            October 19, 2015
          • Yes and no. Still haven’t decided where to settle yet! Wherever I find work that can cover everything my son needs, that is where I will go. x

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            October 19, 2015
          • xx

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            October 19, 2015
  30. So you’ve only been back for 6 years? Seems like a short amount of time compared to the decades of hell you went through in Saudi Arabia.

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    October 19, 2015
    • Wow…I could see why you have anxiety! You mentioned another kid and marriage…did he remarry?

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      October 19, 2015
  31. Lynz, your story is made of stuff one only reads about or sees in a movie. I can’t wait to come back here to see the pictures after my eye is fixed.

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    October 20, 2015
  32. Wow, your family hopped around like bedbugs! I can’t imagine the stress. I’m sure you’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but what was your husband’s profession? Was that what drove most of the moves?

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    October 20, 2015
    • he is an engineer, in saudi if you dont go from your country with a contract then you have little stability. But he became unhappy with each new job and place we lived and then we moved or got kicked out!!!

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      October 20, 2015
  33. Wow Lynn! I don’t know how you did it. I bet it’s weird looking at your years there summarized in a timeline!

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    October 21, 2015
  34. This is very helpful!

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    October 21, 2015
  35. And here I am thinking I have a difficult life. I can’t imagine. I admire your tenacity, Lynz.

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    October 21, 2015
    • Thanks Anna! I just posted my latest story today. I hope you are well!:)

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      October 21, 2015
      • I’m 99% better. Thank you. 🙂 Yes, I saw your latest post. I’m saving it for next time because I don’t want to rush reading through it. It’s pretty late here and I’m dozing off on and off :D. I think it’s best to hit the sack. 😀 I will definitely visit again just to read it. Have a great night, Lynz. Take care. 🙂

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        October 21, 2015

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