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Back to Saudi 2013

We left Saudi in April of 2009, we never returned after the summer.  Two of the older kids made a trip back in 2012 and then Soos and Mude wanted to visit. Foof accompanied them as she speaks fluent Arabic. The trip was not great, but it did give them some answers and help them to move forward!

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Hospital where my 6th child was born, now renovated–there baby stands 18 years later!

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Mude (the runner) out at the desert

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Sumaya at the corniche

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My son at the beach

 

 

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  1. Great photos!

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    February 9, 2016
  2. Fabulous photos of your beautiful children, Lynn.❤️ Nutella ???

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    February 9, 2016
    • yes isn’t it tiny? I had not heard of it here, but there it was huge, they get tons of european, asian, indian products.

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      February 9, 2016
  3. Your children are so beautiful and handsome. It had to be an eye opening and life changing trip for them.

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    February 9, 2016
    • It really was suzanne! It was hardest for my sweet son! he wanted to return as soon as he got there. He was young when we left so I think memories all flooded back I dont know. His father kept bringing up his “sister” and insisted on throwing her in with them which was akward and weird for them since he never bothered to address his marriage and child to them!! anyway it was a life changing trip!

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      February 9, 2016
  4. Gorgeous kids. We’re kids glad to leave?

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    February 9, 2016
    • the older kids told me when we relocated, they would not return, things had gotten to such a bad place! so I stayed here not being able to be without my kids. The younger ones didn’t remember much so the return visit gave them clarity for sure!

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      February 9, 2016
      • I am soooo glad you stayed…..

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        February 9, 2016
        • Thanks dear, I am too! It has been a rough road but we have made huge progress! we are hoping to come over during Spring break and I hope we can see you!

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          February 9, 2016
  5. Great photos Lynn! (of the ones that would download for me). This iPad is starting to give me problems.

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    February 9, 2016
  6. It must have been strange to visit. I am sure a lot of memories…. Maybe closure. Your children have experienced life….and life. They are great and I know you are so proud. x

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    February 9, 2016
    • I am so very proud. I think it did bring closure for sure!

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      February 9, 2016
    • I think that “your kids experienced life….and life” is profound. Because most of the time life – it just kind of sucks. The highlights make for gratitude, but it is hard to *love* so much of the crap… 🙂

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      February 9, 2016
  7. Great photos Lynn and I think it was good for your kids to re-visit Saudi Arabia again. Then they much better understand your choice about leaving.

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    February 9, 2016
  8. It’s lovely to see all these photos of your children…so grown up now…your love has made them that they are Lynz 💕💕💕

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    February 9, 2016
  9. I am so glad you are posting about your life. I need to spend more time in your site to learn more. You and your children are beautiful.

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    February 9, 2016
  10. Great post and wonderful pictures. I think you’ve done a remarkable job raising your children. They all seem like wonderful people!

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    February 9, 2016
  11. As “HE” reaps what he sows…It gave the children a clearer picture. As they themselves become parents only then will the thrust and impact of what they do recall come to surface. My hat as always is off to you Lynn, for your endurance, care, love, devotion to your 9 babies! Cheryl xoxoxoxox

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    February 9, 2016
  12. Great photos! I bet the trip was very emotional for them. Great photo of your daughter standing in front of the hospital where she was born..what a treasure!

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    February 9, 2016
    • Yes I was so excited to see her go there and pose! It was highly emotional! The year before Foof had gone with Abdullah, his second wife and child were there and that was awful!!!! The next time it was just he and his mother so it was better but he was acting like his old self so it was a mess! My son wanted to come home the day he got there- a long two weeks for us all! But I think some clarity for all!

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      February 9, 2016
  13. Sandhya #

    Lynn,
    Very nice photographs. Your children are so beautiful and handsome!

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    February 9, 2016
  14. koolaidmoms #

    Lovely pictures. Hopefully it gave the children the clarity they were seeking.

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    February 9, 2016
  15. Nice photos.. it must have been quite an experience going back to Saudi. I would love to visit the hospital I was born too haha 🙂

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    February 9, 2016
  16. Beautiful children you have. And brave. Walking through the fire is hard for anyone but particularly for children who had no say in what happened. The ‘sister’ ‘remarriage’ issue struck a deep chord with me. It should be no surprise that their father is quite so crass and insensitive I suppose but it must have been terribly hard for the children to just be expected to accept his status quo. Of course I LOVE that teeny tiny Nutella – haven’t ever seen one so small, not even in France 🙂

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    February 9, 2016
    • Yes isn’t that a tiny Nutella? They do love nutella! Yes it has been hard for them and I hope now we can just move forward!

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      February 9, 2016
      • YOu will. I don’t write of my experience and what happened to my children. All I can promise is they will find their way and they are the stronger for it. Really mummy, they will and they are 🙂

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        February 9, 2016
        • Wow sorry to hear there is a story, i kind of wondered after some things you have said!!

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          February 9, 2016
          • It’s for the telling some day but not for now – Mine is long ago and far away and the thing is my children have THRIVED and so are yours … I just feel I should acknowledge my solidarity when appropriate 🙂

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            February 9, 2016
          • Thanks!!!!! I appreciate it so much!

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            February 9, 2016
  17. Great images! At least they had each other while there and had fun being tourists.

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    February 9, 2016
  18. Amazing photos of your kids Lynn. You should be proud – you are a great mom! 🙂

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    February 9, 2016
  19. So many smiles! And a life-changing trip for al, even for those who stayed behindl, I’m sure.

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    February 9, 2016
  20. Such great pictures, and so nice that they were able to take the trip together! I love the picture of your daughter standing outside the hospital where she was born. 🙂 xo

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    February 9, 2016
  21. Loving these beautiful photos ♥

    summerdaisy.net

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    February 9, 2016
  22. That small thing of nutella looks like a bottle of nail polish. :D….So when you guys left, did he know you were leaving for good or did he think you were coming back?

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    February 9, 2016
    • NO he didn’t! He said I could not go, I spent most days in my bedroom, laying there doing nothing trying to keep things calm, he warned me that I would never take his kids any where. I tried to be calm, cool and go along. My son was graduating in Chem. Engineering so I begged to go. I didn’t know I wasn’t going back. My two older kids told me they would not go back withe me! It was a bad situation and so I stayed . They knew I would not leave them in the states and go back! It was very scary. We painted our apartment window with spray paint so if he came he could not look in. So no he did not know and neither did I. I did a paper route at 1 am a cleaning job and was a cook. I had 7 kids to take care of, no income. So it was rough.

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      February 9, 2016
      • What an ordeal! The decision your boys made was a very brave one. I almost wonder if they already knew before leaving that they were not going to go back…maybe they already had their minds made up. Good thing they did…it gave you the courage to leave that relationship, even though you had to start over from scratch. I bet you lived on pins and needles for quite some time after that.

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        February 9, 2016
  23. Thank you for always bringing us a glimpse into another world

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    February 9, 2016
  24. A lot of memories there, Lynz. Your children seem to have grown up to be come lovely people.
    Leslie

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    February 9, 2016
  25. Nice photos, Lynn! I’m glad you and your kids were able to come back to the United States. What’s Vimto?

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    February 9, 2016
  26. Lovely pictures! Such a beautiful family!

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    February 9, 2016
  27. Hmm interesting. Maybe it was similar to Fanta? I pay attention to details a lot. Lol. Yum Starbucks too!

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    February 9, 2016
  28. That was a good idea for them to go back. As you said, that way they could easier and convinced move on. Great pics again and of course… Nutella!!! That is the first time I see that currency!

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    February 9, 2016
  29. I am sure they will be very settled in the States now, as they have no more illusions about the life that was. xx

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    February 9, 2016
  30. Wonderful photos, and your children look so happy. I should think the trip was filled with memories and would have meant so much to them. It’s good to know they’re happily settled in the United States.

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    February 9, 2016
  31. Great pics as always!

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    February 9, 2016
  32. Great photos, Lynz, thanks for sharing!

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    February 9, 2016
  33. Beautiful family. I’m glad the ones who wanted to, got to return for some closure, or information…. Do they have a chance to embrace that part of their culture, considering all that they have been through? It seems as if you embraced a good deal of it (food, etc) and can keep that part alive for them.

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    February 9, 2016
    • Arabic school was…. ROUGH! They were not accepted at all. Now they are finding out who they are like most young people. It has been difficult even for me so for them hard!

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      February 9, 2016
  34. Thank you so much for showing us your precious family! xoxo

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    February 9, 2016
  35. So glad the kids had the chance to return. Even better that their father behaved in such a way that it helped them to move on.

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    February 9, 2016
    • I felt bad but that was real for them

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      February 9, 2016
      • They needed to experience it for themselves, and at an age when it made sense. Well, the whole thing will never make sense, but you know what I mean.

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        February 9, 2016
        • Yes I totally agree Peggy! They saw it and said no thanks, not going back and remembered it or I think they did!

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          February 9, 2016
  36. I am glad you have these photos. This whole Arabic experience seems surreal to me – and I am so grateful you can be back in the states. We definitely have problems here, but I hope your kids are all happy to be able to be here. Sending you blessings always ❤

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  37. Some questions I’ve had for a while have been answered. This post has added to my constant feeling throughout that you are an incredibly strong, patient and wise woman. You are the island on which your children can seek sanctuary and yet you allow them to explore the shifting sometimes turbulent seas around them. I loved these photos but your attempt at self video taping has me in awe! I think you need an audio-visual crew to follow you around. A Lynn S reality show. You’re much more interesting then those dull New Jersey Housewives! Love, Clare

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    February 9, 2016
  38. Such lovely photos of your beautiful babies 🙂
    Having read all of the comments above, it really must have been quite an experience for them all x

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    February 10, 2016
  39. Great share :

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    February 10, 2016
  40. 🙂

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    February 10, 2016
  41. Wonderful post Lynz – let the pictures do the talking – I would call this ‘Full Circle’ xx

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    February 10, 2016
  42. Beautiful family ❤ Great photos, Lynz!

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    February 10, 2016
  43. Beautiful family!

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    February 10, 2016
  44. beautiful pictures! that small jar of nutella is so cute 🙂

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    February 10, 2016
  45. I’d be curious to hear some of their perspectives!

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    February 11, 2016
  46. Your children are very beautiful. They exude happiness.

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    February 11, 2016

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