Next month it will be 9 years since we made the trip back to my hometown and eventually decided to stay. To be honest, two of my children told me they would not return to Saudi if I chose to, and they knew there was no way I would leave them here alone. Once again they turned out to be my heroes and helped me to be strong.
We were, and still are a unit, a family but also a tightly knit group that formed a bond through fear, isolation and of course love. My kids never told on one another, everyone knew that could be a scary prospect. They stood up for me and every member of our family. We put whatever limited resources available to us in for the better good of the group. We stood together as one working to make it through each obstacle.
After a few months of being stalked, harassed and threatened, he made a visit to our little town and then returned to Saudi. He announced his marriage to a second wife and soon there would a new baby. During this time I tried to divorce but efforts were futile. He offered to buy a home, the first stable place for my kids in years and so I agreed.
I am grateful for this home but it also comes with a price, being linked to him. The view from my deck is shown in all of the photos above. One day my daughter told me “It is like God put our name on this house and handed it to us”
Thank you for your love and support!