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Baking, cooking and sugar plum fairies

Saturday afternoon a shiny, new stove arrived at my front door! The other stove was only nine years old but had seen much wear and tear, burners refused to turn off and heated up randomly and recently a buzzing noise from inside started catching the attention of my children. Still, I was so very grateful to have a stove as many people do not.


Stove from Osama and Jacki!

If you have followed my blog and life story then you already know that I cooked on a stove that was purchased from a flea market of sorts in downtown Riyadh. Two of the four burners functioned and both shocked me if I used any metal utensils. We lived with no beds, chairs, tables etc. for a couple of years and with the very bare necessities when we lived outside of compounds. My parents supplied any luxury items for our family (new towels, clothing, shoes, kitchen gadgets, toys)  and we fought to hang on to those. We have all learned to be grateful for the smallest of things and realize material items cannot bring happiness, but they can make life very difficult when you do not have even the basics.

I was raised in a beautiful home on six sprawling acres of pine trees and never imagined living without the basics and also the many extras that I had become accustomed to. I was unaware of the insidious cycle of abuse until it swallowed me whole and spit me back out.

But now things are different and my children are allowed to make their own choices and to be who they were meant to be.


My nine children

Meanwhile, I sit in my comfy recliner and sip coffee while visions of jelly roll, sugar cookies and fried rice dance in my head. Thoughts drift to concoctions that will be whipped up on a brand new stove!

Happy Holidays and remember that things can get better, there is always hope!

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  1. The photos of the food look so delicious! Congratulations on the new stove! I have read your story over the past year or two and marvel at your strength and how you have held your family together. Even though you may not have always felt it, I think God sure must love you extra special!

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    December 19, 2018
  2. Wonderful goodies photos! A state of the art stove! All set for holiday baking! Know how blessed you are living in the US. Your “other” life further & further away. Merry Christmas & Happy New year to you & your beautiful family! 🎄🎶📚 Christine

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    December 19, 2018
  3. Just think of all the wonderful meals you’ll be able to prepare on that lovely new stove, Lynn.
    Christmas came early.
    Leslie ❤

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    December 19, 2018
  4. Right, when I saw the new stove I thought back to that first or the stove in the apartment that shocked you and you had to use wooden spoons or get shocked!

    How wonderful to have the means to replace the old stove/oven! Yes, we count our blessings!!

    Enjoy your new kitchen tool! I know tasty foods will be made using it.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours! xx

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    December 19, 2018
  5. ❤ ❤
    Hope! The meaning of Christmas! ❤

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    December 19, 2018
  6. Enjoy that beautiful new shiny appliance my friend! Wishing you and your family the loveliest of the holiday season!

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    December 19, 2018
  7. Of course, the past can never be erased or forgotten. But I can imagine that sometimes you think back and everything appears like a nightmare from which you finally awoke! I am happy you are having a new stove!

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    December 19, 2018
  8. Oh those food photos are making me drool. What a beautiful new stove. Enjoy it xx…It must have been so hard for you all back during that time. Im glad you and your children are now enjoying life xx

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    December 19, 2018
  9. I love a shiny new stove, apart from the initial burning smell until it beds itself in. May there be many hundreds of happy meals and wondrously tasty treats conjured up on it.

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    December 19, 2018
  10. What a wonderful gift for you Lynn. I know everyone will receive tasty gifts from you as a result.

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    December 19, 2018
  11. Happy happy joy joy, a new stove for a lovely lady who enjoys spoiling everyone with wonderful treats. Happy Christmas to you and your family Lyn.

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    December 19, 2018
  12. I could not love this post more! Congratulations on the new stove and for the words of hope and appreciating what we HAVE ❤ Love you, Lynn!!!! ❤

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    December 19, 2018
  13. Wonderful news about the new stove and cooking concoctions dancing in your head, dear sister. More blessings to come!

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    December 19, 2018
  14. You deserve a real stove

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    December 20, 2018
  15. Have fun with your new stove Lynz. I’m sure you will cook up some fantastic meals and treats . 🙂

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    December 20, 2018
  16. Wow! The new stove is beautiful!! So many yummy things to be made on it!! xoxoxox

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    December 20, 2018
  17. Have a beautiful holiday Lynn!

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    December 20, 2018
  18. Congrats on your new stove and stunning photos, Lynn!

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    December 20, 2018
  19. Great stove! Your cooking is so much a part of your family life I know you will enjoy it. And so will they!

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    December 20, 2018
  20. Oh you are going to have fun!

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    December 20, 2018
  21. Great photos of the food. I like the play of light rays enveloping the kids. Merry Christmas to you! 🙂

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    December 21, 2018
  22. All so enticing, Lynn! So many beautiful bllessings emanate from “you”! Season’s greetings snd ‘Best’ wishes into another new year! Cheers!

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    December 22, 2018
  23. Nothing like a new stove to get the creative juices flowing!! You deserve the very best of everything my friend. And yes we should count our blessings for what we have, its no until you go without the basics to make you appreciate them even more. Happy holidays my friend and better yet, Happy Cooking…xxx

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    December 27, 2018

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