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I am a 55 year old mom of 9 who grew up in the beautiful Northwest. I was an aspiring Jazz vocalist and poet until I met and married a Middle Eastern man and that changed my life forever. I moved to Saudi Arabia with 4 small children while 8 months pregnant. Β I lived in a run down villa with no furniture out in the neighborhoods of Riyadh. I then lived in an apartment with limited electricity, and later to a luxury Western compound. I met people from India, Egypt, Morocco, the U.K. and all over the world. I had five more children while living in Saudi. Life was colorful, eventful and lonely at times. I learned to cook many interesting authentic dishes as well as taught my own specialties to neighbors. There were many highs and many lows in this 16 year experience. My children and I relocated to the U.S. 6 years ago where we had a huge adjustment, I had never used a debit card, was not used to paying bills or being in charge of my own life. My kids grew up in a household Β of 11 where meals were home cooked, from scratch and made in huge batches, cooking was a huge part of life. So, I decided with their encouragement, to pass on my real cooking as well as my experiences. I hope you enjoy!0622151118

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  1. Wow, what an inspiring story!

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    May 8, 2016
  2. Hi – I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated/awarded your blog the One Lovely Blog Award. See my post for more details here:


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    May 26, 2016
  3. Wow! You have such a fascinating story! More so because I also live in the Middle East. Would love to get to know you more through your posts.
    P.S. Your pictures are truly beautiful! Such a talented photographer πŸ™‚

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    June 1, 2016
    • Thanks for reading! where do you live?


      June 1, 2016
      • I live in the UAE πŸ™‚

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        June 1, 2016
        • oh ok! Are you from the UAE?


          June 1, 2016
          • I’m an expat based in the UAE. Have been living here almost my entire life πŸ™‚

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            June 1, 2016
          • Wow that is exciting. I lived in Saudi for 16 years.

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            June 2, 2016
          • I was just reading some of your older posts earlier today. I’m still trying to work my way through and figure out the whole story. Either way it sounds like you are happy where you are now and so I’m glad for you πŸ™‚

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            June 5, 2016
          • Thanks so much. At the top of my page the stories are in order but start from us moving to Saudi and then move through. I quit writing and started writing random parts of the story and they are found at the bottom of that category. Thanks for reading!

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            June 5, 2016
          • I did notice that. And your timeline really helped put the posts in perspective πŸ™‚ Love the way you write. It really felt like I was living the stories with you!


            June 6, 2016
  4. I nominated you for the Blogger Appreciation Award and Blogger Recognition Award as tokens of my appreciation for you. Visit when you can and as always, no obligation, just wanted to let you know that you’re great.

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    June 4, 2016
  5. I stumbled up on your blog just now , actually from the picture of you and kids and the clothing which seemed like a burqa ?? I read only one of your post up to now, Good writing, I went through you about page and got to know , more ..and I would like to read more and soon get over to your other posts ..but I have to leave for work now, …Though native to India …. I lived in Saudi for most part of my childhood … ( Dammam ) ..nice to meet you πŸ™‚

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    July 10, 2016
  6. …I am not sure what I am thinking right now .. I have read up to part 2 ..( locked in ) … I came back after ( work ) and over dinner sat reading your blog from the start …. well dinners over long time back , and I am still reading your experiences πŸ™‚ , The reason I mentioned I am not sure what I am thinking right now is probably because , there are all sorts of things just going on in my head right now , most probably having lived in Saudi myself , I think my mind was building the scenes , the images right from the villa to the apartment , the Saudi schools , the streets , the washer men hailing down cars , the bakala ( mini marts ) , arab dress codes , Safe ways parking lots , the train ride !! all these memories were being connected to your experiences , it made me feel I was there ,

    I have met and seen other ( westerners ) there in Saudi ) which is the other thing , there is this conflicting reality , While living there , any westerner that we’d seen was pretty well placed ( among the good life ) , though one thought I have always had was may be there might be another side , and you experiences just might be that other side ……reading up to now has been a walk down memory lane for me ..will read more ,…( I am sorry for the lengthy comment ..I just had to let you know …I have so many things to ask you to know , is there another way to contact you ? email perhaps …? that is if you don’t mind .

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    July 11, 2016
    • Thanks for commenting and it is interesting that you understand things so well. It is hard to imagine unless you have lived in Saudi. So, you grew up there, did you go to Saudi school? You can email me any time. Thanks for reading

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      July 11, 2016
      • Yeah I did grew up in Saudi , but no I did not go to a Saudi school but I sure had some Saudi boys in my neighbourhood , I went to an Indian School , but the teaching medium was in English , and since there lot of students came from all over India we all spoke in English , and when we were out with friends on our bikes , these Saudi kids used come by give us a hard time and the minute they heard us speak English , they’d go the Amereke !!…they couldn’t even make out from the accent πŸ˜› long as it contained ABC .. it was all Amereke to them πŸ™‚ ..err … I couldn’t find your email on the blog .

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        July 11, 2016
        • My kids had a hard time, they went to Saudi school and of course they were given a hard time, half american and half palestinian.

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          July 11, 2016
          • I haven’t finished read the rest of posts yet but I can pretty well imagine , I mean I have had to fight my way through on the streets with some of those kids , and that was only when we ever had to come face to face , but with your kids at school …oh boy .. that must been tough . 😦 .thanks for your email , mine is . Glad to meet you Lynn . Will write to you soon but right now I have to get some sleep it is midnight on this side of the world πŸ™‚

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            July 11, 2016
          • ok nice to meet you!

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            July 11, 2016
  7. 3 New school :- ” …She told me about a school in Dhaharan that was very nice and treated students well…. are you talking about Dhaharan Academy ?? ..”

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    July 15, 2016
  8. Hey I remember Tamimi ( safeway ) , I remember shopping over there .

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    July 16, 2016
  9. Sev #

    Dear Lynn,
    I read your life-story and was moved by your resilience and courage.
    You are an inspiration.

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    August 2, 2016
  10. Sev #

    Hello Lynn, I have a blog dedicated to reviewing books and stories. I hope you won’t mind that I “reviewed” your life story. I just published the article, but in retrospect I thought I should have asked you first. Please let me know if it’s ok with you or if you would prefer me to take it down, which I will understand.
    Have a beautiful week-end, Sev.

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    August 5, 2016
  11. ????


    August 12, 2016
  12. Hi

    Just to let you know I have given your blog a shout out.

    Have a good week

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    August 14, 2016
  13. Lynn, thank you for visiting my blog today & for the follow. Although I haven’t had much of chance to read your blog, your story intrigues me! I look forward to reading more & getting to know one another through our sharing life stories!

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    August 25, 2016
    • I saw you on a friend’s blog and your name stood out hahaha. so I had to drop by and visit and follow! Thanks for stopping by Lynn, Lynn. love your blog

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      August 25, 2016
  14. I plan to reblog your post β€œ β€œin my blog Please let me know as soon as possible if you have any objection. Thank you.


    September 9, 2016
  15. A life experience second to none. I am glad I ‘met’ you and I am now following your blog and would like to know if you may be interested to be a Guest poster with us, and share some of your awesome recipes on our blog?

    Have a look at: and leave me a note in the comments of this post, with a link to your recipe, if you’re interested. That will be just fantastic. Hope to hear from you soon 😊

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    September 18, 2016
  16. Christina Nifong #

    Hi Lynn. You had followed my first blogging project, which I’m just about to shut down. I’d love for you to follow, my new baby. Thanks!

    Love what you’re doing here, BTW!

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    September 28, 2016
  17. Dear Lynn,
    I started reading you life-story and I couldn’t stop…
    I admire your courage… ❀

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    October 20, 2016
  18. Thanks for visiting my post and reading your About has put my expectations of what’s in your blog very high indeed, so I am following to enjoy.

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    October 29, 2016
  19. Wanted to let ypu know that you post released today on my blog. Sorry I did not find another way on the actual post for this comment. Link.
    Hope it’s ok to leave it here.

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    November 10, 2016
  20. I am nominating you for the MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD…you are an inspiration to me and everyone for that matter…I know I have just began to know you and your blog…but I knew right away…Thank You for sharing your experience of Escape and being a Survivor…1000’s of Blessing’s from me to you

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    November 27, 2016
  21. Wow! What an interesting life you’ve led. Thanks for checking out my blog, I look forward to checking out yours.

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    December 17, 2016
  22. Congratulations!

    I have nominated your blog for the Blog-aholic Award.

    A new award for me; maybe for you as well.

    More about this nomination is at

    Liked by 1 person

    February 7, 2017
  23. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and follow me and the storyhounds! You have an inspiring blog here πŸ™‚

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    February 16, 2017
  24. HI Lynz I am inviting you to join in with First Post #myfirstpostrevisited rules on my post at have

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    March 2, 2017
  25. Wow. What you have done with your life is admirable. I read further up that your children had to cope with racism; well, would you believe that even my kids (half French half American with Portuguese origins), especially the oldest, had to put up with some nasty attitudes and comments while attending a small school in rural France. Unfortunately prejudice is universal…
    I am interested in your recipes, I love learning about new flavors!
    Take care.

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    March 4, 2017
  26. Hi Lynz I have nominated you for Song Challenge (Music That Means Something)
    The rules are:
    Post a song a day for five consecutive days.
    Post what the lyrics mean to you. (Optional)
    Post the name of the song and video.
    Nominate 1 or 2 bloggers each day of the challenge.
    willow xx


    April 7, 2017
  27. ANM7 #

    The first time I went round to your about page, yet I feel that I have read it before (my bad, no doubt). Mindblowing.


    November 10, 2017
  28. Hanah Miles #

    I am excited to read your earlier posts and am inspired by the difficult yet wise decisions you have made for yourself and your children (as well as your children’s children’s children). Bless you and your beautiful family! And thank you for sharing your story.

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    December 11, 2017
  29. Thia is an amazing story, thank you!

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    December 21, 2017
  30. Lynz
    I have a favor to ask you. Since you have a lot of people reading your posts, would you mind sharing link to Hugh’s post -Help me raise 250 pounds for the Dogs trust by leaving me a link to your blog at
    Thank you and wishing you a happy new year.


    December 31, 2017
  31. WOW. What a life! So glad you’re sharing parts of it here. xo

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    January 9, 2018
  32. Just WOW! I will be coming back to spend more time reading about your interesting life! It is especially poignant because I attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, and currently live in Boise. Glad I found your blog! ~ Lynn

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    January 30, 2018
  33. Hi Lyn. JUst a note that if you write anything on your blog of your stories you will not be able to submit anything to a publisher unless if your writing is about 6 months then you can erase it and submit it.

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    April 30, 2018
  34. Hope you enjoyed your marathon Jukebox Reading/listening session! Regards Thom.


    August 25, 2018
  35. Dear Lynz

    Firstly, I wish to take this opportunity to thank you in person for connection with me via EsmeSalon.

    This is a personal invitation to come and join us next week and every coming Monday through to Friday and share a post link here with us at Senior Salon. Thanks for your visit/s to my blog and looking forward to reading your posts

    Also, if you wish to participate in an Interview or Guest Post, please do not hesitate to contact me, as I will be happy to showcase you and your blog.

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    November 4, 2018
    • You are so kind! Thank you so much! I have to remember to visit and I sure love it when I do! ❀️


      November 4, 2018
  36. I know it’s been a while since this was written, but I just wanted to say that you’re story is beautiful. Your resilience, and strength was amazing to read. I’m glad that you’re now living a safe and happy life. πŸ’–πŸ™‚

    (P.S. and I’m just curious, and I’m sorry if I’m a little nosy, but are you still a Muslim?)


    February 21, 2019

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