I travel the world and am truly amazed with the sights, cultures, and people but in my eyes there is no place like home.


07 February 2009

This is it.....

My last day in Kuwait. It still doesn’t seem real. It’s rainy and dreary here today – it never rains. This blog will no longer be “Midwest girl in the Desert” since no longer in the desert. It will have to be Midwest Girl, or maybe I can come up with something more creative. I’ll blog about trying to readjust to normal life, life in the US, life working a normal 9-5, life around family and friends, fixing up my house, dating (well maybe I wont blog about that as my grandpa reads this blog).

I am looking forward to this next chapter in my life, it’s exciting. But I am also sad to leave Kuwait. Kuwait and the Middle East have been home for more or less the last 5 years. Since graduating from Law school I have been here. It is weird to be leaving with no plans in the near future to return. I am sure I’ll deploy again at some point, but for the first time in several years I don’t have plans. Instead I am going to focus on truly reintegrating into life at home. Becoming a normal person again. We will see how it works. I will miss the adventure, I will miss the feeling of importance, and I’ll definitely miss the income. But I know there is a lot waiting for me at home as well, so maybe all of those things won’t matter. Or I’ll just have to make my own adventures.

Stay tuned for the next chapter………

04 February 2009


I truly believe that anyplace can feel like home with a bit of work and decoration. I lived in a shipping connex for a year and a half but it was cozy and home – so trust me I have experience. For the last two years this wonderful four bedroom duplex in Jabriya, Kuwait has been home. I painted, I decorated, and I enjoyed.

Formal living and dinning room.

My kitchen.

The laundry – which I won’t miss as these are the smallest machines ever! I can’t wait for my very large very cool orange washer and dryer at home.

Entertainment room and guest bathroom.

The outdoor patio that Aeisha and I loved – excuse the half dead plants I started to let things die as knew I was leaving.


Guest bedroom and bathroom that got more use that I expected. Only regret is that my mom never made it over to visit and stay.

My bedroom.

Dressing room.

It already feels less like home as my curtains have been replaced with standard government issue, my chandeliers are down, plants have been relocated. Tomorrow all the rest of my personal belongings will be packed up and shipped to Council Bluffs. I have a very strong hunch that a few tears will be shed. I am extremely excited and blessed to have an amazing family, friends, and a job waiting for me in Council Bluffs. But this has been home for over two years and I will definitely miss it. Bittersweet right now.