Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Movie of the Week

Hubby and I watched "The Kingdom" last night. It was a great movie...much better than I expected. They gave a good history of the royal family, the complexities of the culture, the sensitivity of the US/Saudi relationship and the hardship for those living in much of the Middle East. I feel like so much of that region is misunderstood...that was always my frustration in being in Turkey. They literally look at life through a different set of lenses. Not bad lenses, just different.
So often, as westerners, we think that everyone has the same view of democracy and justice. There it's very much about honor and doing good for the whole. Like I said, not bad, just different.
Hubby and I talked yesterday about when we'll move to Turkey. Because of the kids it would be best if we either waited until they were in high school OR moved there in 2009 and came back stateside in 5 years. It kills me both ways:
-we leave next year and I leave a great church family AND I have to come back in 5 years even if I love it there.
-my heart has ached to be in Turkey for the last 7 years and to have to wait for 12 more sounds like torture.
His ways our not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts. His Word will not return empty or undone.

****I realize I need to explain the 5 years. Our daughter wouldn't have many opportunities to thrive after a certain age and we would like for her to be able to be herself. We would move back stateside when she entered jr. high.***


Lomagirl said...

Why do you have to come back in five years? If you are meant to be there, it'll work out. A great international school may open for high school, or the kids may want to go to Black Forest Academy in Germany. Don't dely. If you do, it may never happen. In 12 years, something else will come up to make you need to stay. Okay, I don't know the whole story here, but that's my 2 cents.

Lomagirl said...

Oops. Don't delay. (though dely refers to dilly dallying as well. Hmmm.)

Tara said...

why 5 years?

Lomagirl said...

Oh. I see your thoughts on this. But you may be surprised when you get there. She may end up thriving in ways you can't fathom now.
(Why do I want you to go so badly? I think international experiences are incredible and do fantastic things for kids.)