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Driving? In Theory…

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Jamal has taken the theory driving test 3x. He failed all 3 modules twice, but on his last trip passed 2 modules. So he will take just the final module next. They offer the test in Arabic which I didn’t know! His friend who failed 6x has given him a book to study to help him. The social worker from their old area told me he has referred their file to the new area.

Learning the Language

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We found out Jamal and Hiba will not be offered a full time French course from the government until November. So in the meantime I have found them an adult education centre where they are taking beginner English classes every morning. They are very excited to be in school and learning. They have found a new garderie for the boys so things are falling into place. Hiba now has her own phone which is great for her

Burkini Bathing

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We have been to their pool several times while it has been so hot. Hiba only would dip her feet as she didn’t have the right clothes. One day Jamal surprised her by buying her a burkini! She is so happy! Now she can swim with us.

Moving

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Jamal and Hiba’s apartment building had a problem with bed bugs. An exterminator had visited twice but they took matters into their own hands and told me they were moving! They left most of the furniture behind and have bought new mattresses, sofas, and table and chairs. The salesman at the Brick was from Syria and gave them a good deal on lots of their items. They are becoming very self sufficient. I am now helping them with all the … Read More “Moving”

Chores and Chicken

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Today we managed to strike off 2 items from our to do list. Jamal and Hiba both saw a dentist (I took the kids to a park to play for the hour) and Hiba’s glasses needed replacing. I found an optician who speaks Arabic and Hiba’s new glasses were updated and ready within the hour. Jamal treated us to a halal fried chicken with French fries and coleslaw for lunch. The restaurant reminded them of one they used to go … Read More “Chores and Chicken”

Eid mubarak!

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Ramadan is finishing next week. The celebrations at the end of Ramadan are called Eid and all the family needs to have new clothes. They managed to find clothes for both adults on St Catherine Street but couldn’t find clothes for their children. While looking they wandered into a shop and saw some nice clothes but after more scrutiny realised they were for dogs and not for children at all! I took them to H&M Kids and they found matching … Read More “Eid mubarak!”

Settling in for Summer

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It has been very hot here in Montreal. Jamal has found an air conditioner to purchase for $25 from a friend. He called for help to transport it so Karl went with our car to help him get it into their apartment. They will be much more comfortable now! Their part time French courses are ending this week. I need to check with the social worker about when their full time French courses will be available for them.

Ramadan

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Ramadan starts next week. As Muslims Jamal and Hiba will both fast from sunrise to sunset for a month. It will be a difficult month in the middle of summer with long days in Canada!

Too Hot to Cook

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I joked about the weather being too hot to cook. Hiba found that very funny – I think that excuse doesn’t work in Syria!

Spring has Sprung

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After being here 3 months Jamal remembered that he is allowed to have his name on the Koodo bill rather than mine. So he reminded me and we went together to the kiosk in the mall to change it over. Here is a photo of the family playing in our local park. We are happy it is getting warmer and can spend more times outdoors! Hard to arrive to a new country in the middle of winter