Dare to Care

create, communicate, collaborate, and think critically

by Denise Krebs

My Life in Numbers

Some items of historical significance for me

1. One loving, serving, inspiring husband.
2. Two gracious, fun-loving, intelligent, thoughtful daughters.
3. Three grade levels taught in the past three years
4. Four U.S. states I’ve lived in: California, Iowa, Michigan, and Arizona.
5. Five schools – Actually, five I’ve attended and five I’ve taught at

One of the first classes I ever taught

6. Six siblings–four sisters and two brothers.
7. Seven years ago this month my sweet mama died.
8. Eight different homes in my 34-year marriage.
9. Nine weeks until Katie gets married.
10. Ten favorite books at any given time!

Enjoying Donalyn Miller’s Book Whisperer on a perfect summer day.


by Denise Krebs

Ghee Ghee and Leah

Thursday is my kid sitting evening. Ghee Ghee and Leah come while their parents lead the youth group at church. It’s convenient that we live right next door.

Ghee Ghee and Leah are not their real names. Those were their “baby” names tonight. They built their fort tonight as babies, complete with baby talk. I made a short attempt at this blog post, but that didn’t last. While they built the fort, I said I would record the progress through photographs. I did for awhile.


The babies stayed busy with the fort for some time. Next Ghee Ghee and Leah became Silverback Gorilla and Baby Gorilla #1. The Silverback saved us all by fighting off lions.

Then we ate raisins.

Next we ate cheese while reading Oxcart Man.

We discussed punctuation marks.

Then we baked brownies.
Then we made necklaces with beads.

Those are just the things I remember! They were only here for a little over an hour, but now I’m exhausted and ready to put my feet up.

by Denise Krebs

My Hands are Full and My Brain is Empty

Today is another busy day at my school. We will soon be inspected by a government agency, so I am busy in my room preparing evidence and organizing piles that have gotten out of hand.

Last night I was tired and had a lot of work I could do. Instead, though, I chose to bake chocolate chip cookies. Sometimes baking is the best stress-relieving therapy, so I baked and ate. I brought most of the cookies to school today. I told my department colleagues if they could find the golden box in my room, they would find a treat to help get them through the busy day.

Can you find the golden box? Help yourself!

My hands are full of work today, but I brought a golden box of cookies. Who wants some? #cy365 #t365project

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Old School

I am privileged to work in an old school with much history. A mission from the Reformed Church in America was started in the late 1800s. Samuel Zwemer and James Cantine came and started a hospital, church and school. The three are still going strong today. I am fortunate to be able to be involved in each of these institutions–the American Mission Hospital, the Evangelical Church of Bahrain, and the Al Raja School.

Old school, literally. #cy365 #t365project

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Al Raja School, Founded in 1899

by Denise Krebs

Five Foods

I seem to have slices of delicious food on my mind this March, so here comes another food post.

I (and you) have been invited to a favorites party by @Teachr4. The party happens at your blog, and all you have to bring are your five favorite things.

If I could, I would give you my favorites not only here on the blog, but I’d have you come over to my house. That way we could have our favorites party in person. I’d share with you my favorite foods since coming to Bahrain.

  1. Hummus and Turkish bread from Al Abraaj – I’ve always loved hummus and bread, and I could eat this every day! The Turkish bread is hot out of the oven, thick, chewy, and absolutely delicious. (Want to try it?)
    My favorite table at Al Abraaj. #cy365 #t365project
  2. Hammour is the premiere fish here. It’s a kind of Grouper; it’s attributes include: “Extra lean, firm texture, white meat with large flake and a mild flavor.” Exactly. Need I say more. (Are you ready?)

    Hammour from Al Abraaj

  3. Halloumi Cheese, yes, that is really cheese, browning in a pan. Melty, but firm. Have you ever had halloumi cheese? You are in for a treat! (Book that plane now.)12_halloumi

    Halloumi picture by Lamerie (CC BY-NC 2.0)

  4. Pani Puri is an Indian street food, but we have to go to a restaurant for it here. These little crispy cups filled with veggies and legumes come ready for you to top them off with watery chili and/or sweet tamarind sauces, according to taste. I go for heavy on the sweet flavor. Here is my sweet daughter, (who goes heavy on the chili sauce) and my future son-in-law enjoying pani puri in Bahrain. (We have an extra room for you!)
  5. Dates have always been a favorite food of mine, and I had never seen so many varieties before coming to the Middle East. I’ve really never met a date I didn’t like. (So, check your calendar and set a date!)

A vast array of dates. #cy365 #t365project

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#Snack #cy365 #t365project

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