Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Happy 25th Birthday

It was a birthday for our girl Kristina who just turned 25  on Jan 25th. We started the celebration on the weekend, to this week and to go on Saturday as well. We are having fun together so that's ok. Hopefully we won't be eating more cake because we had some already. Wishing you a great birthday again and hopefully the year ahead will bring many surprises your way. Love you, Krissy.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

January Blues

I'm having the January Blues feeling sorry for myself when I know everyone else is in the same shoes. With all the illnesses, snow and freezing temperatures going around I am missing spring and summer already. It's only January and there's still plenty more of the above to come. Just getting over some bug and thinking positively that better days will come.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

B & W

Just love these black and white pics of Brandoman. He is such an action character. You gotta follow him around and snap it quick or all you get is just a blurr. In the world of beautiful and extreme color it is hard to remember sometimes to see it again in black and white but I try as much as I can to return to simplicity that is black and white. These are from 2012.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017


Wanted to post this cute photo of Maya from somewhere in the beginning of our life together as her hair is still short. Soon there will be braces on those teeth. She actually wants brace because her friends have it but she has no idea that they are not the most comfortable things to have in your mouth. She will soon enough. We started the appointments for impressions today.  I know with that awesome smile she'll still be cute either way.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Here is to 2017

I've totally neglected my blog. Just realized I'd never made even one entry for the month of December but the holidays were great. Spend Christmas and New Year with family and some friends. All the kids and grandkids got lots of presents. I love seeing their faces light up as they tear that wrapping paper off each box. I made sure I wrapped lots of little things as well as big things. So here is to the New Year hoping it will be extra ordinary.

Here are a few pix from Christmas, will post more later.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Orphan No More

Each year, November has been recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. It is a month to highlight children who are vulnerable and in need of parents, love and family. No child deserves to be alone and yet there are millions of orphans around the world. Some starving, some lonely and some sick. How it must feel to be abandoned and left on their own I'll never know but I do know one thing. I must do something about it. This is how our daughter Maya came along. Maya has been abandoned twice and I am determined to make sure she knows it will never happen again. It is a long road of healing and trust building but she is starting to understand that she is now a part of a loving family where she is safe, very well protected and most of all loved. Being a part of a family and a place where they belong is all these children want. They want to be loved and cared for and to know that this is where they will stay forever.  So an orphan no more, our daughter, Maya Lanlan now has her place in our family and our hearts.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

The End

Ok, this is the end of the Croatia trip but not before we visited another town in the opposite direction of the coast. This is Pregrada in northern Croatia with lots of green hills, fields and trees. This is where all the hot springs are that the Croatians love so much. They are not the only ones. The Germans and the Spanish and anyone else tho goes there must make the trip to a hot spring location of which there are a few. While we're in the town of Pregrada we visited their pretty church. Lots of nice work and detail on the church and religious sculptures. 

 There are also many religious sculptures just about anywhere on a street corner just in case you find time to stop your drive and have a prayer. Besides that the Croatians are big on eating their bread of all kinds and milk. Never in my life did I see this much milk of in any percentage you're looking for; two long isles filled with good old milk.

This is me with my aunt and mom. Not bad for five o'clock in the morning on the day we were to board our plane back home. 

We came in on time and waited in a long line only to find out that our connecting flight was cancelled. I know that you can imagine something like that can happen when you're flying but you always hope it won't happen to you.  So we were ushered to a side booth to look at what else was available.   Amsterdam was. 

So here we are in Holland, never imaging making a stop there but it was no sight seeing trip, only a brisk walk from one side of this huge airport to the other and we had to walk fast if we wanted to catch our flight leaving only a half hour later.  I snapped  a few pictures on the way.

We just barely caught our breath for five minutes and it was time to board our plane never knowing that our luggage would be left behind. We arrived home safe and sound but the luggage would have to wait a few more days.