Showing posts from October, 2013


I don't know if I mentioned it or not, but last weekend Tony and I flew to Miami and joined friends from Georgia on a cruise to the Bahamas.  We've had this in the works for a few months, and we had such an amazing time.  It was just 4 days (and not nearly long enough), but a wonderful time of getting to reconnect with each other and some of our dearest friends!  Our trips to the States are great at keeping in touch with "old friends," but being able to completely focus on friendship was a fabulous use of a weekend!

We left our house a little before 4am to be able to catch the flight and the boat in Miami.  We left the Port of Miami around 4:00pm and spent a few hours enjoying the boat.  Then, it was time to get cleaned up for dinner.  After dinner we enjoyed a few "game shows" and then we watched the main production, "Divas."  It was an excellent first night that lasted well into the morning!
By 10am, the boat had ported in the beautiful Bahamas! …

My Birthday!!

(was Saturday!)  Here's the pictorial review of my birthday evening!

After a lovely dinner out, we came home, and I was sequestered to my room while they set everything up.  I came into the living room, and they kids and Tony jumped up from behind the couch, yelled, "Happy Birthday!", and threw balloons in the air!  Fun!!  For the first time ever, Tony took the kids to choose presents for me.  Normally, I'm not one who "needs" presents, but this special treat did make my birthday extra special!
Coralynn selected silver metallic nail polish.
Camilla got me a travel mug and a new grater.
We somehow managed to not get pictures of the older kids with their presents, but here is the whole lot of gifts!  Adidas running shirt from Tony, chocolate bar and makeup bag from Chloe, Pyrex measuring cup and gold earrings from Carson, plus the gifts from the little girls!  I loved it all!
I requested something chocolate, peanut butter, and vegan as my birthday dessert.  C…

Wednesday's Praises!

~It's a beautiful day!  I do love the rainy season, but I needed today to be sunny, and it is!  The blue skies have given me an extra lift of spirit!

~My house is quiet even though everyone is here!  It's calm, productive, and peaceful.  Deep sigh of contentment.

~It's October- my favorite month.  Although Panama doesn't experience autumn, my soul still goes through the experience.  The need to nest, to prepare for the upcoming winter.  We won't feel the biting weather, but my soul still prepares for it.

~My birthday is on Saturday!!!  I love birthdays, including mine!!!  Woohoo!!!  35 in 3 days.  Here I come!

~Coralynn and I had a chance to "snuggles" this morning!  I can't put into words how thankful I am to be home schooling, but I do miss all the one-on-one time Coralynn and I used to have.  I was so pleased that we found the time to curl up on the couch and snuggles.