Monthly Archives: November 2012

Turkey in Turkey, yum!

We had so much fun hanging out with Grayson’s cousin! Turkey is beautiful and unlike anything we have seen! I really want to go back. There wasn’t enough time to see even half of the city!

Turkish tea, my favorite, especially the glasses it comes in.

I’m not quite sure what he’s thinking about to be honest . . . 

I definitely know what this cute cat is thinking, “feed me!” and we did.

Our super fun tour guide/host, Janel! So great to get to hangout with her!

Entrance ticket to an extremely old church. The church has the largest collection of frescos in the world. That’s crazy because I wasn’t that impressed . . . sorry art lovers and art historians.

There are stray dogs all over Turkey! Janel was telling us that often people choose to “adopt” one or two of these dogs and many times these homeless pups have several people who feed them, they’re well taken care of.

These next shots are from the Eye of Sophia, a Mosque turned into a Museum.

Ancient cistern and the Grand Bazaar! Bought so many gifts here (on a side note happy shopping on Cyber Monday).          

We love you Janel so thankful for the time we were able to spend with you! Pray for you as you love all those millions of people in Istanbul! xoxo


21 Days!!!!!

. . . till we walk out of passport control and into the Dayton Airport to greet so many special people!

I was skyping my parents and realized that we only have 21 days until we’ll be talking face-to-face!!!! The conversations about what we love about the Christmas and the yummy (american :)) lunch my mom has planned (that definitely got my mouth watering) will be in front of the tree instead of the computer. YAY!

Talking with them got me thinking, and I decided to flip back through pictures from Christmas last year and got even more excited! God has blessed me with so many amazing people. I keep thinking that the holiday season wouldn’t be the same without these people. I’m sure you can think of several people you can’t wait to cozy up with.

I will definitely be missing my two grandpa’s. I have so many memories with them around this time of year. Even more reason to remember and cherish those special moments.

Here’s to hoping that in the midst of all the business and materialism, you find time to slow the pace, take in the season, revel in the memories, and remember the true reason for the Holiday. I’m hoping to do the same, while ripping off the links on my “till I get home” imaginary paper chain.


P.S. Happy Belated Thanksgiving! I hope your holiday was full of joy and thanks! I’ll share a little of who Grayson and I had the privilege to visit during the holiday later this week!

A how-to on Spanish Tortillas

In this case, the word tortilla is deceptive. It’s not what I thought when I first heard we were having this with dinner, think egg and potato pie. Mercedes our host mom always buys the ones we eat at the store, but when we went to Sevilla, Domaris taught us how to make our own. Usually we eat them with meat, it’s pretty filling. I thought it was pretty easy to make . . . I’m hoping my directions are good. If you have any questions or need some clarification just ask :). The pictures are mostly for fun, but they might help some. Let me know what you think if you try it out!

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Big city life just isn’t for me . . .

This blog is like a huge scrapbook where we throw in our thoughts and feelings sometimes. Today it’s just pictures documenting our trip to Madrid. There really isn’t much to say, I think for me, Madrid was too big. I generally like big cities, but I have come to believe that the illusion of big city life is more to my liking. I need some quiet country every once in awhile.

I love a lot of these pictures cause Gray is being Gray . . . goofy 🙂 Happy Tuesday!