He’s a writer….

I have to be quiet, and when I’m not, he puts in his ear buds. His back is to me, as he pounds the keyboard. I fear he may wear out the backspace button soon. I don’t know how he stands the music that loud. I can almost make out … There's More →


#2 Thing I Don’t Miss

I woke up itching on my forearms. A crazy sort of itch. Wild and hot…it burned the more I scratched, but I couldn’t stop scratching. I fumbled around in the medicine box and found some cortisone cream. I lathered it up and down my arms. Tried to go back to … There's More →


#1 Thing I Don’t Miss

On our way back to the house after a few hours on the beach, Michael and I were talking about how cool it is to slip away on a Monday morning to lay in the sun on a deserted beach.  It takes us about 8 minutes to get there.  It’s … There's More →


The Not-So Obligatory Post Mother’s Day Post

I’ve been away from the blog for more than just a few days; however, since I just read an article about how rude it is to talk about your busy life, I’m not going to tell you how busy we’ve been. Truth is? In your own way, you’ve probably not … There's More →


Turning back the clock

The sun peeks through the crack of the valley. Beams jog across the ripples of the waking Hudson. Left…left…left…right. Right, left batters against the senses and demands a pace. Steady, constant and together. Sweat and tears swim side by side, stroke for stroke. One cooling the body. The other calming … There's More →


The plan for tomorrow

Today’s Thursday and I have only posted once this week. My apologies to the handful of readers that stop by. I could make an excuse about real life and all of that stuff, but you’ve heard it all before. In some ways it’s been a rather productive week. On the … There's More →


Reblog – Dear Mom on the iPhone

Dear Mom on the iPhone wins the award for the best post of the day from Tonya at 4littlefergusons. Beautiful reminder, Tonya…….Moms, please read.  ~Nina


Don’t go with the bad guys

Our six year old son, Justice is at school right now. He’s smack dab in the middle of 24 other first graders. But, he’s not like those 24 other kids. He’s different, in a lot of ways. Not better. Different. He’s American. Blond hair, and fair skinned. He’s not Catholic. … There's More →


Sans Sunshine

It’s finally February.  Thank you Lord!  Half way through the toughest part about being in Portugal.  The first two months of the year are tough for me for various reason, but mainly because of the weather.  I didn’t realize how much I adored the sun until I went weeks without … There's More →


Why is it?

Why is it? …that the only things that ever “ensue” or are “ensuing” happen in football? Either the “ensuing drive” or the “ensuing kickoff/kick return”. …that nothing ever gets “scathed” but people always survived “unscathed”? I know, there have been “scathing rebukes” and other similar mishaps, but the verb is … There's More →


American Pleasures

We’re just weeks away from celebrating our 5 year in Portugal anniversary.  Upon arriving, we had 17 trunks filled with everything we thought important to bring with us….peanut butter, kid’s books in English, clothes (thank goodness we thought that was important, huh?) more peanut butter, and maybe a baseball, a glove … There's More →


The Best of…January

Nina started her blog, Portugal Bound, waaayyy back in 2007. It has gone through stops and starts and several iterations. With the increasing popularity and ease of Facebook along with the challenge of 5 kids in school, the ministry…etc, blogging has stopped being as much of a priority as it … There's More →


Prayer Requests – 1/23/13

At times we have churches or individuals ask us for a list of prayer requests, and since our bi-monthly prayer letters are more like updates than letters requesting prayer about specific needs, I thought I might use today’s post to give you a short list of our needs. If and … There's More →


Merry Christmas From our Family to Yours

Wishing each of you a very Merry Christmas!   May the Lord bless you greatly in the coming year, Michael, Nina, Brooklyn, Faith, Liberty, Trinity & Justice


The Best of….December

Nina started her blog, Portugal Bound, waaayyy back in 2007. It has gone through stops and starts and several iterations. With the increasing popularity and ease of Facebook along with the challenge of 5 kids in school, the ministry…etc, blogging has stopped being as much of a priority as it … There's More →


Cadet Quits USMA: Been There, Did Not Do That

  CADET QUITS, CITES OVERT RELIGION AT WEST POINT     Ok. This is something that by experience I am uniquely qualified to speak to. You really need to read the above link to get the full background story, but in case you don’t, here are the nuts and bolts: … There's More →


Email is not immediate

I just had the funniest conversation with an older gentleman who owns the printing shop nearby the church. The shop is relatively small and the prices are good. However, as I found out today, the commentary can be a little amusing. I was greeted curtly shortly after arriving and I … There's More →


‘Dog’gonit Crimson

So, I actually shopped for a few Christmas gifts yesterday.  The calendar says we have a little more than 2 weeks left, but my head is saying we have at least 3 months.  I have been behind a lot lately…..not even getting my few fall decorations out until a few … There's More →


The American

I am the American. As a family living in a small village in northern Portugal, we are the Americans. No matter what we do, some people will see us through that lens, rather than for who we really are. Clothes, speech, eating habits, hobbies, religion, leadership styles. I could go … There's More →


Crimson

You guys were so sweet to me last week when I had my little meltdown. Thank you for all of your words of encouragement.


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