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 →

Simple Act of Kindness

I certainly don’t claim to be an expert in Portuguese culture, but what I’ve learned is this: women greet most people with two kisses.  Right cheek, then the left. This goes for a women greeting a man or a another woman in a casual setting of course. I don’t walk … There's More →

Reverse Culture Shock – On Foreign Soil

We, my American friend and I, arrived at the fancy Holiday Inn Continental in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal.  It was a 3 hr drive from my small, not so fancy village.  I was glad it wasn’t further.  Gas and tolls are crazy expensive. Glittering lights, fancy marble work and a very … 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

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 →

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 →

Justified Rebellion?

Am I justified in my rebellion to my husband when he sat me down this morning with a printed out calendar? (Thanks a lot Fringe Girl.)  A calendar he thought would help me ‘plan’ my future blog posts.  I just don’t feel the ‘anointing’ anymore….my writing days are done.  He … 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

‘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 →


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

‘Not so’ Wordless Wednesday

Four years ago today, my children went to school as usual. Once they entered the school yard gate some students and workers began chanting…”Obama, Obama, Obama!” I wonder what they will have to endure today?

I’m letting you see me…Nina…first thing in the morning.

….ugliness, stinky breath, bead head and fuzzy slippers….the whole 9 yards. This week started off terribly. I sent my Mom and email on Monday. I just let it all out. ‘Stress’ isn’t even the word to describe what I was/am feeling. She wrote back these words…”Wow, how do I respond … There's More →

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

   Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday, with Nina!!

Yep, that’s him!

Hot Dog, Brasileiro!

Ever attended a Brazilian birthday party? Of course you haven’t Want to know a little bit about them? Of course you do! The Brazilian culture is fascinating to me. I’m not quite sure why, other than the average Brazilian that I’ve met is one big smile and belly laugh. They … There's More →

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