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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!

Join us for international adventure with our fast-track family holding Old World values while adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go...!
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Wild Boars and the Breakup of an ISIS Ambush

Now, I may be in the minority of highly-educated, level-headed people, but personally, I really believe the miracles of the Bible. I’ve seen too many outright miracles in my life, things that no way, no how, could have ever happened apart from a suspension of the natural realm. That’s perhaps why, when I read of…

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Free Pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey

No doubt you heard of Turkey on Wednesday taking into custody over 1,000 people in 72 provinces and suspending 9,103 police who may have ties with the failed coup last July. Since nine months ago, a total of 40,000 people have been arrested, along with the firing or suspending of another 120,000 from professions ranging…

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Spring Break Packing Marathon

Because our family lives in a couple of locales on a weekly basis, we know how to pack. I generally review with the children what the upcoming temperatures will be, along with any specific events or obligations coming our way. That way, everyone’s clear on what clothes to have on hand. Sometimes. Because occasionally items…

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Cute Crafts Are Not As Easy As They Appear

Have you ever seen some great craft project, whether in a magazine, on TV or the internet. Looks easy-peasy, like child’s play. Not so fast. Recently, I saw something about painting ugly, old wooden furniture. The steps were straightforward enough: Sand with a high-grit and then low-grit sandpaper, not to totally remove any earlier paint…

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Monday Mottoes – #187

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel. At a set time, air raid sirens sound throughout the country and all comes to a stop. People get out of their cars, in the center of cities, in the center of highways, buses stop, pedestrians pause. Everyone stands in silence, remembering those who perished during the Nazi…

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In Need of a Handyman

We live in two locales for half of each week. At the dacha, we are in need of a handyman. The problem is, with rising interest rates and an economy that is moving out of the sluggish realm, building contractors, plumbers, electricians, HVAC workers and even general handymen who can install new windows or doors,…

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The Big Business Side of Homeschooling

Not all homeschoolers are wealthy. After all, these parent(s) are, for the most part, staying home with their children. Some may be crazy like us, travel the world, take the kids along with them and help them learn along the way. But that’s not the norm. So this blog is not about companies making millions…

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Shameless Self-Promotion

Workers of the world unite. Our eldest son, a mere 20.5 years old, has been working for over five years at the same office. He has gone from volunteer, to official intern, to paid part-time employee, while attending university part-time. The system suits him well, as English is not his first language, he grasps the…

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The City Girl & Shoofly Pie

Yours truly recently traveled through Pennsylvania Dutch Country, passing horse-drawn carts and horse-tethered plows turning up the rich spring earth. It had been a long time since I actually smelled freshly-plowed soil… accompanied by the ripe smell of livestock. Growing up riding horses made it an enjoyable trip down memory lane. Benedetto, my partner in…

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Monday Mottoes – #186

Spring cleaning, spring planting, longer days of more sunshine. There’s something about this time of year that gives the suggestion of a fresh start and letting go of the old. Personally, I like to hold onto the old. It’s comforting, lol. I have a good bit of change in my life on a daily basis,…