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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...!

I Could Have Had Sauce???

The other day I picked up a frozen meal from the grocery store. Now, keep in mind that 99% of the food in our family is home cooked. It might be past midnight and I don’t go to bed until I get up and turn off the pot of whatever is simmering on the stove….


On Not Letting Yourself Go

It’s an uphill battle as the years pass. It would be so easy to just “let yourself go”, even as houses, cars and clothes start to fall apart with time. So do people. To counteract that trend, we need to eat healthy foods, stretch and exercise while keeping the mind sharp, as well. An attractive…


Warmth in the Middle of Winter

Have you ever been carried away to a warm spot— whether physical, emotional or spiritual? Maybe it was a warm beach on a wintertime getaway, where you felt the pulsing heat soaking into your bones. Perhaps it was a hot cup of coffee or a bowl of soup by the roaring fire as snow fell…


The Lost Art of Being Nice

I believe in intentional living: to every day tell someone you love them, you care for them, you have their back, you’re on their side. It’s simple humanity. Bottom line: being nice matters. It might be extending kindness to a stranger and certainly we should never ignore the ones we love. Or supposedly love. Did…


Monday Mottoes – #174

We’re talking frustration. Total frustration. Have you ever been there? I have blocked out a chunk of time to get ahead on some very important projects. Only problem is, I am stymied by technology which is refusing me access to information that I desperately need. And tech support is gone. I fight the feeling of…


The Girlfriend Cometh

Petya, age 20, has a girlfriend. She lives far away, but is coming to visit next week during her university break. Our son, in his own inimitable style, is preparing. We need to work on the guest room. Lots of cleaning has taken place in the room that became a catch-all, as well as an…


A Girl’s Ambition… in a Boy’s Pants

That doesn’t sound right, does it??? Our kids are preparing to work a volunteer job at a Washington advocacy firm. Excitement levels are running high, not knowing whether they might be trusted with an actual task of significance, or if they might only file, make coffee and answer the phone. No, I take that back….


Kicking Chaos to the Curb

I have lowered the boom. We are quashing chaos. My children come from backgrounds where their lives were out of control. That’s putting it mildly. Ending up in the Russian orphanage system signaled a definite upturn in events for them, which only proves how chaotic things had become. It was desperate. Sad as that may…


The Joy of 3×5 Index Cards

These tiny, stiff paper cards are my friends. Measuring 3 inches by 5 inches, they are small, but mighty. Lined, or “ruled” on one side, blank white on the other, the index cards find the perfect use in shopping lists, message notes that may be propped up, encouraging notes in kids’ lunch bags, executive directives…


Monday Mottoes – #173

Right now, I’m living with some half-hatched, larvae-like kids and I’m sure they’d say the same about me. Happily, things started turning around on Friday when they decided to get with the program and have a nice holiday dinner on the eve of Russian Christmas. Girls helped with the mushroom and onion piroshki, slicing, dicing,…