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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...!

Home-Baked Adoptees

Everyone knows that our children are not “home-grown”. They weren’t born here. But that’s not the end of the story. They’re “home-baked” and that’s probably more important in this day when many families are “half-baked” or “take-out”. My husband spoke before an audience of mostly parents. He talked about our family in particular, as well…


Stranded in Sinai

While I wrestle with raccoons in the rafters here, I realize: it could be worse. It could be much, much worse. I could be one of the tens of thousands of passengers stranded in Sinai and going nowhere fast. As of a few days ago, 20,000 UK travelers and 30-40,000 Russian tourists were stuck with…


Monday Mottoes – #114

I am very tired. Very, very tired. It stems from a number of realities, in my mind. A quick get-away that took many more hours of planning on my part to coordinate clothes, schedules, travel than the hours of the trip itself. We arrive home exhausted and rush immediately to a funeral of a dear,…


Our Scotties & the Time Change

Most of us with dogs are used to getting up at daybreak or before to take them for their first walk of the day. Yet, ever since our clocks fell back one hour, all of the dogs that I know are rising anywhere from one to 1.5 hours early. No one sent them the memo….


Counterintuitive Parenting

When a child is behaviorally struggling and acting-out, whether passively or aggressively, parents often pursue one of two tracks. Either they crack down and become more strict, or else they give up any thought of trying to control the situation. A third possible response exists. It’s counterintuitive. It doesn’t always make sense. Yet, often, it…


The Babushkas’ Pop Band

Who knew? Apparently, there’s a pop band from Udmurtia made up of grandmas, several of whom were born in the 1930s and 1940s, called the “Buranovskiye Babushki”. Yes, it’s an ethno-pop group of eight elderly women, lol. It doesn’t get much better than this. At the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Buranovskiye…


Vacay Storm Central

The dark clouds rumbled in on our few-day getaway. Don’t you love it when you only have a limited amount of time… and part of it is going to be rough weather? Well, this turned out to be rougher than rough. I watched the weather on the phone, on the computer, in the sky— whenever…


Monday Mottoes – #113

My e-mails are flooded with adoptive parents needing help. Not that everyone has a rough time when new kids come into the family, but many do. Our oldest son was so smooth a transition, coming home at almost age 8, that other a-parents thought we were not telling the truth about our situation. Is a…


Jewelry-Making Therapy

For some reason, our two daughters from Russia tend to act helpless and hopeless. I don’t know why. I try to model for them a capable, strong woman. But whenever it comes to them… they can’t, they won’t, they don’t know how…. On our few-day getaway, we brought some individual cereal boxes. I thought it…


The Photobombing Scottie

Misha the Scottish Terrier cuddled contentedly on my lap in the car. It had been a long autumn’s day of exploring. Passing several attractive, historic homes, I asked my husband to pull over so I could snap a photo. That’s when the dog sprang into action. He would not allow me to take the picture….