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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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Sweet and Sour Anniversary Expressions

A friend of ours made a triple-layer anniversary cake for us and a gathering of friends—I didn’t even know that she could bake “official cakes”! A bit of coconut in the frosting and a cake that tasted almost angel-food-like—pretty apropos under the circumstances, right? The love, the labor, it was so sweet. Plus, our kids…

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The Adopted Child Behaviors

This, too, shall pass. Or, will it? Whole lotta adoptive parents asking the same questions. Is this normal toddler, adolescent, or teen behavior… or is it deep-seated and deep-rooted? Will it hinder or hold back the child… for life? Could be the effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) from a birth mother who drank. Might…

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An Anniversary to Remember

Around and around I walked in the greeting card aisle of a store, finally determining that the anniversary cards were a tiny section where another woman stood, perusing them. “Pardon me,” I remarked, “but would you happen to be in the anniversary section?” “Yes, there’s not that many…” she commented. “I see, it’s almost as…

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Monday Mottoes – #59

Have you ever tried to ask a friend or family member for moral support? You know, you can’t take it anymore, or you need a change in your life, or someone’s working against you, and you feel the need to have someone in your court? It’s a sad day when that supposedly trusted person decides…

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Morning on the Golf Course

“The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy” (Psalm 65:8). ———-

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What Colors Say About You

Are there certain colors that you simply don’t wear? Or, are you willing to try any shade as long as you feel in the mood for it? I may be coloristically (is that a word?) schizo: black… COLOR-!… black… COLOR-! Much of it depends on my outlook for the day, not that bright means I’m…

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Positive Peer Pressure

How do we keep our kids on the straight and narrow in this day and age, you ask? Carefully, very carefully. In a nutshell, we limit their access to everything. The goal is to keep them safe until they can make wise decisions for themselves. Do we ever let them mess-up? Only every day. However,…

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A Teen Business Trip

Real life around our place is much more fascinating than fiction, any day. I shake my head along with the rest of you when I hear of developments, dilemmas, and doggy antics going on under our roof. The latest revolves around Petya, naturally, our eldest who tests the waters and blazes paths for the children…

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Monday Mottoes – #58

Today is Monday, the start of a wonderful, new week, full of potential. The possibilities are almost limitless. Everything can change in a moment, an instant, when you say the right thing, or make the right contact, or close the right deal. Sure, it’s an uphill battle at times. Maybe the children struggle with school,…

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From Selfish to Sharing Scotties

Our big Scottish Terrier, Misha, just turned 8 years old. His younger “brother”, Grisha, is 6-1/2. Each is the source of the other’s joy… and angst. For his birthday, we gave Misha a lime green Hurley bone. This indestructible rubber toy remains the only item, apart from a Kong, that their strong teeth will not…