Thursday, November 28, 2013


Happy Thanksgiving! So, so much to be thankful for.   God, family, friends, memories, new beginnings, plenty of food, and a cousin who likes to take tons of pictures.

Aunt Tanya with Cousin Jenn
Grandma and Grandpa

Julia and Cousin Matt
Aunt Lisa and Jonny

Caleb with Taylar

We had 32 people, 20 pounds of turkey, 20 pounds of mashed potatoes, 4 pounds of fresh fried green beans, 4 pounds of garlic roasted brussel sprouts, 6 pounds of creamed corn, and almost 22 pounds of ham.  It was quite a feast!

Some of the kids have had a 12 hour bug come and go.  After a rough night William spent most of the day on the couch taking it easy.

Jonny showing Uncle Jack another card trick.
A big surprise this Thanksgiving was Galina's biological sister coming over.  So far so good.  After three years it is wonderful to see real smiles, genuine laughter, and a new beginning. 

Taylar and Oliver

Getting ready to pray.
Sharing Thanksgiving dinner together.

Uncle Willy and Aunt Trish

Adam flipping out on the trampoline.

The whole group

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Day 5 in Belize

 On Thursday, November 21 we left the jungle and headed for the beach.
We arrived in Hopkins at Beaches and Dreams Seafront Inn around noon.  It was very beautiful.
The sea was calm.  The weather was less humid.  And there were way less bugs which made us both happy.
 Here is John relaxing at the end of the dock.
 The place where we stayed is behind John and our room is pictured right on top of John's head.
 We went kayaking and saw lots of birds.

 This is Beaches and Dreams at sunset.
 This was our special anniversary dinner-- lobster for two.
 These two women were selling souvenirs.
 John wishes he made this alligator.

Tomorrow we snorkel!