Saturday, October 25, 2014

My Missionary DOM Tour Part 1



I had taken a bit of a hiatus from my blog a while back (strictly due to laziness) and during that time I really missed out on some things, like the Missionary Home Tour over at the Baptist Missionary Women blog. I didn't even know it was going on till I saw Rachel's home tour on her blog, Rachel's Reflections
Anyhoo, a whole bunch of missionary ladies posted tours of their homes from all around the world and I super-loved getting to see what their lives looked like. 
I'm too late to link up with the Baptist Missionary Women Home Tour link up so I'll just do my own!

This is a tour of our little "dom" (home) here in Croatia. It truly is our home and when we're away or have to make a trip to the States we love for our little abode. 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Just an Realization

A few weeks ago I heard Johnny on the phone with our oldest son who lives in Texas and I could hear their conversation. The jest of what I heard was that they lived through the rough years here in Croatia.

I started thinking about that and it's so true. When we arrived in Croatia our children were 7, 4 and 2. They were just little tykes and life was full just managing our days. I had school every day, normal home making, ministry, hubby and life in general all on top of extreme loneliness and culture shock. There was barely internet much less Vonage or MagicJack.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

12 Awesome Fall Lowcarb Dessert Recipes

I'm sure most of you already know but last April we started a whole new way of eating. First of all I'm completely gluten free and feeling amazing and then at the same time Johnny and I both started Atkins. The last 6 months have been a real learning experience but we've both grown to love this way of eating and we've successfully made it a life style. Between the two if us we've lost a total of 75 lbs and we're not finished yet! Actually Johnny is finished and maintaining but I still have about 20 lbs left to shed. Anyhoo, the old adage: You have to work your plan! is so true with this way of eating but it's worth the time it takes to feel amazing!

So here are some of my favorite picks for Gluten Free / Low Carb Fall recipes from around the blogosphere!


1. I'm so excited to fine this recipe for Pecan Pumpkin Butter Cups at Worth Every Chew. Don't they look delish!

Using heartbreak to help others

Recently my blogger friend Kristy renamed her blog to Mourning my Marriage. Her husband left her a year ago with four precious children. Her story is tragic but her use of it to help, inform and direct others away from such heartache is very moving and needed. If you know someone who is dealing or will deal with such a situation, please send them Kristy's way. She is so honest and candid about her story and I think that's why God is clearly using her situation to help others not to make the same mistakes.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Time for a little sprucing up!

I'm bored! So, it's time for a little sprucing up! BTW, what in the world does that mean? Sprucing? some sorta Christmas thinggy. Dunno. Anyhoo, it's gonna be a mess around here for a few days. So be patient my friends!!


Friday, October 10, 2014

Ridiculously Easy Propagating from the Airplane Plant

 When my chillins were young I couldn't keep anything green alive, I killed everything but apparently now that my kids are young adults I have more time and I am finally developing a green thumb. I super-love plants! So when we headed to the States 2 months ago I asked my sweet Croatian Grandma Marija to watch my house plants while we were  away.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

What!?! No more Torani!?!


It's always hard as a missionary to make such dramatic moves every so often and leaving family is heart wrenching, especially since our sons live Stateside. Leaving dear friends is difficult. Leaving the comfort of a country whose primary language is English (or used to be) is totally inconvenient. 
But leaving Torani coffee syrups behind is a whole differnt heartache in itself!!!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Found, one blog!

Do you have any idea how long it's been since I last posted on my blog? It has been so long that I actually had to go back and look at my last post. It's been 5 full months since I even visited my blog much last posted. I'm sure many of you thought I abandoned my beloved Home Away From Home but I didn't. Okay, so maybe it could be considered short-term abandonment but I'm back!!! I've come back to stake my claim to what is rightly mine and begin a new relationship with my blog and earn back some of the lost months.