Take 4: Settling into Kyiv

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve now officially settled into our fourth new house.  After such a great month in Amsterdam, Jim and I were both feeling a little leery about our move to Kyiv. I’ll be sincere, our first couple of days in Kyiv…

Adieu Amsterdam

I cannot believe how quick our time went in Amsterdam. I loved every minute of our time in this city!  Here’s a reflection on our time in Amsterdam: Running I missed my goal of 80-miles in London, so I was determined not to miss my…

Food: Amsterdam Part 2

In addition to the big box stores, I made several stops at the Marqt markets.  They are all over Amsterdam and I would liken them to either Fresh Market from back in Indiana.  First, I will say the Marqt was much more expensive than Albert Heijn. …

Food: Amsterdam Part 1

Amsterdam reminds me a lot of back home. You’ll find mostly grocery stores here, not little markets. From our time here, I can say there are really two types of grocery stores.  You’ll find the big box stores and then the little specialty stores. We…

Family: Amsterdam

From the day we started planning our trip, Amsterdam was one of the cities I was most looking forward to and I gotta say, she did not disappoint. I think I will    Here’s are my research findings: Work hours are much more relaxed in…

Let’s Have A BBQ

Yeah, sure, that sounds lovely, right? I should probably start by saying, we have a gas grill back in Indiana, I’ve never attempted to start a charcoal grill by myself, and the Amsterdam house only has a charcoal grill. All that aside, I’m a smart, intelligent, strongwilled…

Blanket Emergency

Nolan has always been a super independent kid. He’s strong-willed and very socially aware, but don’t be fooled, he still a sweet, cuddly kid that needs his blanket and Happy when it’s time for bed.  Happy is a stuffed bear from our family trip to Georgia…

Faith: Amsterdam

In London, Faith was one of my harder topics to write, but in Amsterdam, I think it’s going to be one of the easiest. So here’s the thing about the Dutch, they are not a religious culture.  It didn’t take me long to realize the…