Picture quaint little villages with cobblestone streets, rolling hills with olive trees and vineyards for miles, and cafes serving grey-haired men with driving caps and canes. A slow-paced life settling in the Italian countryside in the cool and quiet of winter. This is how we spent our wondrous seven day holiday (we weren’t actually there over Christmas, but I love using European phrases).
I’m so glad to be back on my regular schedule of blogging. So sorry I didn’t give any warning or updates to my long absence. As you can imagine, we’ve been adjusting to life around here for the last month, and our trip followed by Christmas took up all my energy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year by the way!
Life has been a whirlwind since David returned home from his deployment. After celebrating Thanksgiving, we started packing and were soon ready to go on our long-awaited trip to Tuscany, Italy to a precious little village called Loro Ciuffenna (don’t forget to roll your “r” to sound like a true Italian). We were blessed on our travels with the company of our close friends, Susan and KJ for our week of traveling.
We certainly love to travel even though we haven’t been able to do much. Here’s my brief out of the country traveling history: I spent 6 weeks in Nice, France during college for a mission trip and took a short two-day trip over to Rome, Italy during that time and spent the last couple days in Zurich, Switzerland. If you haven’t read my About Page, I minored in French and absolutely love the language and culture! After David’s second deployment, we traveled to Paris for an amazing 2 weeks exploring this romantic city. Last on our list includes this recent trip to Italy (and another surprise location I’ll tell you about in a later post).
We were absolutely thrilled and terrified at the same time to embark on this adventure. We knew the time away would do both of us good to reconnect and for mama to have a break from the stresses of single parenting and life struggles from a deployment. But we were nervous to leave Baby O, despite the loving hands of his grandparents caring for him in our absence. Thankfully, all went well, and he did a great job while staying with family.
I have some amazing stories and pictures that I can’t wait to share! The Lord truly blessed our time together and the fellowship with wonderful friends. I will forever cherish the long dinners, exploring cities and countrysides, and the people we met along the way.
Here are a couple teaser pictures to get you excited for the journey!
I’m looking forward to sharing the rest of our trip with you. How was your Christmas? I would love to hear about your favorite holiday experience in the comments below!