Our Italy Trip: One Year Later

This week marks the one year anniversary of our life changing trip to Italy.  Spencer and I arrived in Bagni di Lucca the first week of June 2015.  Gregg tasked me to find us a forever home somewhere in the Lucca region.  By the end of the first day I knew without a doubt we read more…


Nick’s Graduation

Last night eighteen years flashed before my eyes.  My oldest son, Nick, graduated from High School with 1,146 other classmates.  Exactly one year ago my daughter Connie graduated. Where did the time go?  In a few days I’ll be driving Nick down to Florida so he can take yacht training courses in Fort Lauderdale.  He read more…


Moving to Italy: A Fortunate Setback

Our scheduled move to Italy this July has been pushed back a few months.  My trip to the Italian Consulate in Detroit did not go as planned.  Despite all of the required paperwork, forms and money the Consulate rejected my visa application.  Apparently my rental agreement did not meet their standards. My four-and-a-half-hour drive seemed read more…


Family Travel to Italy: Our Amazing Spring Break

Traveling the world with children can be stressful to some and exhilarating to others. I fall in the latter category.  My husband and children often tell me that I’m very easy going.  Six flights in eleven days and an airport strike had little effect on my blood pressure.  In three months Italy will be home read more…


The Seven Year Itch: Our Family’s Italian Vacation

In the summer of 2005 Gregg’s mother treated our family to a life changing vacation.  We spent two glorious weeks along southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast.  This was my first trip to Italy as well as our two childrens’, Connie and Nick. Four years later in 2009 I returned to Italy with the older kids and read more…


Happy Anniversary to My Husband

Today Gregg and I celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary! We chose an outside venue in Gregg’s boyhood hometown of Ormond Beach for our nuptials. Bike Week in neighboring Daytona Beach was in full swing and provided lots of funny memories.  When the Reverend asked everyone to bow their heads and pray, a group of bikers read more…


International Flights with Children: Key to Happiness

  Traveling internationally with children can either be the best of times or the worst of times.  Everyone has their tips for a pleasant trip, such as bring extra food, bring favorite toys, pack portable video gaming systems, but after several overseas flights with Spencer I can honestly say this is his key to happiness, read more…


Carnevale Fornoli

Gregg braved the cold, and a nasty head cold, to enjoy Carnevale Fornoli this weekend. Fornoli is one of the 25 villages in the Bagni di Lucca region of Tuscany.  A rainy Valentine’s Day delayed the event one week, which worked out perfectly for Gregg.  He arrived back home in Italy a few days ago read more…


Moving to Italy: Important Road Trip

With our move to Italy now just five months away, preparations are in high gear. Gregg and I recently packed our mini van with family heirlooms and hit the road. We prefer to leave some furniture behind in the care of family, instead of bringing them to Italy. Gregg’s family lives in Florida, so we decided read more…


History to Yourself: Exploring a Secluded Roman Villa

Two years ago, Gregg and I pulled Spencer out of public school and gave him the world. His homeschool classroom now includes a front row seat before some of the most significant structures and masterpieces in Italy. We have stood next to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, marveled at Michelangelo’s David and studied Leonardo Da read more…


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