Happy New Year & Winter Days in Zagreb

Monday, January 9, 2017


The hills around our house covered in frost before the snow came. It was beautiful!


Cam and John Shea planted carrots this summer and we're still harvesting them - they are delicious!


Happy belated New Year!!

Cam went back to class today for his final months of his Masters Program, but we got to have the past few weeks with him home and it was heaven. We've had such sweet, slow-paced family time - quality time with our kids before it's time to welcome a new baby (I'm 30 weeks already!) and quality time in our marriage. I am so thankful for that gift and all the gifts God has graciously given this past year! I have also been hard at work behind the scenes on a big project that I am so excited about and cannot wait to start sharing about it here... soon.

Thank you for reading my blog and for those of you who continue to write such encouraging emails and notes and have become friends. I hope and pray that this is a good and beautiful year for you all!

22 comments:

  1. that shade is perfect on you gracie! (:

    can't wait to hear about the project!

    love love!!

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  2. ADORABLE Grace!! :) And I love these pictures!! I can't believe that Cam is starting the final months of the program! How is that possible?? OH my goodness I can't wait to hear about your new project!! EEH! So excited!!
    Sending love dear friend!
    PS- A birthday card is heading your way but it might arrive a bit late :(

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    1. You are so sweet, Rebecca. Thank you! I wrote you back over email :)

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  3. A project! Oh I am so excited to find out what it is! I can't believe you're only 10 weeks out! Will you be having the baby in Croatia?

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    1. My c-section is scheduled on Aviano Air Force Base in Italy (not too far a drive away) but I guess she could always surprise us early here in Zagreb!!

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    2. Not to be a total creep... but SHE?! Did you find out you're having another beautiful baby girl??

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    3. Oh good! I've heard wonderful things about Aviano! Good luck!

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    4. I have too, which is a huge relief! Thank you so much!!

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    5. Rebecca, haaa that made me laugh outloud! Oh my gosh, that just goes to show the level of pregnancy brain I have right now. I forgot I haven't shared the sex!!!!!!! Yes, we're having another GIRL!!!!

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    6. Yay for another GIRL!!! And, sorry for creeping on other comments ;)

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    7. Haaa. No way, I love it. Thank you!!

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  4. Amanda, you are just too darn cute! I am still so sad we weren't able to meet in person this summer, but I am so glad your beautiful blog brought us together! I am in awe of these gorgeous pictures. I am so excited for your new baby, and for this project you mentioned! Sending love and blessings to you! All the very best!

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    1. Thank you so much, Rebecca!! I wish we could have met up too. Though I am so happy for you and your family that you had such a great time together here. Hopefully we'll get to meet up in the States, if that's where we go next! :)

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    2. Please know you always have a place to stay if you're even in Chicago! I just know the kiddos would have a blast together, and I have a feeling we would enjoy ourselves chatting about, and drinking wine and coffee! Sending lots of good thoughts for the final weeks of your pregnancy! Stay warm, and cannot wait to hear about this project, and the arrival of your precious little one! xo

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    3. Oh thank you so much, Rebecca!! We actually asked for North Carolina next (we'll see what the Lord's will is!) so we may just get to meet up! Thank you for all of your encouragement!
      PS. my big project I'm working on is my cookbook -- finally!!!

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    4. Oh my word! I cannot wait for this cookbook - I will be your biggest fan, and come to all your book signings ;)

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    5. Haha, I love you Rebecca, thank you!!!

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  5. Gorgeous photos! And love that picture of Grace with the smeared lippie! So cute! Happy New Years!

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    1. Haha she is too much. Thanks, Julie! Happy New Year to you!!

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  6. PPppfffffff!!!! That last photo of you and Gracie with beautiful snow covered Croatian hills behind you looks like the cover to a JCrew winter catalogue! So thankful for your friendship and that we got to experience Croatia with you first hand!!! xoxoxoxoxo times a million. -- lanneybear

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    1. Haaaa that just made me laugh so hard! I'm so thankful for YOU and that we got to spend that time together here! Makes me miss you even more though!

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