Sunday, December 20, 2009

"The time has come," the Walrus said

Your girl is coming home.

For providing me with the enlightenment of a world unknown
and the ignition to find more magic,
thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

home away from home

carlyn's apartment

pumpkin pie filling from scratch

manther and her milking boots

carlyn did mama johnston proud

candied yams, willa's specialty

thanksgiving will always be my favorite holiday

our international guests' first thanksgiving



courtesy of s. ram

denis and eugen, carlyn's sweet roommates: keep her safe, you two

the rhine

our last stop

pointing to her small town of vallendar

her small town of vallendar

in cologne to visit laura

american invasion

our wonderful hostess...who loves california

lovers' locks on the bridge

our first christmas market, painfully charming


who can resist

never gets old

miss you already

Vallendar, Germany had a substantial population increase when Willa, Samantha, and I visited our sweet Carlyn to celebrate my most beloved holiday, Thanksgiving. With thoughts of things-missed-from-home becoming more vivid with the arrival of the holiday season, I found my girls' enthusiasm to create an entirely homemade feast fit for royalty incredibly reassuring. And quite the feast it was. Phenomenal, really. For the rest of the weekend, Carlyn herded her little flock around the quaint town and eventually to the big city setting of Cologne wherein our hearts sang as we sipped spiced wine, nibbled on market savories and sweets, and took in the twinkling sights like one big multiracial, jet-setting family. We really could have been together anywhere in the entire world and still have been just as elated. And that is something for which I will be eternally grateful.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

in spirit


You are a beautiful, hilarious, and kindhearted girl, my SiLala. Being your sister goes beyond any measure of happiness, and I wish you endless giggles in your fifteenth year.
I love you forever.