Here I Am


Well, we made It through security and just finished a very late lunch at 4 pm! Our flight is delayed and we learned the hard way that we were only allowed one carry on item each and personal item weighing up to 12 kilos total! $800 later and 11 checked bags and 5 rearranged carry on bags with 4 lap tops included, I think I deserved and needed a beer!! I am drained yet ready to board our plane soon for our next adventure.

Leaving our home, our neighborhood and friends and Oma and Opa was so hard for me. The tears kept falling and I tried to stop but I think it also felt good to relieve some stress. Plus going to bed at 1 am and getting up at 6 am pretty much for the last month has left me more emotional than usual and 10 pounds heavier!! Ugh…

So I’m excited for new beginnings and this adventure we chose to take. Thank you for your kind words and support and visits. We won’t forget you!!

Tomorrow I’ll start a new Day 1 – and count the beautiful days in Europe, documenting and sharing with you our journey and my personal scrapbook. I hope you’ll share your stories as well and stay connected – for the friends and family and relationships I have with you make my life meaningful.

Oh, and before I go, did I tell you that my parents are the best people on the planet? They drove my dad’s truck with 11 suitcases and Jeff’s car with us and our carry on items to the airport. They then drove to a local town and waited for us to be sure we got through security and all and didn’t need to send anything back or if our flight got cancelled. Oh and there’s more, they are headed back to our house to change the sheets and clean up after us so that our “guest” house is ready to receive loved ones! I love you mama and pops! Thanks for everything and we’ll see you in October!!

With love,



6 thoughts on “Here I Am

  1. Adriana and Family,
    The Looby’s look so forward to hearing all about your magnificint year! We LOVED our year away from our “home” and made friends we will have for a lifetime. Our advice, make the most of every day!!! if you want to go to Holland’s version of “Monterey,” GO! That is what we did! Our family grew so close to one another, until October 2007, we were all we had……then we met the Hartley’s!!!! Love you all so much
    Megan, Joe, Lawrence, Lydia, K-Fry & Joey

  2. LOL!!! i wondered how the airport went! and actually… i’m LMAO!!!

    remind me someday to tell you about the car ride to KK.
    miss you! have fun!

    XOXO – dork

  3. I think I cried until about LA.
    Just because things were so good there, I shouldn’t have been sad – -but happy for all the people who we loved so very much. 🙂
    Hang in there!

  4. Well Toots, your hard work and organization has come to an end or should I say the BEGINNING. We will miss you and the family, but look forward to our visit in a few months. Enjoy the moments, it just gets better.
    Love you,
    Mom and Dad

  5. Wow; you made it!! It was so bittersweet seeing Julianna and your mom tearful, and Christian smiling in the pic. I love the one of all of you and your luggage. Anyway, can’t wait to hear more about your journey. I bet the time is going to go by so fast!

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