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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Down By The Sea

My husband and I have been married for almost 10 years (in November it will be 10 years actually). Within those 10 years we have never taken a proper family vacation. We took some amazing conference trips that I mixed a getaway into and we have taken a few nights here and there to go somewhere special, but we have never taken what people would call a real vacation, a place that is usually warm and relaxing. Oh and yes, we would go to Slovakia for a month, but visiting family isn't a vacation, it's visiting family. With all of this said we finally took our first family vacation. 
This whole vacation thing was unplanned and unexpected, but I'm glad we decided to do it last minute. You see, my husband got a new job and there was a last minute schedule change due to Easter leaving him with a week of no work. After some prayer we decided to spend that week in Croatia, a place I would have never visited if we didn't move to Europe. I like to call Croatia a cross between Italy and Greece. 
We decided to drive there as it's not that far and it's a pleasant enough drive. The drive itself takes about 10 hours to where we were going. The road took us through a bit of Hungary and then through Croatia itself. Augustin did a good job in the car like he usually does, but he did have access to a kindle throughout the trip. For the kindle we timed one hour to screen time and one hour off which we usually listened to a story. On the way back the whole trip was a little tougher, we took more stops and it was overall slow going. We didn't get home until 1am while on the way there we were at our airbnb by 11:30pm. 
The whole trip was pretty amazing, windy, rainy and somewhat cold (for me). When we got there the wind blew almost everyday and there were many days of rain with a few sunny days that we took full advantage of. Augustin LOVED playing at the beach and never seemed to have enough time by the water. We made sure to give him a beach day, but because of the cold and cold water he had his rain boots on the whole time. I think we were the only ones playing in the water though. 
One of the sunnier days we took a hike up the mountain that's behind the town we stayed in. The hike was high, beautiful and I am so glad we did it! We found the abandoned and in ruins village that used to be Podgora. It was abandoned after a set of earthquakes destroyed the houses which sent people to seek shelter closer to the beach. The houses were small, unique and beautiful in their ruin. I wanted to take some of the pieces that could be salvaged, but alas, they were not mine to take (like windows). I could explore these kind of villages for days and not get bored. 
Most days I cooked at the place we were staying and luckily I was inspire enough to make some really yummy and healthy dishes. The days I didn't cook we found some nice local food and for the most part it was delicious. We enjoyed the locally grown oranges, olive oil and lemons the most. I wish I could get a truck load of those items straight to my home. We also found the best Croatian cheese and I ate as much as I could of it. 
My favorite town was, of course, Dubrovnik. It was a town like I have never seem before. The streets climbed flights of stairs on either side. The houses were tiny, but the street and their lights with laundry everywhere were amazing. I guess Game of Thrones was filmed there a bit as with Star Wars and the town in really milking that part. The whole old town is surrounded by a wall and it feels like you have stepped into a different place. I will leave out these pictures ( most of them ) as they deserves a blog post of their own. Also Augustin may have joined in with some local boys to play some games. He's so social and always ready to join the fun.
Enough with my words and onto the pictures from the trip!
































Thursday, February 1, 2018

#Endofmonthannettab

The hashtag End Of Month Annetta B has been one I've been doing since we were at the end of our Airstream journey to remember the mont that just went by. It's a nine square collage that's supposed to tell a story of our lives and adventures I post on my personal Instagram account @annettab.

I'd like to post the recap of a year gone by, 2017. It's our first whole year here in Slovakia and a year I would like to remember for sure! I have plans to make this into a yearbook type of photo book. 













Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Tightrope

If you have seen 'The Greatest Showman' then you may know the song called 'Tightrope'. If you haven't take a listen here and I'll post some of the lyrics.

Some people long for a life that is simple and planned
Tied with a ribbon
Some people won't sail the sea 'cause they're safer on land
To follow what's written
But I'd follow you to the great unknown
Off to a world we call our own
Hand in my hand and we promised to never let go
We're walking the tightrope
High in the sky
We can see the whole world down below
We're walking the tightrope
Never sure, never know how far we could fall
But it's all an adventure
That comes with a breathtaking view
Walking the tightrope
Yesterday it dawned on me that this song explains the relationship my husband and I have with our God the Father. God has been doing some interesting things in our lives of late. I would think that after selling our house in the States, traveling America in an Airstream for a year and then moving to Slovakia would be it when it comes to walking by faith, but it turns out it was just the beginning. A little test to the faith walking we are doing and about to embark on. 
Today my husband turned in his two month notice to his job without the promise of another one, but with the prompting of the Holy Spirit for another direction He wants to take him. I first heard about God leading my husbands heart to serve under Baptist Union in the summer. It was something that we both hoped wouldn't really happen, but here we are with this calling stronger upon my husbands heart then ever before, a two month notice and the position not starting till May. I'm not freaking out because God and the way He's been working in our lives. This isn't new, this all follows a pattern we started living when we chose God over all else. We have peace and make our decision with prayer, connecting with other fellows Christians we trust and communicating with one another.
This is just a little bit of what's going on. There is also the buying of a house in Bratislava thing, again with God in prayer. God moving in my friends and my life giving us a vision for what He has for the two of us (and wow, bigger then us for sure). That's another God story that pretty amazing starting from the way we met. There's the promise of two baby girls for me sometime in His timing. There just seems to be a lot of moving pieces in our lives at the moment, a lot of praying, walking by faith, trusting God and walking that tightrope with Him. 
I'm sure all that we are doing seems crazy to a person who follows and lives by logic. You see, we don't live my logic or follow it, but follow a God who gave up His only beloved son for us. We follow a God who is bigger then anything and who leads people closer to Him. My life makes sense when I follow Him and is scary when I am lead by logic. When we did take matter into our own hands, it almost cost me my life, but that's my birth story.
This relationship is a step by step relationship, a day by day thing. It's been that way from the beginning. I don't have to have things figured out, but I do have to trust a mighty Father who loves me and knows me. I am also thankful that God gave me a husband who isn't afraid to follow Him, who does it boldly and leads our family to do the same.

Are we a generation of Christians that follows God where He leads? Do we even include Him in our daily decisions, the big and the small?









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