|Cinque Terre...north of Pisa, Italy|
|Greek theatre in Taormina, Sicily|
|Mt. Etna before erupting in Oct.|
|Carnival Sunshine Dec|
As for family...I just always heard my mom refer to extended relatives as "My Family" and growing up I used to think 'Wasn't it mine too?' Sometimes I am glad I was 'excommunicated' and consider it a blessing for the most part. It doesn't mean I didn't love my parents or wish I had family to run to. It's just that I found my strength somewhere else ;) I know running away from violent situations only made things worse. I'm not a perfect nor sheltered person and sometimes hate the complexities life spun me but believe there are reasons behind everything that comes into play.
So it's been a long dark journey for both of us but we know we're lucky to be blessed and that it is God's blessings of wisdom, understanding, forgiveness, love, endurance, and grace that has kept our heads above water in order to pull ourselves up and out of the hole we were put in. We don't even blame anyone. Not even ourselves. I believe it is just the way things are meant to be sometimes.
A sister in charge of our cottage at boarding school would always say to me... "We are lucky to be so blessed" and "Without Pain, the Joy in Life won't Show". How true. I still carry her words with me...along with my rosary and prayer card. They are there for when I lose my way :}
Posting trip photos again until I find all or any of the cameras battery chargers :l