Barcelona: Up in the Sky at Montserrat

Thursday, December 6, 2012:  Barcelona, Spain Click Here to see all 330 photos from our 2012 Transatlantic Cruise Our Transatlantic itinerary provided us with the chance to return to one of our most favorite cities in the world…  We’re back in Barcelona, Spain and today’s plan will take us an hour outside of Barcelona for […]

The Power Of A Click… & A Request

What a difference the internet has made… For thousands of years, mankind has been hunting and gathering for food, developing unique solutions for locating, preparing, serving, and storing it.  Today, one mouse click at will have your entire grocery list selected by a cheerful team member, placed into color-coded bins, loaded onto a climate-controlled […]

Once Upon A Time…

Once Upon A Time… These are timeless words that conjure up visions of a child’s bedtime story.  It is where tales of bravery, kingdoms, dragons, evil queens, poison apples, and chivalry blend with magic, imagination, and life lessons presented through beloved characters.  Filled with amazing twists and turns, they fill us with joy, suspense, and […]

Are We Pregnant?

It was a busy afternoon…  I was running around the house bouncing between phone interviews and working on several aspects of the adoption paperwork and our profile.  I was multitasking in overdrive as the downstairs telephone rang.  The caller ID flashed and the numbers didn’t have a chance to register before I hurriedly clicked the […]

Waiting to Wait

Patience is a virtue. Sadly, it is not one I possess. So the concept of waiting to wait is very difficult for me, to say the least. What is “waiting to wait?” As our previous posts explained, we went to the orientation, seminar, finished adoption education coursework, completed a stack of  paperwork, and had four […]

Introduction to Adoption: Part 2

February 7, 2012 As we were closing out our Bethany orientation, our leader identified that there was an 8 hour education seminar that all prospective adoptive parents must complete before being able to proceed to submission of an adoption profile (the final component required before you can be presented to expectant parents).  The seminar was […]

One Journey Ends… With Many More To Begin…

What a ride… 100 Days… 42,000+ Miles… 50+ TheNextJourney Posts… 1325 Pictures Posted Online… 6 Countries… 9 Rental Cars… 55 Days Onboard Ship… 20 Hotels, Motels, Hostels, and B&Bs… 24 Cruise Ports Of Call… 30+ Methods of Transportation (including Gondola, Jet Boat, Camel, Segway, & Bamboo Raft)… Countless New Experiences Had and New Friends Made… […]

Auckland: Rangitoto, Devonport, and Segways!

Friday, October 28th, 2011:  Auckland, New Zealand There are those moments when you can recognize that Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, is home to more than one-third of the country’s entire population.   With its towering skyscrapers, morning commute traffic, and urban sprawl, it can certainly fit the description.  Amongst the organized chaos of […]

Akaroa: Swimming With The Dolphins! Almost…

Monday, October 24th, 2011:  Akaroa, New Zealand A last minute port replacement for Christchurch, which while making good progress still has a lot of reconstruction to complete before thousands of cruise ship passengers can enter its damaged city center, the tiny town of Akaroa was this year’s beneficiary of 83 cruise ships to represent the […]

Fjordland: Scenic Cruising In The Sounds

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011:  Fjordland, New Zealand As we completed two relatively calm days in the Tasman Sea, headed southeast from Sydney, we arrived into Milford Sound early on Saturday morning for scenic cruising of Fjordland National Park in the southwest corner of New Zealand’s South Island.  Onboarding our ranger and pilot for the sounds, […]

Lifou: Island Life Away From The Hustle & Bustle

Saturday, October 8th, 2011:  Lifou, New Caledonia After two sea days working our way northeast from Sydney through the Coral Sea, we arrived shortly before 10am to the island of Lifou in New Caledonia.  The largest of the Loyalty Islands, this island paradise is truly unspoiled, untouched, and quite amazing.  Nearly the entire island is […]

Darwin: Waterfalls, Litchfield, & Termites?!?

Friday, September 16, 2011:  Darwin, Autralia We’ve arrived in the Northern Territory and to Darwin, Australia, the northernmost port on our Australian itinerary, and the gateway to the Australian Outback.  Through our travels today won’t take us more than 120kms from Darwin, we will travel down the Stuart Highway, also known as the A1, which […]

The First Step…

Turning a dream into reality is not easy… Anyone that tells you otherwise is choosing to ignore many of the details between the start of the venture and when it all finally comes together, or is just plain lying to make you feel better about the process. Yes, there might be a moment of brilliant […]

Something More

This song has inspired me twice now.  Once when I left my job of five years to go back to school full time to get my MBA and now as we embark on our next journey.  I’m hoping that you can listen to the words and let it inspire you. I’m not recommending that anyone […]