The Floral State

September 28, 2008

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since we’ve updated our blog…We’ve had a very busy and eventful 3 or 4 months. We made our big move down to Florida on July 17 and we are getting settled in still. Thank you for those of you who have been praying for us in this transition in our lives. That really means a lot to us. We believe God has really been teaching us so much about trusting him with relationships and parenthood and our marriage, etc. God has been good to us, He is so gracious, and He has been faithful as we have gone through a lot of changes. Here are some things we were able to do and enjoy this summer, much of which was really genuine time spent with our families…

*We spent a week in Dewey Beach for a great vacation with the Tomassoni’s. This was Dante’s first time ever seeing an ocean. We celebrated Dante’s birthday (his first first birthday party…he had a few this summer, lucky boy). All the cousins, Dante, Sia and Lucca had such a blast playing together all week, especially in their frog pool at the beach.

*We were able to go on a fun 4 day Disney cruise with the Berry’s. We enjoyed getting out to different islands, sharing meals together, snorkling in the Caribbean, swimming in pools, etc. We even got to watch some of Kung Fu panda while Dante was sleeping one night. While snorkling, it was amazing to see the life under water when we’re used to looking on the land. It was beautiful, but April is much better at snorkling than John is. In fact, John is a little nervous about snorkling near large fast swimming biting fish, and not to mention huge crabs that blend in to the sea floor. Needless to say, there were many funny situations during our snorkling adventures.

*April and I were able to celebrate our anniversary (July 21) soon after we made our move to Florida. We spent two nights at Sanibel Island on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It was just such a relaxing few days during a busy summer. We got to go swimming, lay out and sleep, walk on a beautiful beach. This is also the week when John made his first contact with the school where he now is teaching.

*John could not drive in to work on August 21 due to the flooding in our neighborhood from Tropical Storm Fay. It just so happens that this was Dante’s birthday. We had a great time sharing a cake and walking through water, and napping and enjoying Dante’s birthday.

*We’ve been able to go to the beach a few times, and enjoy amazing sights and sounds in God’s creation. The waves, the view of the setting sun, the sounds of the waves crashing and the white water coming up to the shore. Dante loves running around on the shore line, he is always showing off in the water for Mommy and Daddy, and he loves to pick up the sand (which sometimes ends up in his mouth!)

*John was very blessed to get a job at a High School in Orlando during a summer where the budget problems in FL made it difficult for people to find teaching jobs. There were not too many Spanish openings this summer in Central FL, so we are really thankful for that opening. He’ll also be coaching lacrosse in the spring.

*We also had another fun birthday party for Dante with his Florida family and friends. He is such a lucky boy to have so many people who love him and care about him.

*ALSO, one more thing, in the last two days Dante has been WALKING like crazy!!! He actually tried to run already…and obviously fell and bumped his cabeza. These past two Saturday’s we have been taking Dante to a park in M.I. to let him run wild and meet other kids and families, and share a meal together just us three. We’ve really enjoyed being outside a lot, and Dante loves to see nature and share in it.

Here are some fun pictures from our summer…Also, check out Dante walking and Tropical Storm Fay flooding on Youtube by copying and pasting these links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMBNbwawmFw    (Dante walking)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZGk4XtjprA    (Dante walking at the park)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdikbhfANfg    (Dante walking at the park)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1dQc5q0FdE     (Tropical Storm Fay Flooding)