Year 12

The time has come to wind down our time here in Klaipeda, Lithuania for the season. My husband is finishing up his 12th season as a professional and I’m just so incredibly proud of him. We are pulling to bring home a medal in a week or so and then enjoy a summer home in Texas.

This year has probably been the best out of all my years traveling with Zo. I have loved every place we have called home, but this year all 3 of us made a “life” here and it’s really made for some incredible memories.

Logan has excelled in school here and man, we are so sad to leave that. He loves all his friends and teachers, has enjoyed birthday parties and plays dates, and I’ve loved getting to know some of the great mamas in his class as well.

I was able to finally put my degree to use after ten years, ha! I had the opportunity to volunteer at Logan’s school to teach English in the primary school building. It’s been amazing!! I feel so blessed to have spent this time with the kiddos and I’m going to miss my 3 classes terribly.

I also have gotten to hang out with some of my Lithuanian friends I’ve missed so much, hang out with some incredible American wives, and also make some new friends here which has been so fun. I was able to organize several events for the American wives group and the memories from this season for sure will be in my mind always!

I don’t think I spent much time at the apartment this season and was always on the go! It’s been an extremely busy season but seriously the best one.

I also was asked a few months ago to model in a bridal editorial coming up in a few days and I can’t wait! After having prep, hair, nail, makeup, and fitting meetings all week, I’m so excited to watch the teams incredible vision come to life! I’m honored. It’s been almost a decade since I’ve seen my prints on paper so to see these will be fun!

We had THE best nanny, as Logan calls her, Paddington (Patricia) who has loved on our baby boy more than we could imagine or ask! She graduated from University AND got married all this year! She’s a rockstar and we are really going to miss her!

Ohhhh….and basketball! Ha! The real reason we are here!

Zo has had a wonderful season. We are in Lithuania for the third year, he knows the league and they know him! It’s been a fun year, pretty injury free, and a successful season for the club being in 2nd place!

January brought us the hardest month of our lives when we lost my mother in law. Zo had lots of unexpected trips home, lots of long, sad flights, and traveling and playing was extremely difficult.

Grief is tough, it looks different for everyone. But there is one thing I’ll always remember my mother in law saying.

“This is God’s plan for me, I won’t fight it or question it, I know this is my path”

I so want to be like her. I want to have the faith, 100% that God’s purpose for us is good, even through the trial.

We miss her everyday, but I know she’s never been prouder of her son and she finally gets to see all his overseas games!

So here we are, summer 2019, end of pro season 12.

Where to next? I’m not sure, but if it tops this year…we are NEVER retiring!!

-Morgan

Germany trip

Hi friends! I wanted to share our Germany trip here on the blog and I hope you enjoy. Germany is a place we have called home and every time we go back it’s better than before. This year we planned out a route from southern Germany to northern and made 7 stops along the way.

We saw friends in every spot and even were hosted by a few of our favorite people!

Logan and I always have a blast when we travel together but it’s extra special for him to see all his little American (and Australian) friends and get a big dose of English speaking!

Our first stop was in Nuremberg Germany where we took a train to Bamberg, Germany and stayed with Augustine & Bre (they are basically family and we love them!!) They’ve got the cutest little guy Landon and although Logan was pretty jealous of me cuddling him, he warmed up…a little.

We’ve gotten to watch Augustine play many times before but this was fun seeing his game with Logan and in his home arena. They played against a team that another dear friend plays on so to watch them both was really a treat!

From Bamberg we headed to Crailsheim Germany where we got to hang with our Australian friends and old teammates Ben and Bria. It’s always a good time when me and Bria get together (ask our husbands) and I’ve missed having her on a team with me. Ben and Zo played together in Lithuania and we’ve missed them! They’ve got two little boys and Logan had a blast to say the least!

I also got to see my friend Maria, who I adore!! Talk about having a good time! 🙂 You ever met someone who radiates love and positivity ALL the time? Welp, that’s her!! Spending time together always sets my soul on fire and I’m so glad we got to hang out on this trip! She brought her 2 sweet boys with her and Logan had a blast with them.

We headed way up to Vechta, Germany next where I got to hang out with my friend Andrea who I have known for 4 years and weekly video chat on bible study with. This was our first time meeting in person (even though it didn’t feel like it) and oh my goodness her little one Collins and Logan had a full night of belly laughs! Such a sweet family and we had so much fun!!

Next up, Bonn, Germany. Back to basketball. It was Mother’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with some incredible women and some ball! Getting to spend time with the Mayo family was a treat. We have spent time together in the summers as we are both in Texas BUT heading to their overseas element was quite a treat! Our little ones played and we had some great laughs as well.

I also got to have dinner with my girlfriend Masha who I haven’t seen in several years. She’s a gem and radiates beauty and happiness. I was so glad we could hang for the day because we had so much to catch up on. I declared our crew the M’s (Meisha, Mahsa, and Morgan) . We had fun to say the least.

Onward bound to our final stop, Oldenburg! Usually our Germany trip consists of just Oldenburg and visiting the Paulding’s! Rickey plays basketball there and his wife Kara is one of my favorite people on the planet! They’ve got 3 kids, 2 boys and a girl and Logan literally has a blast when they get together. They are all 3 so sweet with him and it’s like his special siblings for the week! Me & Kara always have the best time together and she just gets me. She’s been doing this basketball thing overseas for 15 years so I look to her in so many ways for advice and support when it comes to hoops, motherhood, and much more!

Back to Klaipeda , Lithuania for 3 more weeks and then home to Texas!

I cherish every trip we take, all the friendships we make and continue to grow, and for all the incredible people this lifestyle has brought to our family!!

TschĂĽss!!

Until next Time,

Morgan

***ive got lots of pictures up on my Facebook page!

Texas for Christmas

Hello friends and happy Monday to you all! I wanted to chat a little bit about our departure and answer some questions I have been getting.

Yes, Logan and I will head back to Texas for Christmas and Zo will stay behind. This will be the second year that WE have made this decision and our family has decided it is the best for us. I spend the majority of Zo’s season with him here and to be honest, this season has been the best one yet. We are enjoying our city, friends, and activities so much and Logan is having a blast at school.

This time home my sweet mom will turn 60, my 2 childhood friends will be getting married, and I will get to see my dad coach a basketball game for the first time. These are things that I so desired to be home for and my husband so unselfishly decided were important for me to be at as well.

With all that being said, yep, its tough being alone for the holidays and I know Zo will be here with friends and will keep busy with games and practices but still will miss us while we are gone, we will surely miss him too.

We have been doing ALL the activities here in Klaipeda with Logan to enjoy some Christmas themed time as a family of three and we are super excited to watch Logan in his first real performance for his Christmas play on Thursday. We have called and visited Santa Claus, gone Christmas shopping, enjoyed the Christmas markets, watched the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, made hot cocoa and watched movies, and Zo has definitely out-done himself as Santa Claus with Amazon and our house in Texas! 🙂

We have also enjoyed some incredible time as a couple and this past weekend we celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary. We exchanged anniversary and Christmas gifts already and we know we are getting old because we bought ONLY things we needed and skipped all the wants!

So, for now, this is it. Our family of three will go to two and Zo will spend a bit of time here in Europe alone. When we return in 2019 we’ve got some big stuff planned, Logan will be back in school, our date nights and games will return and we will do a bit of traveling in the spring before returning together as 3 in June of 2019.

We always love and appreciate our family and friends and so love you journeying this life with us.

As for me, I hope to see as many friends and family as possible while home and hug your necks so tight because I truly cherish the time together.

xo

Morgan

Our new city—Klaipeda, Lithuania

We made it!! We are settling into our new city & have been exploring NON STOP! Although I’ve been here before, it’s still so new & with so many different options & activities that I missed out on a decade ago!

COFFEE! Yep! I don’t even want to hear it because y’all KNOW I’m going to talk about coffee. Besides Zo & Logan, my other obsession is a fabulous espresso, cappuccino, or coffee cocktail; it’s just my favorite! Our new city has no shortage of coffee shops & that makes me happy. It’s one thing I appreciate about Europe, there’s not just one spot to go {ie: Starbucks} but 10-20 coffee shops that all serve different brews & flavors & they are all delicious!

BASKETBALL —It has begun! Our season officially kicked off this past weekend & we couldn’t be more excited. As we enter year 12, we are all aware that Zo’s career won’t last forever & every game I get to watch him perform his best in, is a game cherished. I tear up talking {or writing} about this part of our lives. It’s all Zo has known since he was 18 years old & soon it will end. I thank God everyday for his health, his youth on the court, and the coaches, teammates, and teams that year after year keep him at the top level of playing.

LIFE OUTSIDE OF BALL- Zo won’t have many off days as season is in full swing & he will be traveling across Europe for Champions League, this means mama gets busy too! Logan will start school October 1 & we are so excited for him. He enjoyed this international school & their program last year & we just transferred him over to this branch here in our new city. I will be volunteering at the American English School again & I just can’t wait for that! Those high school kids lit up my days & I’m sure this group will too. We are still on the hunt for the perfect nanny for our little guy but I’m sure we will find one soon & look forward to the occasional date night & mom’s night out!

FOOD- we have quickly fallen in love with a few places to eat here and one of our favorites is P & M–not only is the menu in English but the food is fresh and delicious and the restaurant boast several play areas for kiddos!

My go to is a Greek salad and Zo loves the Italian cooked style pizza.

This weekend we will play our old Lithuanian team & this should be a great & exciting game!!

Until next time

-Morgan

Year 12!

Oh man! Here we are, heading off to year 12 of professional basketball for Zo and I don’t have any other word other than PROUD. We spent this summer analyzing what our future holds, what we really want to do, and {gasp} life outside of basketball.

We never want our identity to be wrapped up in the game and we never want our family to be separated by miles or in a place that won’t suit all 3 of us. To do this, we have to make some tough decisions that never come without fear and we never know if that’s going to show fruitful with a job.

Oh but God, HE knows it will be fruitful, HE knows where and what we need and HE knows how to make that possible.

So I am extremely excited and happy to announce that the Williams family will be headed back to Lithuania this season with a new team but with old teammates, coaches, friends, and school.

If you’ve known us for a while you know that Zo has played in Lithuania before (the last 2 years) and I spent time in Klaipeda (our new city) almost 11 years ago. Lithuania is a place we’ve grown to call home and although the city is new for us, the atmosphere and culture is not. We won a championship in Latvia with the Grant family who we love and is now on this team and Zo’s old coach that took us to the finals 2 years ago will be his coach again. He also has old Lithuanian teammates who will be reuniting with us! To say we are stoked is an understatement! We also will be able to enjoy our friends in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Panevezys who made the past two years so fun.

((This photo was taken when I was in Klaipeda 11 years ago–can’t wait to revisit and look where God has brought me full circle))

Logan will of course start over with new friends and teachers but the school he will attend is a branch of the school he attended last year so the schedule and routine will be the same. This is an answered prayer 100% .

As always, our friends and family ask about Logan’s birthday and Christmas and how to send him things. We will be home during Christmas time but if you would like to grab Logan a little something we have this registry and will buy these before we take off overseas and gift him in November for his birthday.

Logan’s birthday registry

You can follow along & keep up with Zo’s team here: Team Facebook page and as always I will post as many game links as I can.

We are always grateful for the support and prayers every season and as we head into year 12 we are just so thankful, humble, excited, grateful, shocked, and happy that God is still blessing us in abundance!

Zo heads out Thursday (August 23) and Logan and I will join him in just 3 short weeks (September 15).

Now let’s go get another championship, it’s about that time!

Girls weekend! —Indiana & Kentucky

I had such a great time on my girls trip about a week ago and wanted to share a little wrap up of a few things we did. The goal was a fun and relaxing getaways with one of my best friends on the planet! We’ve known each other over a decade and each summer we make a point to get together. You see, we have never lived in the same city, most of the time we have lived in separate states and that makes seeing each other a bit difficult. Since this year was a busy one for me as a wife and mama bear, I decided I would fly up to see her, alone without my son or husband and just enjoy some time alone. (You can catch that blog post here:take the weekend ).

I flew into Louisville, Kentucky which is a direct, 2 hr flight from Houston and we drove a swift 20 minutes to Indiana to where she lives…yep, 20 minutes to another state. You can imagine how this concept seems insane from this Texas girl where 20 minutes gets me 4 miles away!

We actually enjoyed some time in both Indiana and Kentucky and I wanted to share a few of my favorite outings:

1. Churchill Downs—Kentucky, home of the Kentucky derby. I’ll have to make my way back in the spring one year and enjoy the races!

2. Zaxby’s—this was my first time trying the little chain spot and it was delicious! If you’re looking for chicken (similar to whataburger, canes, hooters, this is great!)

3. Big 4 bridge—this historical bridge leads you over the Ohio river and crosses you from Indiana into Kentucky, pretty neat!

4. Pie kitchen cafe—this was a cute little dessert spot and I tried their homemade vanilla icecream with homemade caramel apple crisp pie—to die for! ((Pie Kitchen ))

5. Shepardsville Indiana led us to a quaint little winery that boasted my favorite type of white wine “light, crisp” and extremely tasty. ((Vineyards website: Wight Meyers Vineyard ))

6. 8 up. This was a rooftop bar we enjoyed downtown that overlooked Louisville and had great vibes, drinks, and music, definitely recommend on a cool, summer night. ((8 UP ))

These were a few of my favorite things and I so cherished my time with my dear friend, Kayla. Although our trips are only once a year, they are my favorite and I can’t wait for our 2019 adventures!

Until next time

-Morgan

San Antonio, Texas with families–Top places to eat

Thank you to the wonderful places that hosted us, all opinions are 100% my own.

Who doesn’t LOVE to eat when they go on vacation? I know we do and San Antonio did NOT disappoint! We had an incredible time on vacation in San Antonio Texas and we had our minds made up to eat at some incredible places. I am sharing our top 5 places to eat that are suitable for all, we brought along our families but each establishment could have been for couples and even some pet friendly places.

If you are in San Antonio you cannot miss out on trying these!

  1. Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio . If you are looking for a fun and relaxed atmosphere, this is your place! We had an incredible time at the Hard Rock Café and the food had such great flavor and the portion sizes were filling. As we entered into the café a room full of rock star legend décor surrounded us and the vibe immediately put you in a good mood, ask my little one who was dancing non-stop! Downstairs we had a large table that was seated near the bar and that was THE coolest bar I have seen. What a great vibe, lots of drink choices, and the bartenders seemed so lively and fun. My family and I enjoyed all different types of food from chicken, salads, and burgers, pulled pork, fries, ribs, wings, fajitas, and a hot fudge sundae! Everything was delicious and we had ZERO to go boxes! This place had a great variety of people, from families, to a work crowd at the bar for happy hour, to couples and friends enjoying the outside patio along the famous River walk. There was a spot for everyone and the music, lively wait staff, and restaurant décor made for a wonderful experience for my family and I. No matter who you are or who you are with, make a stop here when you visit San Antonio, this is a wonderful, fun place to enjoy! Thank you for hosting us Hard Rock Café!

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2. Guillermo’s Downtown . This incredible Italian Restaurant did not disappoint. We parked in the back of this quaint little yellow “house” and were greeted by fun colors, paintings, lights, sounds, and an outdoor patio, which had some cute little pups dining, too! (Their outdoor seating is pet friendly). We walked in and were greeted and set right down. The menu had a ton of choices and they all sounded amazing. Pasta, lasagna, calzones, desserts, salads, pizzas, and a great drink menu. My family all has different tastes and we all ordered different things…with no left overs brought home! I enjoyed a started Caesar salad, which was unique and topped with cranberries, green olives, and pineapples. My mom and I shared a 10-inch margarita pizza that had the tastiest cheeses, fresh basil, and ripe tomatoes. My husband and sister enjoyed lasagna, one with mushroom and spinach and the other with pepperoni and chicken. My dad enjoyed their traditional pasta and meat sauce and he said this was “the best meat sauce he had ever tasted.” This cute little restaurant is off the main path and crowd and a favorite with the locals, if we ever are back in San Antonio, this is a must again, next time we will try and save room for dessert and drinks! Thank you for hosting us Guillermo’s.

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3. Sip. My sister and I enjoyed afternoon coffee and people watching right near the River walk at this quaint little bistro. They offer fresh juices, little bites, and all sorts of different coffee drinks. The atmosphere is hip and fun and we enjoyed lounging on the couch and enjoying our brews. If you are looking for a little café with a great vibe, here’s your spot!  (((My tee is from: Moots Clothing )))IMG_3347

4. Lulu’s Bakery and Cafe . We knew we wanted to head to this 24/7 cafĂ© during our trip to San Antonio to try their famous 3 pound cinnamon roll. My husband had seen their shop featured on the TV show, Man vs. Food and he wanted to try this out, it was amazing! It was incredibly sweet, moist, with just the right amount of cinnamon, and delicious. Between the 7 of us we thought we would finish it but we couldn’t! They also boast some delicious bakery eats and proudly serve comfort food all day long! They are also known for their 21-ounce chicken fried steak with a challenge to eat it all in 12 minutes! Could you do it?

5. Down on Grayson . We met some friends here for dinner and it did not disappoint. The place had an upscale café vibe and a great full-length bar in the dining area. We enjoyed dinner on their large patio where they had tables, fans with cool mist blowing, and umbrellas. Their mixed drinks were amazing and I enjoyed a lovely frozen Sangria margarita, crisp nachos with chicken as an appetizer, and a delicious grilled chicken Caesar salad for dinner. My husband raved about their chicken sandwich and their apple crisp for dessert! This place was good for families and couples alike and we had a great time with our friends here, definitely recommend this place if you are near downtown San Antonio.

Thank you for reading and hope you enjoy your visit to San Antonio, or if you are local, check these out!

Looking for family fun activities in San Antonio? Check out the blog here: San Antonio, Texas–best places to visit for families

Until next time,

Morgan Williams

San Antonio, Texas for families—Things to Do

Thank you to the wonderful places that hosted us, all opinions are 100% my own.

We had the absolute best time in San Antonio and were able to enjoy it with not only my husband and son but also with my parents and siblings. San Antonio is a great place for families and there are activities and places to go for all ages and interests. I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite places to go for family friendly activities. Thank you to all the incredible places that hosted us and for the amazing hospitality at each spot!

  1. Natural Bridge Caverns . We stopped here first since it was on our way from Houston and about 30 minutes from our Air BnB in San Antonio. THIS PLACE IS INCREDIBLE. Natural Bridge Caverns offers a wide range of activities and tours and we really could have spent the whole day there! They offer cave tours, a bat flight, a canopy challenge, a maze, gem and fossil mining, lots of good eats and drinks, and souvenir shops, of course! We went on the most popular tour, the discovery tour. This tour lasts a little over an hour and is perfect if you have smaller kids that won’t sit still long (like ours). You walk a little over ½ a mile through the caves and the tour guide teaches you about the ancient formations and you also get to take photos along the way. This tour was interesting, engaging, fun, and we got our exercise in for the day! There was so much more to do and if you are ever along the path of Natural Bridge Caverns it is worth the stop! Discovery tour tickets: $23.50 for adults
  1. Splashtown San Antonio. This was our next stop of the day to cool off and have some water fun! The park is very close to downtown and was right off the highway and they do not charge for parking. We walked in and rented lockers to keep all of our belongings and then jumped right in for the fun. My 3 year old went straight for the kid slides and they had two specified sections of kid fun. They were well designed where parents could lounge and relax and still see all their children and they provided lounge chairs and tables. There were water falls, splash pad areas, lots of slides, and shallow water for my little one to enjoy. My parents had a great time cruising the lazy river and my siblings and I enjoyed the 3 giant slides they offered. There was lots of fun for all ages, our family ranges from 3-60 years old and we all had a blast, especially ending our day in the wave pool! There are showers available when you are finished and lots of snacks and concessions throughout. If you travel to San Antonio for some water fun, stop here! We spent about 3 hours and for sure could have kept going! Adult tickets: $28.99 (with special online admission discount)
  1. San Antonio Aquarium . We absolutely loved the San Antonio aquarium. We began by exploring their dinosaur exhibit on the first level and that was really neat, they even had a little interactive floor game that we had to drag my son away from! We headed downstairs to the aquarium and started our tour through it and began with a fun time in the indoor sand box. Lots of kids were enjoying building sand castles and playing and my son spent some fun time there as well. We headed into the main room where we explored lots of tanks with different types of fish and sea creatures and my personal favorite was feeding the stingrays. There is a huge tank in the center of the aquarium where you are able to see, pet, and feed the stingrays, this was so fun to watch and participate in and they splashed my little guy, which had him laughing! We used our tokens to get food for the fish, stingrays, ostriches, and birds. We explored and fed as many animals as we could. They also had pony rides, bird petting, pirate shows, a live mermaid that was face painting, and a really neat gift shop where my son bought 2 cool sharks! There was so much to do and we didn’t even make it to the play center or bouncy house area…yes, you read that right, bouncy houses! We could have stayed there all day, it was such an interactive place where kids and families of all ages could enjoy something fun. My siblings, mom, and I ended our trip there with a sloth encounter, how stinking cool! You are able to learn about these cool creatures, pet them, feed them, and look around their habitat. This was a fun little interaction and I learned a lot about these cute little creatures. Overall I give the aquarium a 10 out of 10, there was just so much to do and see and unlike typical museums or centers, this aquarium was FULLY interactive. I loved that we could touch, explore, and feed almost every creature there, it made the trip fun for everyone in the family and especially neat for my 3-year-old son. We will be going back again for sure! Adult admission: $13.95
  1. The DoSeum was such a spectacular children’s museum, probably the best I have visited. There was SO much for kids to participate in and we enjoyed our time there. There were lots of interactive activities for kids to play in including dress up stations, pretend play stations, light and sound fun, outdoor play, and water play, too! We also enjoyed their summer exhibit “Dream, tomorrow, today” which showcases the importance of conservation, preservation, imagination, and exploration—start creating the future you imagine. My 3-year old had a great time enjoying their interactive activities, drawing his future self, sliding down the interactive slide, checking out all the recycled pieces, and enjoying the fun maze! We ended our time ringing the wind chimes in the tree house and splashing in the splash pad area, there is so much to do and you could spend lots more hours than we did! If you have kids and are in the area you cannot miss the DoSeum and right now they are showcasing that cool “Dream, tomorrow, today” exhibit and it is a MUST see! Admission for ages 1+: $14
  1. Sea World . What a fun adventure. I have not been to Sea World in about 20 years and I loved every moment of re-living the fun and adding my son to join in! We had a great time watching two fun shows, the Ocean Discovery which showcased Pacific white-sided dolphins, beluga whales, and colorful macaws as well as the One ocean show with killer whales. Both of these shows lasted the perfect amount of time to keep my little guy entertained and also boasted some beautiful messages and facts about the animals. Lots of time was also spent in their Sesame Street Bay of Play which was a huge splash pad area, a carousel, a fun Shamu ride, and a performance from all the Sesame Street characters. While my husband, mom, and son played here, my dad and I rode the 3 big roller coasters, I am a bit of a chicken when it comes to rides and thrills and these were lots of fun (and scary). After the Electric Eels 150 foot drop, I believe I am good on rides for a while! Adult admission: $59 online discount

San Antonio, Texas is such a great place for friends, couples, and families, we enjoyed our time there so much and would recommend San Antonio to anyone looking for some relaxed and enjoyable adventures!

If you are looking for some great places to eat, check out that blog post here: San Antonio, Texas–best places to eat for families

Until next time,

Morgan Williams

A bittersweet goodbye…

As we prepare to leave this city, I can’t help but feel a wave of crazy emotions. On one end I am thrilled to be going home and on the other, I feel a bit sad. We have called this city home for 2 years but this year it really was like “home”. We chose to make this season {and all moving forward} bigger than basketball. Of course, this is Zo’s job and always will be priority, but we found the joy in making this really like “home” and enjoying every little road trip, plane ride, adventure, and social interaction.

So what was so special this year? Well…we did a bit of traveling.

1. I think I traveled to every major Lithuanian city at least once, you can see a recap of some here on the blog:

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Klaipeda

We took a fun trip to Germany to visit friends. The weather was incredible and it was non-stop laughs. It was so nice to be with one of my favorite gal pals and also for Logan to experience some fun with some American kids, which he hadn’t done in a long time! Read all about our trip here if you haven’t:

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The absolute highlight of our season was traveling to Rome, Italy in the fall. If you have never been i highly suggest it and I recapped a ton of information on the blog for Rome do’s and don’ts. The weather was amazing and our family of 3 had a blast. It’s not often that Zo gets a break in the middle of season and this was just perfect! Here’s the Rome post {there are 4 parts}:

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So this season our travel was light, but often and that made the season fly by!

We also had the chance to have Logan in Kindergarten here, the “children’s garden” they call it and it was amazing. He was in a private school that also teaches English and that was amazing for Logan and for us. We could always communicate with teachers and staff and Logan could too. We were able to watch Logan blossom into such a strong, resilient, happy, and bi-lingual little one. Everyone brags that Logan’s Lithuanian is better than theirs, he has soaked up the language and can hold little conversations, it’s amazing to watch. I can’t forget to mention that he was also a little show-off in English class {he-he}. Logan made so many little friends, had his first girl crush, first best friend, and the teachers were just absolutely incredible!

We all know the saying “It takes a village to raise a child” and I absolutely believe it to be true, especially as an expat family. Since Logan was born we have had an incredible village of help while we navigate different countries (Logan has lived in 3 his first 3 years of life). There are those special people you pray over and you ask God to bring you, God surely has shown up and shown out in the “help” department and we are so thankful.

When Logan was born we had an incredible midwife in Germany for 6 weeks that looked after Logan’s health and growth, she was a godsend for this new mom that had 1,000 questions daily! (Pictured left)

We also had an amazing nanny, Ms. Nina that was a junior midwife and made us feel so comfortable leaving Logan in her care. Nina gave us our date nights back, gave me relief during the day to grocery shop or run errands, go see Zo’s basketball games alone, and also head to the gym to get my body back in shape after birth (which was and is important to me). (Pictured right)

Our next season in Germany we started Logan at school. His teacher was Ms. Bettina and she was the sweetest. She really helped Logan with the adjustment away from me and we also had our sweet Nina back to help, too!

Gosh, time flies!

And here we are just days away from another school, another nanny, and another “goodbye” and this mama heart can barely stand it!

We had THE best gal for Logan this season. When we said goodbye to our sweet Nina I was nervous we would never find anyone quite like her…I was wrong! This season our lovely Neda has been incredible! Not only does she play the best hide and seek with Logan, she loves him, brings him gifts, teaches him, cares for him, and always makes him happy! We are so blessed to have had her this season and will miss her terribly next year!! We hope she will make her way to the USA for a visit so we can repay her for taking care of our sweet boy and take care of her for a trip!

Besides travel and school, this mama was extra busy too! I decided to volunteer at the American English School and what an incredible experience! I taught 11th and 12th grade students once a week and they absolutely were the highlight of my week! Each student was unique and incredible. I learned so much about their lifestyle, Lithuanian culture, their dreams for their future, and of course a little pop culture and music too! Teach high school…it’ll make you feel incredibly old!! I’m so grateful for AMES for allowing me the opportunity and so thankful for all of my students that showed up every week, I will miss them terribly.

{I received this gift from one of my students, Lukas on our last day}, yep, I cried on the way home}.

We also fell in love with the local children’s home {orphanage} here in our city. What a beautiful place with so many incredible kids and I wish I could bring them all home with us to America!! They taught us how to sing and dance, they drew us pictures {that will proudly hang in the game room}, and they loved on us more than we could love on them. I absolutely will miss these kids and their directors very much. Humble yourselves enough in your lives to give to others, it’s a beautiful and life changing experience.

{at the children’s home with 2 of the directors and some of the children}

And last but absolutely not least, we had our second family! The Zabileviciene family became like our family, they were the kindest people ever and we wouldn’t have made it without them! They hosted Zo for Christmas when I was back home in Texas, they had us over for bbq (guys this is almost like TX bbq–no joke!) , and they also were proud supporters of the basketball team.

Their son was in America studying in Florida and graduated just this month, their daughter Ieva and her husband were so kind and it was a joy to hang out with them throughout the season and I also was able to enjoy coffee once a week with Geidre and our other friend, Dalia. Every Monday we met, spoke English for an hour, laughed, and really just enjoyed some peace and quiet time each week. A great highlight of most of my weeks for sure! I will miss this terribly.

It’s always hard to say goodbye, we are used to it now, it’s our life. But since having Logan it just gets harder and harder. Our son is resilient, he is strong, friendly, kind, loving, and giving. He will miss his friends, I 100% know that. But this year I am proud of him for all he has accomplished and all the growth that has happened and I know that whatever path God has for us expats next, HE will provide a special place for our sweet boy.

Zo & I also experienced a season like no other when it comes to faith. God asked us to be here again. We fought it, I wanted a change, last year was hard, I didn’t want what God was asking. But we did it. It was worth it. We experienced basketball in a whole other light this year 11, we made this place our life and not just our job and the results were a happy season, lots of new friends, good travel, lots of date nights and play dates, and a new outlook on season 12.

Life is good, God is better and we can’t wait to see you all for season 12, wherever that is!

Until next time

-Morgan