Sunday, February 22, 2009


Hello folks,
long time with no writing once again but life is (luckily ) busy and full.
Many things happened. Last wednestady my dear brother in low and beloved uncle of the foursome, Massimiliano Putrino, had his first concert. Of course we went all there and had so much fun. He is such a talented songwriter and singer and guitar player, kids were delighted, they love their uncle's music to pieces and spend hours listening and singing along his cd 'La vita è qui ' so listening and watching him live has been such a big big thing for them ( of course this was their first concert ! ) and i must add a great life lesson, to see how you can follow your dream and be true to yourself. Thank you uncle Max ! ( )
Then PapaF business is finally officially started and thank God work seems flowing his way, we're waiting 6 or 7 juke-box for next week and countless tube amp, i'm very proud of him, this week before the arrival of all this he'll have to build a wooden shelter outside to secure everything, he can be reached at his website and you can see there how he works.
Another big thing is that we have forwarded the official request to homeschool our kids. In Italy is a much unheard practice even if some thoused families already homeschool their kids being anyways legal. It's so unheard of that most of school principals and teacher thinks it's illegal so i'm quite nervous of what might happen, but i'm so so convinced this is the best choice for my kids and for the values i wante to pass them.
Tuesday in Italy is the last day of carnival, so today we'll a party for the kids at the karaoke place, and tomorrow is Milla's 5th birthday, so a week of celebrations.
I'll upload couple of pics here, but i promise i'll try to find sometime more to properly update and show you the concert and what we're doing and how we're doing.

Seba 'Winnie Pooh' with Gaia. Gaia was ready to go to a birthday party. I sewed all the dresses and i'm especially happy of the outcome. The kids loved them !
And Leo is a little UmpaLumpa ! Isn't he lovely ?

Have a blessed and resting sunday everybody !

Friday, February 13, 2009

Trip to Tuscany

Last weekend we went once again in Tuscany. We always go in the same little medieval village up on the mountain Amiata, Abbadia S. Salvatore, a place we really love.
On the village there was no snow at all, but we just had to drive few km up to the mountain road to find plenty of white stuff to play with. We've even been blessed with additional snow during on our stay. Unfortunately we only spent there couple of days, but still better being happy for 2 days over then unhappy because we couldn't stay more ...
Finally in the snow ! After moving back from Finland more then one year ago we've been dreaming about snow. The kids have been so so happy !

Sliding in the snow, making angels and snowmen, fun fun fun !

Here a pic of the beautiful place we where !

And then ! Surprise ! During the night in the village we had some light rain, but going up on the mountain the rain was snow !! So the next day, in the very same place everything looked like this ( just for you to know, the village is around 800 metre on sea level, this place is approximatively half way from the top at 1300 m and the top is around 1900 metres on sea level, but we didn't tried for the top, too much snow on the street )

Driving back, this is a sight of the road, or better of the treas topping the road, is so beautiful !

And here a pic we took of the countyside and hills just driving out of the small village on our way back home. As you see no snow at all, it's amazing, it was just 10 minutes drive from the snowy place of the previous pic. The tower you can see in the pic is of another mediaval village, Radicofani, it's a beautiful place and it makes for a wonderful sight from far away as we were.

Long time

It's been quite a while since the last time i posted something on here. Actually in the last couple of weeks my time for the net has been non-existant. Life is busy and other then busy can be quite complicated. We're at a crossroad, with the house on sell and still no idea of what we'll do. I trust God it will be probably the better thing for us whatever we'll end up doing and whenever we'll end up going, but still sometime i fail to be patience and wait in acceptance. It would be much easier to have all the answers in my pocket isn't it ?
Anyways, updates filled with pics in the next posts ( or this one would become neverending :) )
I wish everybody might drop by and read this a wonderful weekend and a blessed new week.

p.s. Mr President Oldfashioned i'm sorry i've been so out of touch, i'll e-mail you as soon as i can find some more time !

Monday, February 2, 2009

Being Special

Sometime i find myself struggling with a strange feeling. I'm happy of my life. I'm happy of what i do. I'm happy for the direction i started walking some years ago. But still from time to time rise in me modern and up-to-day kind of sensation : I want to be special. The kind of special that everybody can notice and gives you attention and pride. These days i felt a bit that way, you know nobody ever notice or even know how much i'm good feeling.
Then this morning just by chance i picked one of my inspirational books, you know those that you keep at the side of your bed, mine are quite eclectic, from Bible to Narnia to Everyday is sacred of Sue Bender ( hopefully my memory is serving me right ). Well as i open it, i read a quote ' We don't do great things, we do small things with great love ' Mother Therese used to say so. I immediately felt humbled from what i read. Every small thing done with great love is such an important thing. Giving love is the important part of the matter, not being noticed, not being special .... Yet i realize i can't make my whole upbringing disappear in few short years, my ego's been filled with the notion that you must do great things, things everybody can admire , things unusual and artistic, but not the simple art of everyday living with love. But i'm learning. Studying and learning. Learning from what i read, from what i see. God's creation can be the most simple yet amazingly complicated pieces of loving art ever ... ( hopefully this makes some sense ... )

This is the close up of a beautiful Sunflower we planted last summer

This is a close up of beehive we found in our yard during the summer. You can see the small bees growing inside every cell.