Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Merhaba from Turkey! Slice of Life Tuesday

Yes, we made it to Turkey and I can't even describe the joy I felt as I wrapped my arms around my daughter.  It was a long 10 months...as soon as I heard her call my name, I burst into tears.  And how do I ever thank her host mom for being there for Annie when I couldn't be?

We've been here for one day and already I'm in love with Turkey.  The scenery is beautiful and even better is the hospitality we've encountered from everyone.  My husband and I just look at each other and say, "Can you believe we're in Turkey?"


Our first day in Istanbul was so fun and Annie was the perfect hostess. We wandered through the bazaars, took in a quick bus tour, and ate delicious food.  Here's just a little glimpse into our day when we stopped for ice cream served by a teenage jokester.  :)


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Thanks to Ruth and Stacey for hosting the Slice of Life.  You can view other slices at http://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/tuesday-slices-3/

16 comments:

  1. Yay, you made it Julie!
    So glad to hear about the surroundings being so beautiful and crying when you heard your daughter call your name-I don't know how you survived 10 months without seeing her...you're so brave-I can't imagine letting go someday...
    Enjoy your time and safe travels!

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  2. Your words describe your own joy and excitement and your video suggests that you folks are so giddy with happiness that others around you are ready to burst into joking and smiling along with you. Have a wonderful trip - and I HOPE we get to see more of your adventures.

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  3. I am so excited to hear from you! I am glad that you and your daughter are reunited--and yes, I cannot fathom that kind of separation, but you did it! And I can't wait to hear all about it :)

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  4. What an exciting trip! Glad you're having such a great time!

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  5. Just visited Ireland with Maria, and now on to Turkey with you, Julie. Such a happy post. I'm so glad you're having a great time, and finally reuniting with your daughter! Happy travels!

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  6. Can I just say that your slice made me cry. For one thing, my daughter is right there right now, and I was able to imagine it so much better because of that lovely video. And, two, I will be able to hug my own kiddo (as I sliced about today) next week. Can't wait!!!

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  7. YAY YAY YAY!!! I can't wait for you to catch the travel bug so we can start going EVERYWHERE all the TIME!

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  8. I'm so honored to get to "sneak" in with you. So glad you are with your daughter. Thanks for sharing with us!
    Ruth

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  9. Julie,
    This is so cool!!!! I told Cortney I want her to start a blog and record events like this while she is in Guatemala. Thanks for taking us along on the journey.

    Cathy

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  10. I have always wanted to go to Turkey! Thanks for giving me a glimpse of real Turkey!

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  11. I can imagine the joy of reuniting with your daughter. What a wonderful way to be introduced to a country! Enjoy your travels and I look forward to learning more.

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  12. Hey Julie are we also working together with Troy Hicks? Small world, right? I thought you looked familiar. So glad you are able to be in Turkey with your daughter and enjoy the experience.
    See you back in a Google Hangout soon,
    Bonnie

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  13. I totally can imagine that hug, Julie...because that is how I felt seeing my girl for a quick visit from Ecuador. I would love to hear more about your trip, when you get home. xo

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  14. Wow, Turkey... what an incredible experience! My cousin's husband is a JAG lawyer, and they've been stationed in Turkey for about a year now. I'm learning so much just from her Facebook posts! Your deep love for your daughter was so alive at the beginning of your post. Enjoy your time there! :-)

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  15. I'm so thankful for your safe travels and hope you enjoy every new moment together as a family. What an experience of a lifetime! Be safe and get that writing notebook out!

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  16. YAY! What an amazing reunion ... and an amazing mom for raising and encouraging such an adventurous, inquisitive daughter :) Enjoy!

    G

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