Not getting my visa only allowed me to explore the beautiful city of Frankfurt more (gotta look for the positives, right?!) What a beautiful city it is too! I'd been to other parts of Germany before but never Frankfurt- and it was better than I anticipated! Though I don't really love traveling by myself, I do enjoy a day alone to explore and just be alone with God and my thoughts and prayers...and my camera! I was finishing up my online photography course, so my camera and I had a delightful time exploring the sites and sounds of Frankfurt.
After some exploring, my friends Kristina and Chris picked me and took me away for a wonderful weekend with their family in the German country-side. They adopted 2 kiddos from Ukraine about 3 years ago and I had the joy of getting to be a part of their process while they were in country. We've been 'forever' friends since and it was awesome to reconnect. Little Natalia loved her 'ukrainian' headdress that I brought her, and wanted to wear it the entire weekend. Our weekend included a picnic at a castle, making home-made indian food, bowling, pedicures and a family-photo-session!
It's always nice getting a break in a new city- and with good friends it is a bonus!
Our conference for adoptive families is THIS week, so back to preparations for that! More on that later...