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Glad Tidings of Great Joy: The Adventure Begins

Good morning, dear ones. It’s with great joy that I tell you I have my plane ticket and I’m moving to Amsterdam next month!!

I will be visiting my brother and future sis-in-law for the summer helping get ready for their wedding in Italy and getting restored in body and spirit before moving to Australia this fall.

I am so excited to see them and hug them tight and get cozy on the couch for good long talks.

While in Amsterdam I will continue my freelance writing assignments as well as work on a series of cookbooks to share with you dear folks. It will be so nice to have my bro and sis as guinea pigs for my experiments in the kitchen.

I will also do as much exploring as possible. I can’t wait to take you with me (vicariously at least!) along the canals and streets of Amsterdam and the Netherlands. If all goes well, I also hope to spend time with dear friends in Germany, and I will share those adventures with you too.

Mostly I’m looking forward to being safe with people I love, spoiling them with good meals when they get home from work, and building memories together in this wonderful city.

In the meantime, there is much to be done: paperwork, selling most of my belongings and shipping the few things I need to start my new life in Australia.

I had to laugh today because, wouldn’t you know it, the day I get my ticket and have a mile-long to-do list I fall and sprain my ankle!!! Yeesh. I have impeccable timing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you so much for loving me and cheering me on through this very difficult year. You’ve shared my heartaches and pain and I’m SO glad we now get to celebrate good things.

Love you dearly. xo

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Anonymous - I am beyond thrilled for you!!ย  I have some questions about moving to Europe. Do you mind if I email you?

Food Lover Kathy - What an amazing adventure!ย  I’ll be looking out for the posts and beautiful photos.ย 

Nicole - Wow, Krista! I’m so excited for you! And can’t wait for all your upcoming posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - I don’t mind at all, Cailin! Fire away and I’ll help any way I can. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - I’m so excited about it, Kathy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for being excited with me!!

Krista - Thank you, Nicole! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad you’re happy with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Marie - Yahooooooo!!! ย Let the games begin!!! ย What an amazing adventure it shall be!

Nissa Coltran - Woo Hoo…Congratulations…how exciting!!! Can’t wait for the adventure to begin for you!!!

Valerie - How exciting, Krista!
Your brother and sister are very lucky taste testers. ๐Ÿ˜€

I love that cafรฉย table and chair in your photo! It makes me miss Europe…I remember those tablesย as alwaysย being charmingly wobbly, I’d always end up splashing my espresso all over it’s saucer.

Andrea and John - So jealous! We LOVE Amsterdam =) Where are you going to live in Australia? Perhaps we will finally meet when we head back through there in January

Stevie - How wonderful! ย Already it sounds like you’re enjoying yourself, despite the ankle injury. ย Amsterdam is such an enchanting place. ย You’re quite fortunate to have caring family there for your summertime adventure. ย 

Lola Locke - How very exciting!ย  I am amazed at the adventures you undertake.ย  So glad you will be spending healing time in Amsterdam and then on to Australia!ย  Can’t wait to read about your continued adventures.ย  You have a wonderful gift for writing and I hope some day to be able to fix some of the wonderful recipes you post.ย  Take care and go with God.

Krista - Yahoo indeed, dear Marie!! Thank you so much for helping me make this adventure happen. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - You’re the best, Nissa! Thank you so much. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - You’re so right about the wobbly tables, Valerie! ๐Ÿ™‚ You made me smile with that memory today. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - I would LOVE to meet up with you, Andrea!!! I’m planning to be in Oz in September or October. Hopefully our travels will criss-cross one day very soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - I feel very fortunate indeed, Stevie. ๐Ÿ™‚ My bro and future sis-in-law are such great people. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - Thank you so very much, dear Lola. Your words meant a great deal to me today. Biggest of hugs to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Zorymar - So excited for you Krista, this will be a well-deserved and wonderful new beginning, what a great adventure! Looking forward to reading your stories ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Andi Perullo - Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ย  This is such extraordinary news!ย  Super congrats!!!ย  I’m ridiculously over the moon happy and excited for you.ย  You deserve this babe.

Melody Goff - So happy for you, Krista. I know God has good things in store for you. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

[email protected] - ย What FAB news!!! You will love Amsterdam (well I certainly did). How exciting about going onto Oz afterwards. Remind me, why did you choose to move to Australia? Can’t wait to read about your explorations and your cooking adventures
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Krista - Thank you, dear Zory. I’m so excited, peaceful, and very, very happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - Thank you for your kind words, Melody. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m really looking forward to this next adventure. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - Thank you, darling!!! I’m so happy and in a bit of a daze. Can’t believe it’s really happening! ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - I DO love Amsterdam, Vanessa. ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially with such great family and friends to spend time with. ๐Ÿ™‚ I chose Australia for several reasons, but especially because I am healthy there, it’s sunny and warm, and I have dear people there who are just like family to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dawn - It sounds like a wonderful adventure.ย  Enjoy your time of family this summer. ย 

mlleparadis - OMG huge happenings here! ย how wonderful for you. ย many best wishes for an excellent adventure. ย so cool that you can take us all with you via cyberspace. ย and do be careful! ย no more sprained ankles! ย as they say in france: doucement, doucement. ย you’ll get there in good time!

Krista - I sure will, Dawn. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - I will do my darnedest not to sprain anything else, dear Paradis! ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be careful, I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚

bellini - Sad for us that you are moving away across the pond, and then again to Australia. Your adventures for the next little while sound amazing Krista. All the best to you in your new home. It all sounds so exciting!

thefisherlady - I feel your joy and anticipation <3 Blessings each day dear one

El - I finally had time to sit down and browse through some of your recent posts. I’m so sorry for all you’ve had to endure. I was about to say “move” and low and behold here’s your new post. Congratulations. May this be a fresh start for you. Looking forward to hearing more about our cookbooks too.

Krista - I will miss you too, Val, and our annual Seattle meet-up. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad we have our blogs to keep up with each other. Thank you so much for your support. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - Thank you, dear Susan. ๐Ÿ™‚ My heart is fairly bursting!

Krista - That makes me smile, El. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I know in my heart this is the best thing for me, it’s lovely to have affirmation as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Becky - HUGE congratulations, Krista!! All our best wishes and prayers for a blessed month of preparation and for a splendid summer and fall! I’m sooo happy for you with this BIG new chapter in your life! It will be neat to follow you through your blog and know how you’re doing so far away. Love and prayers are sent your way!ย - What adventures you have to look forward to Krista. Do you have a date for your Aussie move yet? We are planning a road trip at end of September which will take us thru Warwick early October.

Krista - Thank you so much, dear Becky. ๐Ÿ™‚ Much love to you as well, and biggest of hugs. Just wish we were close enough to meet for coffee and good, long talks. I miss you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - I don’t have an exact date yet, dear Barbara. It will either be mid-September or early October. I will keep you posted because I would LOVE to meet you in Warwick! ๐Ÿ™‚ If that doesn’t work out, I will come to Brisbane to see you soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Juci - And I ย am soooo excited to finally meet you in Amsterdam!!! Great times are coming:)

Krista - I’m SO excited to meet you too, Juci! At long last. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now we just have to get Zita to join us and we’ll be a merry party indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚

Barbara - Very exciting, Krista! Can’t wait to hear all about your experiences!

Rebekah R. - Oh its like that feeling when you were a child–when the last school day of the season was over and you had the whole blessed forever-long Summer ahead.ย  I am so pleased I’m teary for you.ย  Love, Bekaย 

Kitchen Butterfly - Fantastic!!!! Please, please, please, lets meet up…….as I’m moving back to Nigeria for good at the end of July and would so love to give you a big squishy hug. Sorry about your ankle. Love and lots of it. Enjoy the rest of the weekend

Anna Johnston - What’s not to celebrate with this fantastic news, I love your posts when your travelling, so I’m excited & of course anyone who choses to move to the land down under is obviously a very smart gal – looking forward to all your travel posts & the excitement as you pack up & hit the road girl – take care of that ankle, its just the Universe’s way of saying ‘how much do you want all this change?’ – its the Universe’s weird humour, just laugh it off ๐Ÿ™‚

Corinne @ Gourmantic - Wonderful news!! Looking forward to being with you on this journey ๐Ÿ™‚

Jade - Sorry to hear about your ankle!- ekk! So exciting about purchasing the ticket and all that lies ahead- rest up the ankle, you are going to need it!

Duchess - Howย incrediblyย exciting! Gah! I want to meet up with you there! Wouldn’t that just be divine!

Lauryl Lane - Don’t know how I missed this- but congrats! Adventures await!!!

Mary - That is wonderful news! Well, not about your ankle, but the other news! I can’t wait to see all your wonderful photos and read your lyrical prose. Whereabouts in Australia will you be settling?

Krista - Thank you, Barbara! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll keep you posted for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - Hugs to you, dearest Beka. Thank you for that. ๐Ÿ™‚ XO

Krista - We ABSOLUTELY will meet up, dear Ozoz!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I arrive the 16th, so after a couple days to get used to jetlag, I’m free to meet you any time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hooray!! I’m so very, very excited to see you and hug you right back! ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - Oh Duchess, I would LOVE too meet up with you any time any where!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - Thank you, Jade. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a bit better today – not looking quite so black. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - Thank you, Corinne! And hopefully soon I’ll be meeting you face to face! ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - Anna, you’re the best. ๐Ÿ™‚ I needed to hear that so much and am feeling MUCH better and stronger today. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - Thank you, dear Lauryl! I’m nervous and excited and so very happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Krista - Thank you, Mary! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be moving to Queensland, about 2 hours from Brisbane. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lana - Oh wow, I am so excited for you! Can I admit, I’m jealous at the same time too! Would love to be packing my bags and setting off on an adventure! I can’t wait to hear about yours though, think it’s going to be just what you need! How long will you be in Amsterdam for?xx

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