Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Mamie and Papi's

Daphné never has fun with Mamie and Papi!  Here's the proof.  Ha!

New pool!

Trinkets and rocks.

Walking on stones.

Testing the waters.

Expanding diaper.

Best mouth full of teeth.  Our little sharky.

A blur of cuteness.

More blur of adorable.

Love Linz

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

A visit from Seattle

Our friend Jordan came to visit us in Nice after being with us in Austria, as well.  He came from Seattle with his parents to just hang out and be with us and with other friends.  We are thankful.

Jordan taught at church the Sunday we got back from Austria.  He brought greetings from his church back in Seattle, Calvary Wallingford.

Tonio translated.  It was cool to see this.  They've been friends for quite a long time, and it was a beautiful picture to hear them both proclaiming the truth of God's Word in different languages.

We had a little beach picnic that evening.  Here's our little rock collector.

Jordan, Tonio and Daphné.

Nothing like washing off a sweaty day with the coolness of the Mediterranean.

You better believe that my water shoes have come in handy this summer!  These rocks are no joke, folks.  Do not be deceived.  Nice is not sandy.  HAHA!

Jordan, thanks again for coming, and a special thank you to Michelle, his beautiful wife, and his three girls for letting him come.

Love Linz

Monday, 29 August 2016

Road trip home from Austria

This post documents a very long day, the trip home.  You'll notice that Tonio does not appear in any of these pictures.  He flew back to Nice with his buddy Jordan.  It was nice to have a little more room in the back seat, but we missed Papa, that's for sure.

We started with our daily breakfast in our Austrian pension.

She enjoyed the cereal and raisins.

Sleepy time.

This rest stop came after a very unhappy baby. 

Chasing lizards helped lighten the morale.

It was good to walk around... freedom from the car seat!!!  Hallelujah!

Another stop to eat lunch.

This never happens... she let me do a ponytail and left it in!  It was hot, and I think she could feel the difference on her neck.

This was one of our last stops before arriving in Nice.  We were all tired and thankful to be so close to home.

Love Linz

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Austrian tidbits

Enjoy these last photos of the end of our week in Austria!

Thanks for being patient with me in catching up.  We had such a wonderful time, then had Tonio's friend Jordan stay with us... and currently have my good friend Leah with us.  My time has been spent doing more fun things with cool people rather than sitting in front of a computer screen ;)

This is the patio where we often ate meals.  Daphné really enjoyed this ramp.

It was such a blast to see this little peanut explore her freedom and her legs!!!  She only started walking July 10, so just one month.

This was a fun little toy Daphné enjoyed being pushed around on.

And the sand box is where we could often find her.

But the thing is, she doesn't like being sandy or dirty.... haha!  So I was often dusting off her sandy hands.

It was really amazing to be here at the castle with our daughter... such a story to glorify the Lord!

Lake background selfie.

Town.  So very Austrian.

To get her to sleep for her nap, I walked into town a couple times.  Sleepy little piggies.

Snuggles and giggles with Daddy are the best!

And of course, we had to check in with the cuz, Rowyn via facetime.


Daphné was often surrounded by groups of girls like this... she loved it... they loved it... win, win!

And the obligatory lake picture.  Tonio made the bold move to come introduce himself to me at this lake 7 years ago in August 2009... a year and two months later, we were married in October 2010!  Thanks Tonio for being a real man and pursuing me!  I'm so thankful for you and for our daughter!

First time in Millstättersee!

She loved it.

Can you tell?

The last night saying good-bye to everyone.

Love Linz

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Austrian bliss

These photos are a little collection of the first couple of days in Austria.  Enjoy!

This is where we ate every morning at our incredible Pension in town.  I highly recommend Villa Margarethe if you are ever in Millstatt, Austria =).  We were treated like royalty in the presence of the princess Daphné... haha!

A beautiful walk through the woods from our Pension to the Castle.  We did this walk at least once, sometimes twice or 3 times a day.  A few times, we walked it in the dark by the light of our cell phone flashlights.  ;)

As blurry as blurry can be (you're welcome!), we are sitting in almost the exact place we were sitting together when we started liking each other.  God writes the coolest stories.  I'm so thankful He is the author of the Tonio-Lindsey love story!

Here are my notes from the first session by Brian Brodersen.

A tranquil walk along the sea.

And through the forest!

Two very special ladies, Cathy and Nancy, who were wooed by the Daphné spell.

Dusk view of the lake from the main hall in the castle.

Our Pension, Villa Margarethe.

Daphné slept well in Austria.  It could be that it was much cooler and there were much fewer mosquitoes.  Here she is doing her dream yoga.

A gathering of faithful saints, young and old, representing numerous countries and various trials and joys.

Breakfast.  This particular morning, we woke her up to come downstairs with us.  Hence the pajamas.

Walk into town with my man and my girl!


This picture is so special to me because... my sister and bro-in-law sent these little shoes to us before Daphné was born.  It's just so fun that they fit her now!!!

"Welcome to my Castle." - Princess Daphné with her Papi

Love Linz