mom-mode post #170- on reflections of the past year

December 31, 2011 § 2 Comments

As cliché as this may sound, boy did this year fly by. Is it because I’m getting older? Is time really ticking faster or is just me? Whatever happened to those years when the time between Christmases seemed like an eternity? Regardless how fast this year went by, it is time again for a little reflection. Like last year, I’m using Simple Mom’s reflection questions, answering the ones that are pertinent to me. Hope you enjoy them, as much as I enjoy answering them.

Sunset photo taken by the husband


What was the single best thing that happened this past year?

Many great things happened this year. But I have to say it is a toss up between our trip to Brazil and our trip to Rome. My favorite memories this year happened during these trips.

What was the single most challenging thing that happened?

Oliver became a toddler! Both a  joy and challenge. I’m loving every minute of it.

What was an unexpected joy this past year?

Moving to Bursa had its difficult moments, it was an unexpected move, one I didn’t have much faith in. But I’m glad we did it. Plus, we found a wonderful babysitter for O, giving me a much needed break.

Of course family visits! Gram, gramps, auntie Rhonda, vovo and vovo all came to see us!!! Yay for family willing to travel long distances to encourage us.

What was an unexpected obstacle this past year?

Leaving my friends from Eski was certainly something I didn’t expect to do so soon. That was and still is hard to overcome.

Pick three words to describe 2011.

Move. Persevere. Strive.

What were the best books you read this year?

Oh my. The Hunger Games trilogy certainly tops this list. The Help and A Praying Life. If in 2012 I get to read just one book as good as these, I’ll be  a happy girl.

With whom were your most valuable relationships?

It always be the husband. This year we celebrated ten years of being together. These have been the best ten years of my life.

What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year?

After being gone from home for six years, I lost a lot of my roots in attempts to curb the many cultural differences I’ve had to face. Coming back to what is essential in life has been the biggest personal growth of 2012.

In what way(s) did you grow emotionally?

I am definitely ending this year on a better note emotionally. I am stronger now than I was twelve months ago.

In what way(s) did you grow spiritually?

The Lord is teaching me to pray just like a child comes to her father with all kinds of requests.

In what way(s) did you grow physically?

I started doing Pilates recently. My core muscles can certainly do more now than they did after carrying O for nine months.

What was the most enjoyable part of your work (both professionally and at home)?

Spending time with my O is the best part of all. Discovering the world of boys (trains, cars and much physical effort), coloring, making tents, becoming a kid again, hearing that sweet little laugh, hearing new words everyday. Ah, being a mom is the best job in the world.

What was the most challenging part of your work (both professionally and at home)?

The challenge of being a little boy’s mom is having the energy to keep up when most mornings he gets you out of bed before seven o’clock.

What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?

The Internets. Pinterest to be exact.

What was the best way you used your time this past year?

I made sure I saved time for my hobby. It was so good for my soul.

What was biggest thing you learned this past year?

In the wise words of the writer of Ecclesiastes: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” That’s what I’m learning.

Create a phrase or statement that describes 2011 for you.

Just hang on and keep moving.


Happy New Year sweet friends!   


Christmas Eve


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mom-mode post #169- on going up the mountain

December 31, 2011 § 2 Comments

Happy grandparents

The other day we got to go up Uludag mountain here in Bursa. It is a famous ski spot here. When it snows, it is like a Winter Wonderland. Here are few snapshots of our time up the mountain (all pictures courtesy of the husband):

The cable cars you take to go up the mountain. Breathtaking views.This was their first time seeing snow.

It was kind of O's first time in the snow too. Last year he was too little to enjoy it!

He had a blast.

And he looked rather comical in his new snow suit. He was diggin' it though.

Our little family in the snow!

Last stop before going home: a hot beverage for the adults, a cookie for the little bug.




mom-mode post # 168 – on introducing Bursa

December 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

In the lack of pictures of our new apartment, I leave you with glimpses of our new city of residence, Bursa. Images captured by the ever so talented lenses of the husband.

View from our fifth floor apartment


  1. What is not to love about this pink sunset right out our window?


Up the mountain, Uludag

mom-mode post# 167 – on what I’m into this month

December 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Well, I sorta got runover by the month of November, next thing I knew we are alrready two weeks in the month of December. So let’s make this a double feature! Friends, I present you what I’m into this month — November and December edition.

on my nightstand – I have been reading A Praying Life by Paul Miller. People, do yourselves a favor, buy this book tonight and go ready it. I hesitate to classify a book as life-changing because to me only the Bible truly has that power. But trust me, it is very close to life-changing.

in my bible – Going through Philippians this month. Now this is life-changing stuff!

on my tv – Did you catch the Sing-off? You case you didn’t notice I like to watch talent competitions… It’s addicting. If you missed the Sing-off and you like acapella music, do yourself a favor and watch it on!

in my ears – Duh. Christmas music baby! I’m in love with Haley Reinhart and Casey Abram’s version of Baby it’s cold outside.

in my closet- Check out my style board on Pinterest, that’s what I’m into right now. Plus, I hope to soon (fingers crossed) get my hands on this baby and these babies! May the postal services of Turkey be ever in my favor.

on my iPad – nothing really for me, but if you have a toddler that loves to get his chubby sticky fingers all over your touchscreen, try this Elmo loves abc’s app. O’s love for all things Elmo make this app a must-have, plus its educational value is certainly a bonus.

mom-mode post#166 – on being okay with being shy

December 11, 2011 § 2 Comments

Hi, I’m Priscila and I’m an introvert.

This morning as I was reading through my Google Reader feeds, I came across this post about an extrovert mom coming face to face with her daughter’s shyness. Her words struck a chord with me as I’m the introvert daughter of two extroverts and the sister of an extroverted older sister. My parents are the type that have many friends, are the life of the party, the type that can talk to anyone.

Growing up I envied (and still do) my sister’s uncanny ability to make friends. At birthday parties she would work the room and in minutes already have a game started or a new friend. With her by my side, my introverted self never had to face the world alone. But my parents were well aware of the fact that I wasn’t always going to have my sister to ‘triage’ birthday parties for me. I guess deep down they wanted my exuberant at-home persona to match my overly shy outside-of-the-house self.

So mama went to work, looking for ways to equip me to face the world on my own. I took piano lessons (including having to be alone on stage for end-year recitals), sports, foreign languages and the last piece of the puzzle, drama lessons. When I was in 7th grade, my drama teacher gave me the confidence I needed to face a crowded room.. Because in the end that was all it was missing, enough self-confidence to walk in a room and not want to hide behind my mama’s legs. And even when shyness took the best of that confidence, I learned enough skills to act my way through any crowded situation.

All the while though I never felt like my parents thought less of me for being shy. Sometimes my mom would just let me sit by her and not say anything. Sometimes I know it was hard for her and she would push me a little too hard. But I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities my parents gave me to be comfortable in my skin. They let me go see the world, earn experiences that would one day help me get every job I’ve ever interviewed for. Enough confidence to stand in front of a room full of 10-year-olds and not run away in tears.

Enough confidence to be an introvert in a world full of extroverts and be perfectly okay with that. I’m the girl who after spending all day with people, still needs a day off on her own to just rest. And I’m okay with that.  I’m not afraid of awkward silences, in fact sometimes I even welcome them.

This introvert that learned how to turn on the “extrovert button” now has a son that shows every inclination to introversion. Thankfully,  I have my parents to look to for wisdom on how to teach him to navigate this gregarious world while still letting him know that I love him just the way he is. I mean, look at those brown eyes, what’s not to love?

And if you’re an extrovert that knows an introvert, just for kicks, take a look at this article:

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