Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Family Photos in Gamle Stavanger

I knew before we left Norway that I wanted to do family photos in Gamle Stavanger (Old Stavanger). It's a picturesque area downtown with old white houses and a perfect backdrop for family photos to reminisce about this dear country that will always hold a special place in my heart. Now as we prepare to leave Norway tomorrow (exactly three and a half years to the day) I wanted to share those photos.

Norway was our first expatriate assignment and we didn't know what to expect when we moved here. We were pregnant with our first daughter and excited about all that lay ahead of us - new jobs, the opportunity to travel around Europe, experience a different culture, etc. Never did we imagine that when we left we would have two more daughters (ha!), would have visited over 20 countries, and would be moving to Azerbaijan instead of back to the US. It's been quite the adventure!

We have truly been beyond blessed during our time here. We have met so many incredible people and been loved on by so many. This stage of life (with three littles under three) feels like a take and take rather than a take and give and that's hard for me. I know things will calm down soon and we will have an opportunity to pay it forward because my heart yearns to repay the kindness and love we've received by so many here.

Norway will always have a special place in our hearts and we hope to return here one day with our daughters and take them on the same beautiful hikes we did and hopefully meet up with old friends. Until then we will have so many wonderful memories of the adventures and great times we had during our three and a half years here! :-)

And my personal favorite. :-D

A special thanks to Lineik Photography for capturing these amazing images with her patience and talent!

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