Christmas 2012

Καλά Χριστούγεννα! – Kalá Hristúyenna!

Merry Christmas!

Vienna 2012

Vienna 2012

2012 was a year of surprises, the biggest one being that we are STILL here!  What we thought would be a two year job relocation overseas has turned into a real settling in on the island as we go into our fourth year here.  Richard is actively searching out jobs to get us back home to family in the States but the doors haven’t opened in that direction yet.  It’s all in God’s timing, we know, and for now, there are many doors opening for us here.  Besides, it’s really not all that bad when you consider this:

Balos Bay, Crete

Balos Bay, Crete

…..and this….

Sunrise over the Akrotiri

Sunrise over the Akrotiri

…and this…

Sfakiani pita  (cheese pie with honey)

Sfakiani pita (cheese pie with honey)

….and this.

Hiking at Lissos

Hiking at Lissos

And the surprises just kept coming throughout the year – some big, some small – All unexpected God-sends.  We adopted a stray abandoned Cretan mutt, cleaned him up and named him Suess (AKA, Zeus, Chap, Julius, Scully and Papou – Greek for grandfather).



Mel’s son Brandon came for a 10 day visit that was full of surprises in itself.

Mel and Brandon

Mel and Brandon

  • Oma moved from her home in Colorado to Missouri and is settling in near her family there.
  •  Brandon and Shelby announced that we are going to be ya-ya and papou (grandma and grandpa!)
  • Our poor car is definitely become an island beater with all its bumps and bruises.  (We had our first altercation with a watermelon truck that left us with a bigger mess of a car thus earning us the nickname – the Crumples.)
  • We enjoyed a visit from Evergreen friends, Ken and Andrea, as they landed here before taking off on a bike trip around west Crete.
  • All this and much more including the surprising taste of ink pasta and our very own olive oil harvested from our small grove.

    Family photo with bags of olives

    Family photo with bags of olives

Travels included Turkey (Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus), the States for much needed family and friend connection (including two beautiful weddings), Germany, France, Cyprus and Austria.  We encourage you all to visit our blog postings if you want to really delve into what we’ve been up to!

Above all, God surprised us by showing up in the most unexpected ways.  He is our source of joy and continues to bless us with more delights and pleasures of friendships and faith.  May this Christmas season and the coming year bring you surprises of the best kind from the hand of our loving Father.

“For a child has been born – for us!  The gift of a son – for us!  He’ll take over the running of the world.  His names will be Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness.”   (Isaiah 9:6 – The Message)

With love,

Melanie and Richard


About Melanie A Crane

Quote: "The best journeys ask questions that in the beginning you never thought to ask." (Anon) Here's my journey: Enjoying my short life on this earth one moment at a time by being intentional with God, family, traveling, cooking, gardening, Colorado living and all the perks that come with it, playing guitar, listening more and talking less. I've discovered that both cooking and travel can be messy at times but the risks can have some amazing results. The same goes for life lived with passion.
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4 Responses to Christmas 2012

  1. Dana S. Hugh says:

    Inspiring blog! Thank you! Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

  2. Ibn sbeel says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    wow nice

  3. Anne Nelson says:

    I love hearing of our Eternal Daddy’s faithfulness! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Merry Christmas!
    Btw, our eldest is in Biarritz, France currently and will be traveling east a bit. It would be fun if she could see you. 🙂

  4. Jesse bright says:

    Love you all. Wish we could make it. Frequent flier miles aren’t always the most convenient to all locations.

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