Daughters of Lithuania – Grand Marshal of 27th Lithuanian Days Fair

What an honor!
The Daughters of Lithuania were chosen to be Grand Marshal of this years’ 27th Annual Lithuanian Days Fair.

We are profoundly grateful to be recognized for the work the organization does and it was wildly fun to be celebrities for a day. We had 2 booths at the fair … the “Bake a Difference” booth where we sold homemade baked goods and also sold a wide variety of handmade Lithuanian crafts at a second booth. It was a very successful event and we raised lots money for those in need in Lithuania.



This is Stasiukas.
He is 3 and this was his first trip to a zoo.
In fact the director said that most of these kids had never even set foot into a restaurant, so the outing to the zoo in Kaunas filled these kids with amazement. To us, this was a fun outing with the little ones, but to them, this day will be something they will probably remember the rest of their lives.
Actually, this trip to the zoo is something that I will remember the rest of my life.

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Kryziu Kalnas

One of the most incredible places on Earth!
I have wanted to visit Kryziu Kalnas for years. No matter how many photos I have seen, I was not prepared for what it is actually like to visit. I have never seen anything like this in my life. Amazing!
Some of the posted information said that there were over 100,000 crosses on the hill, but I’m sure that information was many years old. There had to be Millions of Crosses. MILLIONS!
My first visit was about 2 hours in the morning, but that was not enough time, so I returned in the late afternoon by myself. This time I spent almost 4 hours. As it got later, I was the only person out there which is something I will never forget.
I took almost 1,000 photos and could have kept going, but it got dark!
Here are just a few of them. I will post some more later on.

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Hill of Crosses at Sunset
Hill of Crosses at Sunset


No one seemed to know exactly what kind of animal this was.
To the kids, it was a Dramblys.
And that was all that mattered!
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Outing to the Kaunas Zoo with the Younger Paparciai Kids

Last month we took the 7 youngest kids to the zoo in Kaunas.
What a Day!
After taking 19 of the older kids for a day of bowling, games, and pizza the day before, we thought that 7 toddlers at the zoo was going to be easy.
We were wrong! As soon as we were in the gates, they were running everywhere. It was like herding cats, but so much fun.