Posted by: ButterflyMoms | October 19, 2012

Sometimes Pictures Are More Powerful Than Words..

Dearest ButterflyMoms,

Today I was going to write about something else but then I downloaded these photos and I felt the need to post them. They are of Doug, my life partner’s visit here to Portugal. If you look at the faces you see represented in these photos the deep love of a family. They show how two people who grew up in massively abusive homes can heal enough to come together… and learn to TRUST the world… then give back to it. They teach about FORGIVENESS, even we repeat old worn-out patterns that attract pain and discord. They are a reminder that WE ARE ALL MADE UP FROM LOVE. It is for certain that we NEED EACH OTHER. None of us is ever truly alone, except in our heads.

EVERYONE jump on Papa!!!!!!! Ouffff!

Olivia and Papa cooking 🙂

Dropping off Isabella at her pre-school.

Look at these photos and see what you need to GET INTO YOUR ALIGNMENT, YOUR joy! None of us knows how long we have to live. Don’t know why we all forget that but it is a MASSIVE EPIDEMIC OF FORGETFULNESS. It is ridiculous how much time we waste on CRAPolla, doing what we THINK we are SUPPOSED to do! I know that is not the “divine way” of saying it, but COME ON NOW!!!!

This is the backyard of the apartment in Lisboa where my mom grew up from 1947 until she married my father in 1964. My Tio Carlos (always beautifully dressed – pictured here in his tie and sports jacket) still lives here! Doug with my cousin’s husband and my mom’s brother. They are both Carlos Alberto as luck would have it! Pretty cool how that happens in life… O Freud! 😉


Great big hugs from beautiful Portugal,

PS Enough people have responded so I will be including some cool information about Portugal in the next blog. J


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Oftentimes after we picked up Bella at school we took her to the beach to make sand-angels!!!! Who knew a practically bald man could track in soooo much sand in his head! 😉

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Soooooo much LOVE that even when Doug went running along the Atlantic Ocean, he sweats in hearts… totally true photo. The second I saw it I asked him to hold his shirt and took the photo.

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Anaheim 1
Fullerton 1
Sacramento 1
San Bruno 1

Cromwell 1
Greenwich 1
Yalesville 1

Fort Lauderdale 1

Seminole 1

Roswell 1

Louisville 1

Stops at small cafe’s happened at least once a day… AT LEAST!

Biddeford 1

Chestertown 1

Lisboa at night is breath-giving!

Ashland 3
Blackstone 2
Bolton 1
Canton 1
Framingham 1
Holliston 17
Hudson 4
Medway 8
Millis 1
Millbury 4
New Bedford 1
North Easton 1
Rutland 1
Sherborn 1
South Grafton 1
Watertown 1
Westborough 1
Wrentham 1
Worcester 3
Wrentham 1

Stunning city of Lisboa!!!!!

Lee’s Summit 1

Laconia 1

Scarsdale 1
Stony Brook 1

Dublin 1

Newport 1

Waitsville (Mad River Valley) 2


Dinner party in Lisboa put on by our friends Trev (British & Portuguese) and Eileen (from Pittsburgh) and their daughter Dorothy… in Doug’s honor. Also had two American students there and another couple. What a fabulous time! The food was out of this world!!!!! 🙂 THANKS TREV, EILEEN and DOROTHY! YOU ROCK!

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Wien 2

Dublin, Ireland 1

Rome, Italy 3

Tokyo  1

Santa Maria (Azores/Açores)  1

Greenock 1

Madrid 1
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Can’t get enough of our Papaaaaaaaaaa! While we took a walk around the corner from our house… Not bad weather for October, eh?!

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Mialotta ended running almost 5 miles with Papa along the coast WITHOUT STOPPING! This was her at the end!!!! She had never really ever run before…WOW!

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Local Food Market in Paco de Arcos, Portugal


  1. Simply delightful and so true! Loved the pictures, Clearly you can see all the love being shared!

  2. WOW!!!!!!!!! It was really amazing i hope it is like that agin when he comes back agin in december and his face is soooooooooooooo cute right mom?
    Time flys by soooooooooooooo fast i can’t belive it wow!!!!!!!!!:)

  3. Loved loved loved the pictures. Love you and miss you guys so much.

  4. Thank you AGAIN Maria for the reminder of how to live our lives! The pictures are beautiful and truly show the love and joy you all share! xo

  5. It has go to be one of my all time favorite blogs you wrote so far !! All i can wish for is to share half the love that is between you and Doug !! Some day i want someone to love that much and vise verse ! Bless you and your family for sharing with all of us the love you share !! I love you all !!

  6. goodness, so heartwarming to see you all (almost all!) reunited and having such fun and love-filled time together. These days are so precious and the memories last forever. December will come soon enough and there will be more love reunited! You are ALL so completely adorable.

  7. I have taken to reading this blog on Mondays… Brightens my whole week! Love love love starting my week with you and your beautiful family!!!

  8. Hi Maria,
    What a beautiful way of sharing your Sophia through your blog -Butterfly Mums.. I honour you Maria as a mother, a partner and a fully emerged butterfly spirit sharing the nectar of your love and wisdom with other souls. Love your commitment to ‘feeding the soul’. Bless you Pauline

  9. Truly beautiful. I just want to jump right into the pictures and join you all!!

    • I got this beautiful Claire! I just don’t know why it did not register Ireland? Maybe you did it really early/late and it counted it on a different day….hmmmm? Well you are now counted! 🙂

      Great big hugs to you!

      • Can’t remember when I did it but it was shortly after I saw your post on FB. It says 4.23am on my comment but it was most certainly not at that time as I would have been in the land of nod! Gorgeous photos!

  10. Wonderful photos, but I have a question… Is Bella giving the finger?

    • Glad you picked that up… isn’t that hysterical? She is just walking along. I don’t think she knows what giving someone the bird is! HA! Timing is everything, eh?

      Love to you!

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