Friday, August 20, 2010

Wow!  I can't believe that I'm finally able to create a new post on this blog!  For the last month or more, there was a technical problem that would not allow me to create a new post here.

Because of that, and because of the great reviews that I've heard about I have officially moved my blog there.

When I did that, I edited my last post (since I couldn't get in to create a new one). And sadly, I just discovered that the edited post did not go out in the RSS feed for those that have subscribed to my blog.  So, you may not have known that I was still blogging, but had moved to another location.

I must admit that the last few months have been crazy busy, so I haven't been as prolific as I was before, but I'm getting back on track again.

I hope that those of you who subscribed before, will come over and subscribe to my new blog site at  I've missed your visits and love your input!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Hello again,

Have you given up on me?  I hope not! 

Sadly, since I continue to be unable to create new posts for this blog and cannot seem to get any help in fixing the issue, as of today, I'm moving.  I have been considering a move for some time, so this has prompted it a little sooner than I expected.  As a result, I've decided to transfer all of the content from this site over to a WordPress blog site and keep going from there.

My new blog URL is:

My blog name will continue to be:  Down the Road and Back Again...for now.  I have plans to change it, but just haven't come up with the perfect name.  Let me know if you have brilliant ideas.  I could use them.

If you like to visit me here, please consider subscribing to receive my new blog post from there or plan to visit often.  If you don't want to subscribe, please bookmark the site as soon as you get there since I expect that at some point, I'll be closing this blog down.

For now, I'm considering the new blog "under construction".  If all goes well, I hope to have the it ship-shape for my 4 year blogging anniversary on August 9th.

Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope that you think things are even more fun and creative on the new site.  I especially hope to be able to categorize the posts so you can find what you're interested in, more easily.  As always there will be tons of pics, tips, and little glimpses of my world.

Any suggestions for changes or improvements now that things are being revamped?  What would you like to see more or less of?

See you on the other side!


Monday, June 21, 2010

I promise that I will soon have more time to post to my blog.

This is in downtown Sarajevo, a bustling city with lots to see and do.

If you haven't had a chance to see some of my (favorite) pictures culled from the several thousand from Bosnia, they are now up on Facebook.  You can see them here without signing up for FB.  If you looked at the first batch a week or so ago, be sure to skip ahead a few pages in the album if you don't want to see the old ones.

They don't include lots of the sponsored kids' pictures (which we'll show on the 26th) or the couple of days we spent in Croatia and Amsterdam.  I'll post those in separate albums later.

They also don't include photos of Dan and Julie and kids (our missionary family) in Bosnia.  For security reasons they have asked that I not post photos online with their last name, so just to be safe, I'm posting their photos on a private page.  If you would like to get a link to those photos, add a comment below or send me an email to hannfamily[at]
This gives an indication of how much the Bosnian audiences loved Bob and Terry's music that was so different from their own.  These ladies were literally dancing in the aisles by the end of the concert.

This window is at the Breza church.  To me it symbolizes God's desire to be a breath of hope in our sometimes gray world.

This week I'm working on putting together a PowerPoint for our team's presentation, which will be on Saturday night at Open Door Fellowship church if you want to come and enjoy some great original music (written by our teammate Bob Ryan) as well as stories and other photos from our trip.

At some point I will be back to regular posting...I promise.  Thanks for your patience.  Is there something you're missing in my posts?  I hope so.  What is it?

Friday, June 11, 2010

For all you international travelers out there - here's a tip about your passport

It was so much fun to have our passports stamped on our recent trip and aside from a few comments that Terry got about the lack of a beard on his passport photo, everything went smoothly and the folks were quite friendly overall.

But here's a word of caution if you're planning an international trip in the future.

Apparently the "real" expiration date on your passport is actually six months before the date shown on the page.  From what I've been reading here a good number of countries will not allow you in if you have less than 6 months left on your passport.  I can't find a specific reason why, but suffice it to say that you would probably not be a happy camper if your round trip flight got you only as far as the airport (at your destination) and back.

That means we need to get to work on getting ours renewed since it expires in 2011. 

Have you ever run into any issues when your passport was reviewed?  I hope not.

Have fun traveling! 

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Sorry that I haven't had time to post more about our trip to Bosnia.  We're home and getting re-acclimated to our sleeping schedules and "real" lives.

These are a few shots from our first stop in Podstrana to catch our breath from the long flight.  It's on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia along the Adriatic Sea.

In the meantime, here's a link with some more photos (but still not the whole trip).  They're on my Facebook page, but you don't have to sign up to see them here.

This last photo is from a little town called Omis.  I loved the architecture there!

We did a lot of walking on our trip, which was wonderful.  The weather was great everywhere we went!

Hope to be back on top of posting here soon.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Quick Overview of our Bosnia Trip so far...

I don't have time to caption all of my photos right now, but if you're interested in seeing an overview, check out this slideshow below from my Picasa page.

Our trip has gone smoothly as far as logistics.  Bob's head cold has been the biggest hurdle for their performances.  Most people can't tell that he's having issues, but for those of us who know what the songs should sound like, we can tell that he's struggling at times.

Please be praying for him especially the next few days.  We leave today for Sarajevo and the guys will be performing either at churches or another venue on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  He will need a strong voice to make it through those times.

Terry's harmonica and mandolin have been a big hit with everyone.

Funny note! Not that I want to perpetuate this stereotype, but I think it's hilarious that several Bosnians have also recognized the similarity between Bob and Terry and Statler and Waldorf from the Muppets
This seems to reveal itself most often in their dry sense of humor when they're performing.  The Bosnians weren't going to tell us, but it kind of slipped out at lunch the other day.  Apparently they were laughing about it when the guys were performing at the Coffee Bar the other night. I love it!

Sorry I don't have time to share more, but we're heading out to Sarajevo in a few minutes.  Hopefully I'll have time to fill in some of the blanks when we're there.

Thanks for all your prayers1

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Suns/Lakers series starts on Monday.

Check out this Video of Suns vs. Lakers Rivalry