Friday, July 30, 2010

One Week From Today - TAFRU Portland

After much planning and anticipation, TAFRU Portland is almost here.

We have 12 families registered to attend and while most are from Oregon, there are 4 families traveling from out-of-state. That's very exciting!!! Of course the most exciting part for me is seeing all our beautiful children together.

For those who are going to be at TAFRU Portland, we'll see you in one week.

For those who were not able to attend, we hope to see you next year at TAFRU Chicago.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

TAFRU Portland

While I'm very, very excited about our first ever TAFRU, we haven't had the response that we anticipated based on the polls and various responses received over the last year. I'm sure this has to do with the economy, the fact that the Oregon and Washington Toukoul families are already connected at various times throughout the year, and distance for those living further east and south of Oregon. Our family is traveling from Illinois and I must admit that there is some disappointment that our family won't be meeting more Toukoul families this year in Portland, but I'm excited beyond words that we are going to meet those attending this year.

Even with the lower than expected registrations, I have already begun some planning for TAFRU again next year. However, it will not be held in Portland, but instead we will be moving to the Chicago area. My hope is that moving closer to the Central and Eastern part of the U.S. will allow Toukoul families from those areas an opportunity to attend.

If there are still families that would like to attend TAFRU Portland this year, it's not too late to register. We just need to have all registrations by July 24th.

And for those families who could not travel for TAFRU Portland, I hope we meet next year at TAFRU Chicago.