My daughter's in-laws had also arrived from Marseille the previous night to spend a few days visiting Lisbon, and to be present at our daughter's 30th birthday party on the 7th March.
Her birthday was actually on the 8th, but since it fell on a Sunday, and we had a few friends coming from afar we thought it would be better to celebrate with a lunch on Saturday 7th.
Sadly not many of her friends could join us as they are now scattered all over the world!
Karina was born in Germany, and has since lived in South Africa, Portugal, France and now lives and works in Amsterdam, which she loves!
It's a pity we live on the other side of the world, so far from her, but thanks to modern technology we "see" each other on weekends.
|At 16 months on a trip to Holland (beach at North Sea), who would guess she would now live in Holland?|
She has been a model daughter, and we are so proud of her!
She's always been very determined since she was a small child, a good student, intelligent, ambitious, independent, kind, compassionate, a good friend to her friends, a good listener and adviser (she wanted to study Psychiatry at one stage... I'm glad she didn't) and she's managed to choose the right career path for her.
She has a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering and has progressed in her career as she's also a good worker.
|Always a happy smile on her face|
|She started travelling at a young age - by plane or by car|
|Brother Michael visited her when she lived in Paris|
One of our niece's who now lives in San Francisco, was kind enough to edit a video of Karina's life with the photos I had sent her, as well as birthday messages from friends and family who weren't present. That was shown during lunch, and a good laugh was had by all of photos with hair styles from the 80's...
We had a great day celebrating this special event with our daughter, family and friends.
Happy Birthday Karina, and may you always have a smile on your face.
|My husband, Karina, myself and Karina's French partner|
|Blowing the candles|
|Birthday cake made to order|
Saturday 7 March 2015