S: Ryan's & Lulu's Adventures
BC: This book is Dedicated to Ryan Stacey Williams on the occasion of his 42nd Birthday! To be continued...
FC: Tanzania. Before we met. | This book is a small glimpse into the adventures of Ryan and Lucianna. Proceed with caution... Ryan and Lulu met in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania while Ryan was on his 1st post as a Marine Security Guard at the U.S. Embassy. They actually met at "Much more", where Lulu "hit" on him. Not!
1: Ryan in Tanzania Before Ryan met Lulu, he tried to fill his life with other types of colorful adventures. They were nice. After having gone through some "traumatic" experiences in Dar, he tried to enjoy the rest of his stay in Africa. Tried out Safari, Scuba Diving trips, Island hopping with his fellow marines, partying and the whole 9 yards. But one day, he met Lulu.. This is when the thrill began ...
2: At 4-20's... Before we were dating. (Jan/Feb 2002) | Bilbo... the dog Lulu had before they met. | Remember this? | We would meet each other at various places like Much-More, 4-20's etc. Ryan was supposed to help Lulu win some dude's heart back. Lulu was Ryan's Dr. Love.
3: Although, Lulu had told Ryan she wouldn't date him, she ended up falling in love with him and they dated for 2 months before he had to leave for his next post... Shanghai. They were very sad to leave each other.
4: So, as Ryan went on to his next post, Lulu continued working for Wines of the World and sent many "cute" and attractive photos of herself to keep Ryan's interest. They spoke to each other a few times, but communicated mostly by MSN chat and emails.
5: But, of course... Lulu followed her heart and her man. They were soon reunited in Shanghai, China! The Eastern Adventure began.
6: Before Lulu got to Shanghai, Ryan met this wonderful couple: Jeremy & Cate. They welcomed Lulu into their home before she got her own apartment. They are our life long friends.
8: The U.S. Consulate
9: "Bo" - the Marine Driver "Where to?" | Lakesha with Dafong - Ryan's cook/househelp
10: Computer town? | Shanghai
12: My apartment on Yanping Lu
13: Ryan on duty.
14: Right before we left for Shuzhou | Remember the trip to Shuzhou?
15: Check out the smog | I worked in this building: The Bund Center | Yes - that is pork | Yuan Market?
16: One of those "moments"
17: At Element - A restaurant we ate at frequently. Located in the building Ryan lived in: The Ritz Portman
20: Our trip to Thailand | Lulu's man
28: Our Wedding in Shanghai.
29: Our friends Warren and Anna Ho threw us a party. Our good friend Mike Louton blessed us. Our sweet friends Jeremy & Cate reserved a fantastic hotel room. Our Honeymoon was spent in Hangzhou
32: The crazy things you see! This old man had to be over 70.
33: Wedding Cards
37: Coming to America...
38: Meeting Lulu's family
39: Meeting Ryan's Family
40: Old & New
42: Ryan and Lulu drove from Las Vegas all the way to Montana and back. The scenery was breathtaking. | Lulu's first experience with an out-house
49: Ryan and Lulu moved to South Florida (actually drove from Las Vegas)
50: pre-babies | Calvary Chapel Christmas program | First Hockey Game
51: First Anniversary
56: Enter parenthood | CHAOS
57: Be prepared....
58: Ryan and Lulu got pregnant in 2005, but lost their first child due to an ectopic pregnancy. Shortly after (against Dr.'s orders), they conceived again... This book has has been in the making for many years. It doesn't just end here. We hope you have enjoyed the short glimpse into our lives. There is more to come.