I am so, so bad at remembering to do things. I guess since I last updated my blog our life here has gotten into full swing.
As of this month, we have been in Germany 8 months! That is so crazy! Let me see if I can recap the last few months for you. We are still working with Club Beyond as leaders and are anticipating a fun trip to Austria with them later this month! We really love working with the teens here! It is something we have really felt a passion for, and so far we have met some pretty awesome ones! We have been trying to explore while still trying to keeping to our budget….it’s sometimes hard to remember that the Euro is more than the Dollar, so sometimes we get a little mixed up, but we have been enjoying ourselves none the less.
I have taken the position as Chapel Worship Weader here for the protestant service and that has been keeping me busy as well as helping out PWOC with music as well. It has been interesting becoming the leader of those things and it has taught me to keep my schedule a little more balanced….though, I am still working on that. Our lives are pretty busy and it is hard to find time to go travel. It has definitely been a lesson on how I shouldn’t over commit myself…One of these days I will get it right! Joe is still working as a chaplain assistant and we love all the people we have met through that! I love, love, love meeting new people so this army life thing is awesome because of that, but I also really hate saying goodbye to people and that is a necessary evil that comes with this lifestyle. We have met so many people and have said goodbye to so many also in this short 8 months of being here!
Some of the adventures we have been able to go on these last few months include going to lots of local fests during the summer and fall, I have taken two trips to Poland, we’ve explored some of the small villages and larger cities near us, going to the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival, explored castles, my friend Soley visited and we explored around, we went to the Rhine River and explored a castle there…its hard to remember all of them! We also did a lot on post so far as well. We have done some trips with Club Beyond, helped with VBS, Helped with the Harvest fest, and lots of other small things!
It is Christmas time and we have been trying to explore the wonderful Christmas markets we have heard so much about before we got here. They are just as magical as people said they were. The Ghuhwein is delicious! It is like a mulled, spiced wine they serve to keep you warm while you are out at the market! This year we have been to 3 and hope to hit up a couple more before the season is over. We did get to take our first trip back to the states this past week and a half. We are so happy we were able to go back for Tom and Tina’s wedding! We love Tina and are so happy she has joined our not so small family!
We were able to see Joe’s mom Alice while we were there. She is currently in a nursing home and we really need your prayers that she can start getting some rehab treatment started so she can start making a full recovery. She is responding well sometimes and not so well other times. It was hard for us to see her there. We hadn’t seen her since we first left to come to Germany and she was fully healthy so it was a weird shock for us, especially Joe. I am so thankful we were able to spend lots of time with her. We miss her always asking us what we are up to and what our pictures where of. We miss her laugh and smile! I can’t wait for her to get better! Please, please continue to pray for her! God does miraculous things and I know he can make her better!
We were able to see the whole family which was great! sometimes it’s hard to get such a big family together all at one time so when we do, It is always awesome!!! Since we left we gained two new nieces and they are both as cute as can be!!! It was so nice to see all our nieces and nephews. They are so much fun to be around!
Now that we have been to back to the states, there are a few things I didn’t miss….billboards all over the place, bad roads, that awkward crack between the bathroom stall and the door….haha, the litter on the highways, and the slow speeds while driving.
but definitely missed being close to family, Chick-fil-A (lol), not AFN TV, things open past 8pm, Hobby Lobby, and Old Navy!
We hope to be able to explore next year a little more outside of our immediate area and hopefully to a few different countries while we are at it! We also hope some of our friends want to come and explore with us.
We are looking forward to this next year and I promise I will try my hardest to post more regularly. (Maybe if someone or some people could remind me that would be awesome, hehe) This post is hard because there is so much to cover because of the 6 months I missed!!! We will keep posting to Facebook so look for pictures and updates there! We love it here and really hope we will have friends come visit so we can share this beautiful place with them! Just let us know! Well until next time!