I love August! This month has been simply awesome. I love having the kids around me. I love making plans, having no plan, traveling some but mostly enjoying the beaches in our neck of the woods. Everyone stays up late, … Continue reading
Our neighbors to the north are one friendly, relaxed kind of people. They even have a word for their chilled mood: Hygge! You get a taste of that whether you travel to it’s larger cities or the quaint Baltic or … Continue reading
The first day when my love leaves for the US is always the hardest… Now, with summer break upon us it all seems so down and gloomy despite the sun. After weeks of absence the sun decided to return! Thank goodness! It not only warms the skin but the heart and soul … It’s hopeful, positive, bright and happy. Looking forward to six weeks off. Summer break to the rescue.
We hadn’t planned anything for this break so far – that is up until a day ago. Now, I spontaneously booked a trip to Denmark! To Aarhus – the European Capital of Culture in 2017!
I am glad I did. We are taking the train. It’s super convenient and affordable. It wasn’t as affordable to find the right hotel for a family with 3 kids. But I think this Zleep Hotel will do. I sure need this break and so do the kids. Isaiah is moving on to middle school while Seda finished Elementary school … It was quite a journey so far both for us parents and the kids as well. Unlike our first year in Germany which went by quickly. All the newness and the excitement made that year fly by. We just went along with it – soaked it all up. But the next 2 were different. They were demanding. For me as a stay-at-home mom it meant lots of PTA work, housework and juggling work & play. Being the go-to person for the children. Their support system. Quite demanding and exhausting, I have to admit. Of course, along the was I was growing my network of moms & dads, friends, neighbors and just adjusting to the system and finally mastering it! No time for boredom that’s for sure.
I was fortunate enough to get involved in organizing a fundraiser for Isaiah’s school.
Following that I helped found an environmental group: KGS Green Team.
Before school years end we received recognition internally as well as publicly. 🙂
But there were also personal days. Days of neighborhood barbecues and most cherished our quarterly luncheon with our dear neighbor Gerthild. Our bust buddies C&T from Hamburg joined us this quarter. What great memories for kids & adults alike. Our circle is growing. For that I am very grateful.
Finally, during school breaks we’ve had used every opportunity to travel. Short trips, long trips, road trips and day trips, trips to sports tournaments and visiting family. Lot’s of mileage added to our books.
And finally tomorrow: Report Cards!!! A’s and B’s. It’s all good. I am so grateful. With all the goodness there was one area that we had no control over. Over the course of this last year we’ve received the ultimate news from Kentucky. Sadly with all of our gains we’ve lost three very cherished members of our American family. May their souls rest in peace… :.(
R.I.P. Butch Sr., Grandma Florence and most recently our beloved Aunt Ivy… You will be missed – always.
The good and the bad add up to a potpourri of our life. A life I am grateful for. A life I cherish & hope to hold on to just a little longer than time allows… So much to do, to see, to achieve still. To all that I am looking forward to. For all that I was fortunate to see and to experience I feel grateful. I am blessed.
Thank you God for my life.
Feeling blessed to be able to plan and execute this trip, this year, with this beautiful family of mine. It is spring in Europe and by far the most beautiful time of year. The temperatures are rising – although slowly … Continue reading
2017 started with a spontaneous trip to Goeteborg with my two girls. Got up January 1st and looked out the window: drizzly, grey January day. No plans. No place to go. A few clicks on the laptop later we were … Continue reading
Christmas was as beautiful as ever; beautiful, peaceful, busy, cold but yet cozy and happy to have this time together to celebrate being a family. The long break from school and work was so important and very much appreciated by … Continue reading
Summer 2016. A different kind of summer. Boys are off. They left for the US a week ago. A boys bonding trip while us girls are staying home with lots of quality time to spend together and with our friends. … Continue reading
What an absolutely a-ma-zing year 2015 has been! The many adventures at home and abroad, the new friends we’ve made… All in all a year like no other. Looking back a few things stick out the most: January: My dear … Continue reading
October just swept by. I’ve been consumed by finding Stella the right preschool – unsuccessfully 🙁 (more about that in a complete separate post of its own) and heavily crafting for my son’s very important school fundraiser scheduled at the … Continue reading
Something about seeing our family squeezed into one little picture puts a huge smile on my face and warms my heart like nothing else. Since we’ve moved to Germany – exactly one year ago! – our family time has been … Continue reading