Everything Is Going Wrong, Part 2: The Kidney Stone

I’d started writing another Part 2 but that will have to wait…because today, I can share with you all the drama of our first medical emergency abroad! BTW – I cleared this with Ralph. Might be a little TMI – but there’s also some useful information on what to expect if you end up in […]

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Everything is Going Wrong, Part 1: House Hunting

Ok…maybe not everything. But in the spirit of keeping it real, I thought I’d share some of the latest musings as we close out our second month in Germany. Now that all the newness and wonder has worn off, the frustrating bits have become more pronounced and noticeable. Someone pour me a stiff drink! It’s […]

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Motorworld: A Car Lover’s Dream

Stuttgart is a car lover’s paradise. Both Mercedes and Porsche are headquartered here, and BMW isn’t too far away, either. Ralph and I have been pragmatic with our car selections through the years (no lie, I think most fondly of my Honda Odyssey minivan!) but we can still appreciate a beautiful car. The boys do, […]

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Waterfalls and Alpine Slides

It’s been raining EVERY SINGLE DAY here, which makes it extra important to take advantage of rare pockets of sunshine. Sometimes it pours in the morning, sometimes it pours in the evening. Sometimes it pours all day long. So that’s one reason why this day trip to the town of Triberg felt so magical – […]

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Grocery Shopping in Germany

When most of us travel, we bypass the most mundane aspects of life in another country – paying bills, registering kids for school, getting a new phone plan. And you should – because after all, you’re on vacation. Who wants to do those sorts of things? But when you move to a new country, there’s […]

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Village Visit: Herrenberg

Now that we’re finally here in person, one of my favorite things to do is explore the different villages in the Stuttgart area. I’ve seen these names on maps for months, but there’s no comparison for being able to actually walk around. And truth be told, we really did arrive at the right time, because […]

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Beer Fairies in the Black Forest

After driving into Stuttgart on Saturday to snag a deal on an iron and hair dryers from a departing military family, we were craving time in nature. It was a hot, hot weekend and our hope was that the canopy of the trees in the Black Forest would provide a nice respite from the blazing […]

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This Family is a Hot Mess

I don’t know what more to say. We’re a hot mess, y’all. Not a day goes by when we don’t find ourselves in some kind of pickle. But last weekend was pretty spectacular as far as pickles go, and some of these stories are pretty funny, so I figured they were worth sharing. 😉 Mary […]

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Phoebe’s Journey To Germany

Bringing a big dog like Phoebe out to Germany is no easy feat, and it’s not cheap, either! I figured it’d be worth describing what it took to bring our German Shepherd puppy back to her “homeland” for those who are curious. A little about Phoebe… We adopted Phoebe at the end of March 2020, […]

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