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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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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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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The Mundane and Noteworthy

This past week, I’ve been paying attention to Logan and Brady and their observations about our experience in Germany so far. It’s the boys’ first time out of the U.S., so it’s a treat to see life through their fresh eyes. Here are a few of the things they’ve remarked about: Sugar cubes. “I always […]

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The Hardest Decision

This is a difficult post to write. I’ve gone back and forth about whether or not to share these details, because it’s going to rip my heart wide open in public. Our dog Phoebe made the trip to Germany, but our cat Baby did not. Behind all the joy of having Phoebe make it safely […]

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First Impressions From Our First Three Days

It’s Friday morning, and I’m waking up refreshed and motivated to get some stuff done! My congestion is slowly easing up and I’m no longer under the grip of the cold meds, which just made me feel foggy all day long. Time to shake it off! While the last few days have seemed a bit […]

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Lists Upon Lists

Ralph and I both suffer from an affliction called “CRS” – can’t remember stuff. (Yes, it’s contagious and I caught it from him). A few years back, we started using AnyList to keep a shared grocery list for the family. It’s awesome because we all have the app and before shopping trips we each add […]

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We’re Moving To Germany?!

One summer weekend in 2020, we were backpacking with Phoebe (our pandemic puppy) when we got an early morning call. Who could it be at this hour? Ralph glanced at his cell phone and we both immediately noticed that the call was coming from abroad. Could this be the call we were waiting for? Moving […]

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