This is the third attempt at my first post on Aisle Seats, Please. Why is it so difficult to say “Hello” and “Goodbye” at the same time? I’ve got my cup of tea, inspiring Christmas music playing (it’s never too early, so don’t try and convince me otherwise), and the wind is howling like a hurricane outside. I’m all set!
We are leaving this windy desert soon, and road-tripping our way across the Midwest and East Coast to visit and say goodbye to family. After that, we will take a flight from Baltimore to Ramstein, in order to begin an adventure I never thought I would be on: a new life and home in the beautiful country of Germany!
My husband has orders with the Army for a three-year stint overseas, and is able to take us as his family (me and our two daughters) with. Below are Genny, age 2, and Jordyn, 5 months. They are seasoned travelers already, and have visited their fair share of the states!
Anyways, back to the story.
When I first got the news of where we would be relocating, I was not thrilled. My first thought was: two children under two years of age, transported to a new culture and way of life, away from Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and cousins? No, thanks! However, as I began researching what life may be like over there and planned future trips all over Europe, I lost most of my trepidation and began to feel excited about this new adventure! I am still nervous, and have so many “what-ifs” rolling around in my brain, but there is more enthusiasm in my heart than fear. If any of you have stories or advice about what it’s like to live in Germany, how to try and “fit in”, and smart ways to travel with little ones, please let me know! I’m soaking in as much information as I can!
I cannot tell you how much I will miss the friends we have here in the borderland. After three years here, we have gained two children (Genesis and Jordyn) and many close friends. When you do not live near family, the friends you have are that much more important and become your built-in sisters and brothers. I am hoping to see many of them again, and have an open invitation to all of them to come visit us at any time (hint, hint).
After we fly into Germany, we will be staying in a hotel for a while as we wait for the Holidays to pass and offices to open back up (Christmas should be memorable). Then, we will be looking for a home and waiting anxiously for our household goods and vehicle to show up!
I may not be writing my next post until we find a house and move in, so bear with me. In the meantime, be sure to enter your email at the right to subscribe to my blog! This will ensure that each post I write will be sent to your email inbox, and you can keep up with what our family is doing.
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