Let The Tears Commence--Things I will miss about Germany 30 Day Countdown

8:11:00 AM Brooke Neal 5 Comments

Day 1: So, this is it. We are down to our final day in Germany and what a busy one it will be. If I had been smarter, I would have quit work a few days ago so I could actually enjoy our last day here, but instead we will be running around like crazy trying to fit in those last few errands like our home inspection/handover, taking the cat to the pet hotel, driving over to the dealership to reclaim our license plates and heading over to the church to pick up Bob's Kindle which he forgot on Sunday.

Tomorrow we will board the plane at 10:10am headed home to the United States.  Home. Yet, not really home. We will be living out of a suitcase the entire summer bouncing from one family member/friend to the next. We won't have a home until we move to Saudi Arabia and it will be incomplete because Eliza will not be with us. This is what I will miss about Germany.  Our time in Germany is the last time I will have had our entire family living together as a unit.

This expat experience has been rewarding on so many levels, but it has also been socially isolating for all of us. As a family we have turned to each other for most of our fun, encouragement, play, and emotional support. I have closer relationships with my children because with our 'smaller than normal' church community, I was their seminary teacher, and youth leader.

In 5 years we've not had a working TV. That is not to say we didn't find shows to watch on the internet, but not having easy access to TV media has allowed us to disengage from a lot of the garbage out there.  It has encouraged better conversations around the dinner table.

I will miss our family life style in Germany. I know the changes upon us are all good, necessary and intended changes, but if I could keep us all together here just a little longer,  I would.

Thank you Germany for providing our family with such a rich and rewarding experience. We've grown in so many ways because of our time in your country and I will miss you!

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5 comments:

  1. Now on to another adventure. I have read old posts every now and then and I really enjoyed your narratives. Keep it up.

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  2. Beautiful shot!
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/06/falling-water.html

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  3. What a wonderful family portrait. Enjoy your next adventure!

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  4. And we will miss you. Keep in touch, and good luck with the next (much more exciting country!) adventure! Emma xx

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  5. I wish you all the best for your next adventures!!

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