The expat in betweeness around holidays

As the windows around our neighborhood start to look like this and gather more and more decorations I have really started thinking about the holidays as an expat. This is one of those constant things that you start to think about when you live abroad from the place you came from.  Increasingly and especially around…

Giving Thanks

Last year, when I was still fairly new to the city and we knew winter was coming and promised to be long and while the pups were elsewhere, Ana and I sublet our apartment for all of November and rented a place on the sea on the southern coast of Spain in a little town…

The 10 year thing

On Facebook these past few days, a new trend has hit about posting a picture from 10 years ago and from now. It’s called “The Decade Trend.” At first I wasn’t going to play because I don’t know that I need to put that out there on Facebook. If people really want to see me…

November in Berlin

We are nearing the end of November and last year at this time we were in Spain.  To ward off the Berlin blues last year we sublet our apartment and went to the southern coast of Spain for all of November.  Ana works remotely and I didn’t have as many commitments here yet and our…

Extended Advent

If you have been in my circles in the previous years, you probably know that I write a devotional every day for Advent and Lent and send it out to an email list.  Those who follow along get to join the journey each day (usually morning) until the big events of Christmas and Lent.  I…

Pastors, please remember….

Lately I have been trying to take mental note of things that I notice and feel as a congregant if I should return to appointed ministry as the Pastor of a church.  This is a constant process of discernment for me but over and over I can’t help myself but think, “wow, I wish I…

Day of the Dead

Today is Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos although I have been noticing that places in Mexico are officially celebrating Dia de los Muertos tomorrow.  Either way these days are full of remembering the dead.  The ones who have gone before us.  In the movie “Coco”  those who aren’t remembered any longer by…

All Hallow’s Eve

Today is Halloween, All Hallows Eve and I am watching a Halloween movie and tending to a little cold. It has gotten me to reflecting on the holiday.  In the US this holiday has become about dressing up and eating candy.  Here, in Berlin, there isn’t so much of that.  I was out walking the…

Discovering a nanny network

Somehow I decided one day to offer myself up on Facebook as a nanny.  Churches really aren’t hiring in Berlin and I am on leave of absence technically anyway.   I started being interviewed by mostly moms.  These are women that I have really enjoyed talking with, hearing their story, etc.  I made a match with…

I’ve been on the Ubahn a lot lately…

Public transit becomes a big part of my daily life in this city which you all know about. I blog often about my Ubahn stories and here are some things that happened this week… The girl across from us Ana and I were headed home last Wednesday from further West on the U9.  This is…