Christmas market goals and Berlin bucket list

If you have been reading my blog and following along, you know that we are now on what is called Mutterschutz…ok, even more accurately, Ana is. By law in Germany, the mom who is pregnant must take 6 weeks off before the due date at full pay. So we have 6 weeks before the due…

Preparing for Thanksgiving where Thanksgiving isn’t a thing

Today I went to the store to buy a few things for the week including the ingredients to make lemon bars, my offering that I will be making for Thanksgiving with friends on Thursday. This year we were invited to join up with some newish friends who like to order from one of the handful…

Two days of all day German…my brain is tired!

From 10am until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday (just the past two days!), Ana and I got all of our stuff and our courage together to head to the birthing class we signed up for. We were a bit nervous because a) it was two days about talking about the details of the birth of…

Oh the weather outside is…COLD

Yes, yes, I can hear you now if you are living in Chicago or Alaska or even Bend, my complaints of cold are nothing compared to the snow coming down around where you are but for Berlin on Nov. 18th we are having a cold spell. This morning I bundled up as I prepared to…

Mutterschutz begins tomorrow!

When Ana and I started talking about expanding our little family, one thing was pretty clear. If we were to embark on this new adventure there were definite benefits of living in Germany. To stay in Germany meant a more affordable fertility process and resources and if this worked, the health benefits are much better…

The question we are asked the most….

It happened again yesterday on a zoom call with someone. We started talking about our hoped return back to the US in the Spring. They asked what we might be thinking and I said we were hoping to move back in April or May, depending on immigration stuff and baby stuff and work stuff for…

Patience is not my virtue….

Sunday wiped me out. As I wrote on Monday, I was feeling like a recovery day and reminders that I am still in process. Then I went on this epic trek across the city to try to track down a jacket that I had ordered from the States. I had gotten a letter that said…

Yesterday/signs of recovery/it was a doozy!

Yesterday I found myself back in the pulpit for the first time in a long time. I had the great honor of baptizing a baby in September (another blog post for another day) but I haven’t preached since before my surgery. I was asked to preach on Sunday a week ago and I hesitantly said…

Fully into Autumn – 32 weeks!!

This the face of my spouse as we talk about how she arrived to 32 weeks in her pregnancy on Wednesday. I am probably mirroring her face as we talk. This is the smile of excitement, overwhelm, a bit of freak out, love to one another, some big feelings all around and…well, many of you…

This morning I made muffins….

This morning I decided to make blueberry muffins from scratch. It is a recipe that is a favorite of mine and have it practically memorized. It is the “Perfect Blueberry Muffin” recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I may tweak it a bit and sometimes add almonds rather than lemon zest like I did this morning. This…