An Answered Prayer

An Answered Prayer

After a year of hoping and praying that God would bless us with one more little Schweitzer, we are happy to announce that He has! We are obviously overjoyed and feel very blessed to be parents again. Nathan is pretty excited too. We think it was his added prayers just...

Nate and His Dog

On Wednesday, we took our Chocolate Lab, Brandon, in for his annual check-up. It is hard to believe our sweet Choco Bear turned fifteen just last month. He’s hanging in there though. Aside from the normal signs of aging (hearing loss, macular degeneration, stiff...
Into the Wind…

Into the Wind…

This past weekend, we had some crazy high winds in our area. Well, that gave us the great idea to head out and fly some kites. You can probably already imagine how that went… Saturday seemed like a good day for kite flying. The temperature outside was unusually...
Finally, Some Sun!

Finally, Some Sun!

Since Nathan didn’t have to return to school until Wednesday this past week, that gave us two whole days to goof off together. Fortunately, one of those days was filled with bright, beautiful, vitamin D filled, mood boosting, I want to sing Hallelujah! sunshine....
Nathan’s First Bowling Adventure

Nathan’s First Bowling Adventure

Do you ever go bowling? For us, it is something we do after a long period of time has passed only to ask ourselves, “Why don’t we do this more often?”. Bowling truly is a fun activity and it turns out that it is even more fun when a little person is...
Our Last Weekend of 2014

Our Last Weekend of 2014

Cabin fever. It is something we have been feeling lately here in Germany. Cold, rainy days paired with our geriatric dog (who can’t be left alone for very long) have had us longing for the days when we could just head outdoors and explore. Well, this past...
Nikolaustag

Nikolaustag

This past weekend, we celebrated Nikolaustag. Saint Nicholas Day is observed on December 6 here in Germany and in many Western European countries. Saint Nicholas, or Nikolaos of Myra, was known during his time for being kind and generous, giving to those in need, and...
Domäne Mechtildshausen

Domäne Mechtildshausen

When we are in the mood for visiting with farm animals (which seems like every other week), we venture to Die Domäne Mechtildhausen. There are so many great things about this place! It is not only a beautiful spot just adjacent to the airfield in Wiesbaden, but free...
Bereit für Die Schule

Bereit für Die Schule

It’s time. It has taken me the better part of this year to come to terms with Nathan leaving the nest to begin school part time, but it is time. I will still provide the same nurturing environment that we call home, but the enrichment of learning Deutsch and the...
Ponyland Ebental

Ponyland Ebental

Nathan loves animals. He doesn’t necessarily love to touch animals, so I was really impressed that he actually rode one of the small ponies at our local Ponyland. I was even more impressed that such a place even exists! This place is such a treat. Aside from the...
Fasanerie Wiesbaden

Fasanerie Wiesbaden

The Fasanerie (Pheasantry) is another amazing and absolutely free park here in Wiesbaden. Nate and I love the variety of animals that we can see (and sometimes pet), but we love the nature walk through the Fasanerie even more. Even though it lies in the city and is...
Sunday Strollin’

Sunday Strollin’

On Sundays, we will often take a stroll around our little German town of Eltville. If we are out early enough, we grab a gourmet coffee and some fresh bread from the bakery, feed the ducks and wonder by the Bahnhof so Nathan can get his train fix. If it’s late...
Fourth of July Weekend

Fourth of July Weekend

Like many people, we were happy that our Independence Day fell on a Friday. That meant a long, three day weekend for our working dad. We were fortunate to spend the afternoon of the fourth, enjoying good food with some good friends here at our home. We enjoyed...
Brad’s Le Tour de Normandy

Brad’s Le Tour de Normandy

Last weekend, Brad travelled to France to participate in a three day bike ride through Normandy. This wasn’t just any bike ride though.  It was the Liberty Ride–400 cyclists from surrounding European countries riding to commemorate the 70th anniversary of...
Eltviller Rosentage

Eltviller Rosentage

Every spring, Eltville bursts with hundreds of colorful, fragrant roses that are the focal point of the Eltviller Rosentage (Eltville Rose Day). According to the city of Eltville, there are over 350 varieties grown for display during the festival. Last weekend, we...
Strawberry Picking

Strawberry Picking

As a lover of fresh strawberries, I have been patiently waiting for the right time to take Nathan to our local pick-your-own strawberry farm. Let’s just say that after today’s adventure in strawberry “picking”, the time is still not...
Mud Stompin’

Mud Stompin’

We have been so blessed this winter. Blessed by an unusual amount of sunshine. Rain is a constant here in Germany. When there is a break in that, it is definitely felt and savored. Yesterday, we had a bright, golden morning, Nate and I wasted no time getting dressed...
Three Week Sweat-a-thon

Three Week Sweat-a-thon

Do you have 10, 15 or 20+ pounds you’ve been trying to lose? Have your new year resolutions of getting in shape and getting lean fizzled out? Well, here’s your chance to renew them… We are hosting our first weight loss challenge. The rules?...
What a Day to Be a Mom

What a Day to Be a Mom

Last Friday, I (Deanna) was in tears. Not because I was sad or hurt in any way, but because I had shared a moment with my son that touched me deep in my soul. A moment that will last a lifetime… Like many days we have here in Germany, that day was filled with...