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6 Months in Review; Part 2

It’s hard to believe that our EPIC year abroad has come to a conclusion. Brian and I have been having some serious snuggle time with our puppy dog and settling down in our new Adirondack digs. Reflecting on the past year, we had some thoughts:

Things we have learned


  1. FaceTime is a wonderful invention.
  2. I have a strong marriage.
  3. How to say “thank you” in about 10 languages.
  4. We are amazingly blessed.
  5. People are generally good.
  6. I can live with my mother-in-law (at least for a month!)


  1. Being homeless makes it possible to travel the world. I’m glad I don’t own a house.
  2. Not owning a car for a full year and only using public transportation is relatively painless, easy and cheap – at least in Europe!
  3. I’ve (mostly) successfully taught Europeans how to use an American credit card, as we don’t have an electronic chip in our cards.
  4. I’ve learned that seafood isn’t so bad when it’s caught locally that morning.
  5. Every country in the world has some form of delicious dried meat and some cheese – all very different, all very delicious.

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Moving on…

Well folks, we are leaving Germany.  Our six months here has been incredible (see the last blog article here).  The past few weeks has been some what of a struggle for us dealing with tax issues, finance issues, and moving issues but we’ve come out alive.  One of the main reasons for our move abroad was to focus on our marriage and learn how to work things out as a team.  This has been hard at times but has always been rewarding.  Sure we can call up friends and family for support now and then, but when it comes right down to it – we have only each other.  I’ve learned so much about my husband and my marriage, but I’ve also learned a lot about myself.  I’m proud of us and how much we have grown together in the last 6 months.  My husband isn’t the man I thought I married – he is so much more.  I would not have survived here without his love, understanding and encouragement.  Brian is my best friend and I am so blessed to have him.

I look forward to our next adventure with eagerness, because I have the only support I need by my side.

Future plans include a weekend in Dublin, 2 weeks in Lisbon, Valentine’s Day in Dubrovnik, a few weeks in Athens and then…. wherever the road takes us (as long as there is internet).

Well wishes and prayers are much appreciated : )