It’s hard to believe we accepted the offer to come work and live in Germany nearly five months ago. At the time it felt like July would never get here. We had so much to do, the list was overwhelming: Sell the house, sell the cars, tell our boys, tell our jobs, cancel our subscriptions… We had to find a place in Berlin, pack what we could and leave what we couldn’t.
Looking back, we we’ve been pretty fortunate. Our house sold in just over a week, as did our cars. We found our home here quickly and discovered that we’re renting from a couple of amazing people who have gone out of their way to make the transition easier on us. Our families and coworkers remained so supportive.
Of course, the boys went back and forth between excited, sad, happy and angry about the pending life change.
On one car trip Dylan turned to me and said, “I don’t think I’m going to make any friends in Germany.”
“Why not?” I asked.
“Because I don’t want to.”
I laughed a little. “Then you’re probably right, son.”
Two weeks later he told me that he’d be okay making one friend while we’re away.
He wasn’t alone in his mood swings. Each of us had to reconcile the move in our own minds. We had to find a new normal, and since none of us had visited Germany before, we had no clue what that normal would look like.
Now it’s been a week now since we moved and both boys have announced what Tyler and I have been feeling… Germany isn’t as scary or different as we thought. It’s strange, in fact, how even though we’ve gone through such a big change, life looks the same. We are all the same people that we were a week ago, doing the same daily tasks as before. We were adventurous in Colorado, taking every opportunity to get out and explore. We’re doing that here as well.
Life is good. The move, though not without it’s challenges (we’ll write more on those later) did nothing to alter the fact that we love, care for, and fight for each other.
All this to say, after week number one, I think we’re going to be just fine here :).