So Very Thankful

2010 has been a pretty eventful year for us to say the least.  There, of course, were downs, but this year there were a particular number of highs.  We have A LOT to be thankful for, but we’ve managed to narrow it down to our 2010 Thanksgiving Top Ten.

10. We must start with the amazing opportunity we were given to come and live in Germany.  When we first heard about the offer, Lauren responded with “No way!” After much deliberation and discussion, we decided it was just an opportunity that we couldn’t pass up.  Now we are thankful to call Heidenheim our home.

Showing Off Heidenheim by Castle View

9. One of the toughest decisions we faced in coming to Heidenheim was what to do with our 2 mangy mutts.  While we originally planned to bring them with us, the situation became infeasible.  Luckily we had two dog lovers ready to take them in for a year–and they even put a fence in the yard just for the dogs!  We are so thankful for Mom and Dad Wible for taking such good care of our pups while we’re away.

Maggie with Major in the Background


8. One of the more frivolous things on our list is our favorite restaurant,Stattgarten. We love having a “go to” place to take visitors and to meet with friends.  In the summer it’s great to sit outside, and in the winter the restaurant is cozy and warm.  We won’t kid ourselves, though.  We’re also really grateful for their one of a kind Fries, Käsespätzle, and Kurbiscremesuppe (Pumpkin Soup!).

Pumpkin Soup!

Kate samples the delicious Stattgarten Käsespätzle

7. In August we had two very special visitors: Will and Pam (Lauren’s parents).  It was so great to be able to show them around Heidenheim and show off with our little knowledge of German.  We even got to explore Berlin with them before we parted ways and they headed to Switzerland.  We’re so thankful that Pam and Will got to come see Heidenheim and experience European living with us.

Pam and Will in Heidenheim

6. We are so thankful for Skype!! Via Skype we have been able to keep in close contact with everyone from home despite the 6 hour time difference.  It’s been an amazing resource that really helps cut homesickness especially because we get to see all the faces we miss.  Here’s a little conglomeration of some of the images we’ve captured via Skype.

Skype Images

5. In the end of September we welcomed Russ’s parents, Joe and Kate, by meeting them in Cologne, Germany.  We got to bring Kate back to Heidenheim with us for awhile while Joe was attending a conference.  Then we all flew to Barcelona, Spain to spend some wonderful time together.  We finished our visit back here in Heidenheim.  We feel so lucky that our parents were able to come visit, and we’ll be happy to receive them again come spring!

Kate and Joe in Heidenheim

4. One of the things that we are most thankful for this year is the birth of our first nephew.  We were greatly anticipating his birth, and thanks to Skype and a patient Mother, we are able to see him almost weekly.  Thanks to his parents for keeping us connected so we feel like we’re “there” while our nephew grows and changes.

3. In November we were lucky enough to travel to the Czech Republic with our famous wedding speaker, Uncle Daryl.  Seriously, people ask about him all the time because he was so witty and entertaining. 🙂  We had such an amazing time visiting with him and exploring Prague.  Thanks, Uncle Daryl, for making time in your busy schedule to come visit us!

Uncle Daryl, Lauren, and Russ in Prague

2. We reached a pretty huge milestone this year–our 1st year wedding anniversary!  Who would have thought that when we said, “I do,” part of it meant, “I do agree to move to Germany with you!”  In our first year of marriage we’ve learned to listen to each other when making big decisions and lean on each other when times are tough.  This year, we are thankful for each other.

Spending our 1st year anniversary at romantic Castle Neuschwanstein

Wedding Day

1. Last but not least, we are incredibly thankful that we get to come home for Christmas! We’re so looking forward to seeing our family and spending one of the best times of the year back in the US.  Unfortunately, we won’t be able to make it home for Thanksgiving.  Don’t cry for us, though.  We’ll be spending our Thanksgiving in Paris! 🙂


Paris, here we come!

A Happy Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends and family back in the US!  Eat lots, spend time with your family, and most of all, be thankful!

4 responses to this post.

  1. What a heartwarming summative. I’m sure you two lovebirds are giving much thanks for the wonderful journey you have undertaken together. Your poochies lokk well-cared for so don’t worry, be happy.Really enjoying your pics. Happy Thanksgiving Day.


  2. Posted by DadL on November 26, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    We are thankful for lots of things – including a great blog to follow you with! Thank you!


  3. Posted by Mom on November 27, 2010 at 2:40 am

    We are thankful for both of you! Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for the great blog!


  4. Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving in Paris! (That pumpkin soup looks delicious, by the way.)


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