Drum Roll, Please…

9 Jul

The post you’ve all been waiting for. The answer to the big elephant in the room. Are we or are we not headed back to Germany?



(Let’s just pause for a second and all appreciate the magnificence that is Matthew McConnaughey…You’re welcome.)

Just typing that ‘yes’ gave me a pit in my stomach! Ha! I know we’ve talked to some of you along this journey of decision and that some of you even knew within the last few days that the decision had been made, but actually putting it in writing and sending it out there for all the world to see just makes it so real. Everything about this week so far is feeling pretty real, actually. I spent the better part of yesterday doing the things I’ve been putting off or ‘waiting until we’re 115% sure’ to tackle and I’ve gotta say…I think I may have overdone it! Ha!

One of the biggest hang-ups for me all along has been Neve’s school. For the last two years, she’s been enrolled in two wonderful programs that we’ve loved and appreciated more than words can say. At Bethany UMC in particular, we’ve truly grown to consider them family- the teachers, the parents, Neve’s classmates…And it’s not just been wonderful for her, but for us, as well. For me. To part with that, as I did officially yesterday morning, is huge and comes with so many more emotions than I’d anticipated. To say that we will miss the program- and moreso, the people- is such a gross understatement. I can only hope that the friendships we’ve made- at school and in our new neighborhood- will not only continue, but will grow and flourish. The same is true for all of our friendships. I’m confident that they will, though, because we’re committed to making it happen.

On the flip side, I also took my first German language lesson yesterday afternoon! I’m taking it as a sign that one of my former clients is from Germany and had a career with Bosch as their language instructor! She’s retired now and works privately with students in her home here in Summerville. How crazy is that?! And that we’ve kept in touch since I sold my business last year, so that I could just call her up and say, ‘Hey, I’m gonna need some lessons starting immediately if you can PLEASE fit me in!’ Ha! Needless to say, upon leaving my first lesson, I feel somewhat incompetent and even more overwhelmed than before I got there! My goal is to learn as much of a foundation as I can in these next few weeks so that when I enroll in classes there, I’ll at least be able to hold my own. Surely that’s a feasible goal considering I have a language brain (Spanish major) to start with?!

OK, so the few details we ‘know’ so far…I use quotes because it seems that every time I start counting things as certain, the change or grow or we learn new facts…So, as of now:

We will be in Stuttgart with John working on the same base he did several years ago. Our tentative move date is August 14 with John reporting in to the new office that following Monday, August 17. Yep, that’s less than 6 weeks. Lord.


He will then get two weeks to get settled without having to do a whole lot of work- some stopping in the office, some phone calls and paperwork and emails, but not 9-5ing. That time will be spent getting our ID cards, our paperwork filed, meeting with folks, maybe house hunting a bit…

We will have 90 days to find a house. In the meantime, it will be very similar to our normal travel in that work will pay for a hotel, apartment, etc. Which is good because it will take some time for our furniture and household stuff to arrive.

Work will pack and ship our stuff- furniture, clothes, toys, decorations…However, like I mentioned in an earlier post, we are going to leave our Summerville house furnished and rent it for short term executive rentals through AirBnB. This is at least our goal, so fingers crossed that we get guests! We’re taking it as a sign that we got our first reservation request this morning, just two hours after we posted our listing! We were like giddy schoolgirls! (Yes, I’m counting John in that.) That being said, we’re now in the process of deciding what to take, what to leave and what to buy new here and in Germany…This is proving to be one of the biggest challenges (ie. major pains in the ass) of this process. Also figuring out how to actually do the said rental and manage the property…Lord.

We will sell both of our cars before we go. John has a truck that would impractical overseas, so he will just buy a little used car to get him to and from work. My Jeep (ie. my favorite one out of 4 that I’ve ever owned) is not 4 wheel drive, nor is it large enough to accommodate when we have guests come to visit, so we are in the process of researching larger SUVs that will act as our primary vehicle while we’re there. Although work will ship one car, it’s looking like we will buy both over there. We will see.


We’ve talked at length to our families and closest friends and the support has been wonderful. It sounds as though we can expect alot of visitors and that everyone is looking forward to some European vacations 🙂 The best news for me was that my parents and grandmother have decided that they’re OK with spending more time with us in Germany than they’d originally planned, so that has definitely been a weight lifted. (I’ve never been more thankful for retirement! Ha!) Luckily, it looks as though our housing allowance will make it possible for us to get a large enough house and yard to accommodate all- some of them even have indoor pools and saunas in the basements! Yes, please!

Neve is actually very excited and doing amazingly well as continue to discuss everything and starting putting plans into action. I’m constantly amazed at how much she hears, but moreso how much she understands. She spent Monday with Ms. Lori, for example, and explained to her all about how men would be coming to pack our things, but not all of our things because some would be staying here for when visitors stay in our house while we’re gone. WHAT?! She’s only 3 and we’ve never even really talked about those details with her directly! That being said, we’re doing our best to keep her in the loop, to talk about things often, to ask questions, to look at pictures, etc. as we think it’s so important for her to feel heard and understood.

So there you have it! All of the above- and more- to be done in practically no time! Yes, it’s daunting. This whole post is falling into that ‘maybe overdoing it’ category for today! Ha! But now that the decision has been made and we’ll be full steam ahead trying to get all of our ducks in a row (did I mention we’re talking like 5 weeks?!), I wanted to share the news with all of you so you’d hear it right from the horses mouth. As we learn more and get things more set in stone over the coming weeks, I’ll definitely post again to keep you in the loop. We’ve even talked about throwing into the mix a little casual get together just to see everybody before we go. We’ll see- that may be a bit of crazy talk. Regardless, I can’t tell you how much we’ve appreciated all of you for coming along on this journey with us. Hope you know how much we love you guys!

Updates to come as we know them!

8 Responses to “Drum Roll, Please…”

  1. Allison York Elliott July 14, 2015 at 3:29 PM #

    Such an exciting adventure! I hope you guys enjoy your time there and get to experience many wonderful things!

  2. Linda Koebel July 13, 2015 at 11:52 PM #

    WOW,what adventurous life y’all have. Even though I only see you on face book, I so enjoy reading your posts and watching Neve grow.

  3. Wendy July 10, 2015 at 2:09 PM #

    I am still in awe of you and your little family and the amazing opportunities you are giving your little one and yourselves. I can’t wait to read more about your living, loving and dancing like no one is watching life! I am ssshhh secretly planning a GRADUATION trip for Miranda next summer…yes Graduation…to Paris…don’t tell!!! I will certainly keep you posted and hope to get some pointers, advise and maybe even a visit in…Love you Erin! Congrats and I miss ya!

    • Erin T. July 10, 2015 at 2:49 PM #

      You are such a good friend, Wendy, and I love you dearly! Thank you for always being so kind and so supportive. I can’t believe MG is already nearing graduation- I’m going to pretend it’s from middle school 🙂 Paris is only a 4ish hour train ride from us in Stuttgart, so a visit sounds so awesome! You guys would be more than welcome at our place or maybe we could plan our own little simultaneous adventure back to Paris. LOVE that city! Love you!

  4. Lori July 10, 2015 at 2:55 AM #

    We are gonna miss you guys bunches and bunches and will look forward to your mini return trips back home. We talked about how fun it will be to write Neve and send her letters in the mail. I think she will think that is totally cool beans. I know a great adventure awaits your precious family. Many fun family memories are to be made ❤ I know everything will work out and fall right into place 🙂

    • Erin T. July 10, 2015 at 2:51 PM #

      Oh, Lori…You and your sweet family are some of the most difficult things to say goodbye to, temporarily. It’s no secret how much of a blessing we consider you and how much Neve absolutely loves and adores you. Words can’t express how thankful I am for you. We will be back often and will absolutely make the most of our visits with you guys. And our door is always open if you ever decide to hop the pond for a little vacay! Love you!

  5. Georgia July 9, 2015 at 5:01 PM #

    Sounds great to me.

  6. Robin July 9, 2015 at 4:18 AM #

    Well…it’s in print….right there in black and white….i guess that’s about as real as it gets.

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