Advent season

I find myself with thoughts of preparation, though out the Advent season.

I make myself lists, because my brain is so full of “things to do.”

First, there is the preparing of our house! Decorations, lights!

(I have to keep track of the little Nativity Set pieces this year… someone keeps walking off with baby Jesus.)

Then there is the baking preparations…YUM!

Gingerbread Biscotti
Stollen – a German Christmas sweet bread


Preparing for the birth of our Savior Jesus – Immanuel “God with us”

First Advent – Our little girl’s kindergarten lit the first candle on Domplatz in Erfurt, Germany.

Through this Advent season, I am reminded of the wonderful gifts God has given us. Most importantly, His son, who comes swaddled and ready to be opened and welcomed into our hearts. He brings hope, joy, and peace to our weary souls. He fills the deepest longings within us. He satisfies that unquenchable thirst within us. He fills us overflowing, so that we can share His gift with those around us. He brings light into the darkness. And when we have “opened” His gift, we can be His light – we aren’t to keep this gift to ourselves…

“This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel, NO! I’m going to let it shine!”

I am also so thankful for my family.

Time spent together…

Enjoying this season together.

Passing on this Gift to them.


The bug…


Well, this was our week.

It started with baby, then went to momma, then to sister, and then to brothers.

Lucky daddy managed to escape the bug so far.

But I am so thankful for his helpful and caring hands as we were laid up for a couple of days and sleepless nights. I love you sweetie!

Something about fall…

I don’t know what it is, but there is something about fall that makes me want to bake cinnamony goods, serve up a hearty stew with biscuits, drink hot cups of coffee or tea.

It makes me want to feel all cozy inside.

Maybe because the weather is changing?


Winter is knocking at the door?

I want to hibernate?

Who knows, but whatever it is… it makes me feel all homey.

I think it must do this to others, too, because just yesterday, I was dreaming about sinking my teeth into homemade pumpkin doughnuts with a glaze, when I got a call from my hubby.

“What ingredients do I need to pick up at the store to make those Christmas cinnamon rolls in Paul Hollywood’s cookbook?”


Uh-oh, he got bit by the fall bug, too! 😉



Saturday morning…

While daddy was gone to a meeting this morning, we went to the park.


img_0573img_0572It was a little cool…

Oh, and aren’t these the coolest rain boots?!


The white dots turn different colors when they get wet. I had no idea when I bought them, and was pleasantly surprised! 🙂

Belated Birthday Party!

A little late, but never a reason not to celebrate our 4-year-old girl!


Our kindergarten likes making a special occasion of each child’s birthday: Celebrating growth, personal achievements, and just making the child feel really special.


Since we were in the States during our sweetie’s birthday, the kindergarten was unable to celebrate her. Upon our return, they promptly asked if we could have a belated birthday party for her. Sure!


Last night, my little helper and I baked up mini-chocolate chip cookies, with mini Smarties (similar to M&Ms) instead of chocolate chips, and poked 30-40 grapes and cheese cubes onto toothpicks.


This morning, we picked out a dress and braided her hair, and set off to kindergarten to celebrate!

On a side note, she got a little confused at first, and thought maybe she was turning 5. Ha! 😀


In her 4th month…

Spending my days with this cuddle bug.


This month she has found her hands and feet,


rolled from her back to her tummy,


and rolled from her tummy to her back.


There goes ‘tummy time,’ seeing as she is not a big fan of it!

Applesauce time!

My mother says the best applesauce apples are Gravensteins. And I must agree! They are full of flavor and no extra sugar or juice is needed.

We discovered, last year, that they have Gravenstein apples in Germany. I’ve never seen them in the grocery store, but found them at a roadside vendor and at a farmers market.

Last weekend we checked out our local roadside vendor and found the Gravensteins were in! YES! Applesauce time…


Oh the sweet smell of cooking apples. 🙂

Summer time and the livin’ is easy…

… well, not necessarily. But there are definitely some fun perks we are enjoying right now. Such as eating homemade ice cream… 

eating ice cream

or BBQing with friends… 


or dressing up as knights (or something)… 

knights in sparkling armor

or simply playing in the dirt.


Yes, summertime is a good time. Now, better get back to work… 😀

Slug hunt

We’re going on a slug hunt.

In Steigerwald, a forest just outside of Erfurt, with many walking trails.
In Steigerwald, a forest just outside of Erfurt, with many walking trails.

We’re going to catch a big one.

Our fearless leader - stick out, always before him, to catch the cobwebs.
Our fearless leader – stick out, always before him, to catch the cobwebs.

What a beautiful day!

Soon after this picture, the dandelion fluff was all over daddy's back.
Soon after this picture, the dandelion fluff was all over daddy’s back.

We’re not afraid.

"Kings of the mountain!"
“Kings of the mountain!”

Uh-oh. Ewwee-gooey!


We found one. (Or two.)