So I realize I have not updated this blog in wow too many months like 7! Well needless to say a lot has happened. For instance we are expecting twins….yep thats right 2 babies at the SAME TIME! We are very excited. So we found out the day before our birthday in January that we were expecting, it wasn’t till I was 11 weeks along that we found out that we were expecting twins. Shock is a good word to describe what we both felt, shock and excitement. How do you wrap your mind around the fact that you are growing 2 human beings. Nausea seemed to take over my life for about 15 weeks and then it finally subsided. Colby was very good to me and very patient!
My parents came out for a visit in March and we had really fun time…our first visitors! We went to England, Switzerland, and France, my dad was like our personal tour guide. It was a whirlwind, we tried to do as much as we could in the amount of time we had. England was our first stop. We drove through France to get to the ferry. The ferry dropped us off at the White Cliffs of Dover which was beautiful. From there we went to the Davidson’s where they graciously let us stay and took us around England. We were able to go to my mom’s birthplace Ely, it was beautiful. Although it was raining that didn’t stop us you just learn to roll with the rain in Europe. After our England adventure we spent a day and half in Switzerland which in my opinion is one of the most beautiful places ever! We did a bit of antiquing thanks to my mom who remembered all the good antique stores she used to go to, we stuffed our BMW as full as we could. We also decided to go to France for a day and do some antiquing there. So we rented a van and headed into France which is only about 45mins from us. I was able to get some pretty neat wood furniture. We took it easy for a couple days at home and my gracious mom did a lot of cooking, ok she did all the cooking! It was very nice especially because I wasn’t feeling too well. It was time to say goodbye to my parents, was a joy it was having them here!
About a month or so after my parents left I hopped out of Ramstein to go home and visit. The Lord had His hand in that no doubt. A week before I was trying to get a hop out Colby finds out he is being sent to Travis at the end of the month for 6 weeks of training! Wow, what a huge blessing it was. So after about a week of me trying to get out Ramstein on a hop I finally was able to at least make it to Dover on a C17. Not the comfiest 9 hours sitting in a jump seat in a cold and very loud cargo plane but it was a free flight and a fun little adventure. I finally made it to California despite a few hiccups along the way. The C17 I was on was supposed to go all the way to Travis but ended up dropping all of passengers off in Dover. Thankfully being in ministry especially military ministry you meet a lot of people and so you kind of have connections all over the world. We had friends in Dover who were gracious enough to pick me up, feed me, let me hang out with them and then the next day they took me to the Baltimore airport so I could fly home. Of course we stopped at chic fil a before the airport and it was amazing! I had been craving it!
It was so nice to go home for a bit and be around family and hang out with my sister and nephews. My brother and sister in law were even there for a week! The older I get the more I realize how important family is, and how it’s so easy to take them for granted until you can’t be around them as much. Colby followed me about a week and half later and we were both able to get some good family time in. Thankfully his classes were not too bad, he was usually done by noon or so. The Lord was so gracious to us by allowing us so much time in the states. It was especially good to be around family while being pregnant. Pretty sure I had an iced coffee from Peets or Dutch Bros every day for like the first week or two I was home 🙂 It was wonderful!! All of our American cravings were met! My sister and mom threw me an amazing baby shower (or is it babies shower) anyways it was a huge blessing! Colby and I were also able to celebrate our 1 year anniversary while in California, so we went to Monterey for a couple days. We went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Laguna Seca (Colbys favorite), and the beach. It was so fun and relaxing!
Colby took some leave so we could spend some time with his family in Kansas before heading back. That was a wonderful time as well. We packed a lot into a couple weeks. I was able to spend some good time with Chandler my sister in law and her twin boys! I got a little taste of what to expect 🙂 We took them to the pool and did some swimming which was so nice and relaxing. We were able to go spend some time on the farm with his aunt and uncle and of course Colby was put right to work and loved every second of it! Colby’s family also threw us a babies shower, needless to say these little ones are so loved! It is a huge comfort to Colby and I to know that we have such amazing family and friends who love our kids before they are even born and want to take care of them and us. We are truly blessed. Well, a couple weeks flew by and it was time to head back to Germany.
We flew from Kansas to Dallas and Dallas to Frankfurt. Wouldn’t you know it, our flight from Kansas to Dallas was delayed by almost 2 hours, which means once we landed in Dallas we basically had to run to get to our connecting flight, we arrived and were some of the last people to get on the plane! BUT we made it and it was a good workout before our 9 hour flight across the ocean! We landed early morning in Frankfurt and headed back to our house tired and worn out from the trip. Our friends had been watching our house for us and when we arrived there was a beautiful bouquet of flowers and some food waiting. It was such a sweet surprise! Well, once we got back we didn’t really stop. We mustered up some energy and headed out to run errands. We were obviously pretty exhausted because when we went to pick up our mail from the post office there was quite bit of confusion with some of the packages. Colby went to talk to customer service and I went to take a few packages to the car. Well, before I went to the car Colby offered me the keys which I declined because the car was unlocked. So we finish up at the post office and walk back to the car and we can’t find the keys anywhere. We are on the ground looking under the car, asking the post office people, retracing our every step, and literally the keys are nowhere. So this lady comes out of the post office and clearly sees that we need some help. Luckily we were picking up our other car on base that day so she drives us to our other car which thankfully starts and great we now have a car. The only problem is we still have no idea where the key is and it’s the ONLY key to the car. We are both so tired and hungry at this point we decide to just go eat and try to figure something out from there. So we sit down to eat and Colby pulls out his wallet from his back pocket, well what comes out with the wallet…the car key!!!! I start laughing pretty hard and he just kinda shakes his head in disbelief. PRAISE THE LORD, Colby has just prayed that Lord would somehow bring us the keys and well, God answered our prayers! So we ate in peace, went and picked up the car then came home and crashed pretty hard for a couple hours. It was quite the day! Jet lag wasn’t too bad, we seem to have adjusted back pretty smoothly.
Life since we have been back has been pretty hectic! Colby had to go back to work the morning after we go back. We found a car Praise the Lord, that will fit the twins! It’s a Volkswagen Turbo Diesel. Lots of trunk space and room in the backseat! Its very exciting! The house is slowly coming together with baby things. Cribs, swings, rock and plays are all being set up. I am working on transforming our closet room to a baby room/guest room. Thankfully our friends have been gracious enough to help us out! We have done some fun things as well. Ramstein won some wing eating contest and a free Eli Young Band concert was the prize, so we went to that which was a lot of fun! Before the concert we had some friends over for a BBQ, kinda like a tailgate party but not really because it was at our house! I also planted some flowers which I am very proud of! As I was walking through the German garden store I was trying to think like my mom and well that was not helping. I should have paid more attention to her gardening lessons and now I am regretting it! So we will see if I can keep them alive, it has only been a few days and so far so good 🙂 The weather here is getting hotter and hotter. AND yes Germans have no AC in their houses, most of their stores and hospitals actually. So if you need to go out to a German store you make it fast! Keeping the rolladens down during the day and a fan at night seem to be helping.
Well that seems to be it for now. That’s what I call a quick synopsis of the past 7 months of our lives. I will try to keep this updated a little better with any exciting news. Like when the babies come! Things are about to seriously change for the better though and Colby and I couldn’t be more excited meet these little ones, see what they look like and learn all about them! Thank you all for your prayers, love and support! It was wonderful to see so many of you when we were home. We really do miss you all and can’t wait to introduce our little ones to you!