Babies are napping, the wind is blowing hard outside and I am waiting for the downpour of rain to hit! Fall is here in Germany and has been since basically the middle of August. We get some nice days but wind and rain are pretty much the norm here. I love the fall weather!
Well a lot has happened since the last time I wrote anything on the blog. The Babies turned 1!! I can hardly believe that, they are growing so fast! We have moved houses and we are loving our new little village. It is a very small farming village and we live right next door to our landlord who we have become friends with! There is also an older lady who lives a couple houses down from us, she is affectionately known as “gaga” and is like the neighborhood grandma! She comes over occasionally and we go over to her house so she can play with the babies, she loves them! I love watching her play with them, it makes me miss my nana and grandma.
Esther and Stephen are so busy these days! They started walking at about 10 months, and now they are basically running! They don’t stop unless they are forced to, meaning unless they are eating or put down to sleep! One of their favorite things to do is empty all my cupboards while I cook or empty all the drawers in the bathroom while I attempt to get ready. Oh they are so full of it! They love to dance, to any music they hear, we will be in a store and if they hear music they will start moving their little bodies to the beat, it cracks Colby and I up. As far as getting along goes well we are still working on that. Esther is usually the more dominate one (you know being older by a whole 16 minutes) and Stephen tends to follow her all around the house and take whatever she has. She will most of the time let him get away with it but occasionally she goes after him to get back whatever he has taken. Just the other day he took something from her and Colby and I both look over and Stephen is on the ground and Esther is on top of him taking back whatever it was he took, needless to say we had to step in and rescue Stephen. It was quite funny. They make a great pair and I know one day they will love each other and play well together! We do have those moments. They are starting to jabber to one another, and they giggle at each other. I love sitting back (when I get the chance) and just watch them play.
Esther Sue is my little jabber box, she is so full of life! She is my cuddle bug, face maker, dancing queen, needs less sleep than anyone in the house, and boss lady! She is still going to physical therapy for torticollis but she has improved a ton. Her physical therapist is very happy with the progress she has made. She has to wear KT tape w
hich she isn’t too fond of having put on but once it’s on she barely notices it. She is a little copy cat, she loves to try to repeat words and she is pretty good at it. She is a smart one! She is also my social butterfly, she lights up around people!
Stephen oh my little Stephen that boy wanted to run before he could walk and now he runs and half the time trips over everything in his path because he doesn’t seem to care to look before he runs. He is a giggly little boy and has just figured out how to climb and now wants to climb all over the furniture. Little bubba is always near his sister, he follows her around and likes to be where she is, usually to take whatever it is she is playing with. He also is my shy boy. If we go out in public he usually sticks pretty close to me, doesn’t like to go to many people. I am ok with that, I know it won’t last forever!
Life here in Germany is going well overall. Not long ago we attended a wedding at a castle on the Rhine River, it was beautiful! Talk about a fairy tale wedding! It was a very small wedding with close friends from the house, it was a lot of fun! We have been able to spend some time this past month with Julia and Horace and that has been so fun! We went to see them for Kiah, Kenzi, and Titus’ birthday, that was so much fun, it was at a horse ranch and the babies were able to have their first pony ride! Stephen wasn’t too sure about it but Esther didn’t want to get off! It is like a little piece of home when we spend time with them! Colby’s Aunt also visited recently and we went on a Rhine River cruise with her, it was fun to have family here for a short time! We have been hanging out a lot with our friends from the hospitality house. The Lord has blessed us with wonderful close friends who love us like family! One couple in particular we have become really close with, Joel and Rebecca, they are like our family away from family over here! Rebecca is like a sister to me and I go over and hang out with her quite often. I help Joel lead worship on Sunday nights at the house. Another family from the house we have grown close with watches the babies for us about once a week or so. They have 2 little girls who love the babies and it is such a huge blessing, it allows me to get errands done! We will be missing all of them for sure when we leave, they are life long friends!
Colby has been super busy with work! We are still trying to figure out what our future looks like. Prayer is very much appreciated as we figure out our next steps. We are thankful for where the Lord has us right now, He is always showing us grace and His faithfulness. We are so very blessed. Being so far from family is very hard but I know the Lord has us here for a purpose so we press on with our eyes fixed on Him!
Here are some Pictures from the past few months for your viewing pleasure!