Friday, November 15, 2019

Take 367

7 Quick Takes Friday
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There are a lot of things that I've had a hard time with during this pregnancy... my brain being a major issue on more than a few occasions. I'd like to let you in on the fact that I, in my 4th month of pregnancy, cut a whole 100 Quick Take posts off of my count. That's right, in August, I was at Take 353... the very next week I had downgraded to 254 Takes. Yeah. Pregnancy Brain strikes again. 

I'm honestly torn a little on whether to fix it. LOL.
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Last week, I got to go on retreat! It was absolutely wonderful to get away, take walks on a beautiful property, meet some lovely women, listen to good talks, spend time in prayer, and come home refreshed. It was good timing, too. I've got a whopping 4 weeks of work left before my maternity leave starts, and yes. I'm actually really physically tired these days and this Tuesday marks Trimester 3 for me, so I'm looking at my last 4 weeks of work like a mini-finish-line. (The other one being pushing the baby out... but ya know.)
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I may be the only American in the history of the world to visit Ireland for the first time and drink not one beer. I think I need a t-shirt. LOL. (A maternity sized one?)

(For the record, I'm not opposed to a beer while pregnant... I just simply wasn't offered one. #Retreat)
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I absolutely loved to hear the disdain on the lips of the women of Ireland in regard to American bacon. Guys. The hatred was seeping. I can't wait to get some authentic Irish bacon on my next visit... because apparently I don't know a *thing* about proper bacon. 
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You know, we live really far away. Our community of friends is kind, but when you gear up to grow your family, it's easy to reminisce about the community surrounding you when you last birthed a baby... But let me tell you. My neighbors have been so unbelievably generous. I mean, look at this:
This is the pile of hand-me-downs that I got from friends was like the loaves and fishes--enough clothes to clothe our new baby for probably a year... plus 4 bags of clothes leftover! When I thanked one of the neighbors, her response was, "This is how it should always be." Amen.
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Want to have your mind blown? Check out this silverware organizer. Right?!
--- 7 ---
I just finished reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Great read!

Happy Friday! 

Sunday, November 03, 2019

October Captures

October in all of its glory has arrived! No complaints from this lady.


I think we've had pretty reasonable weather this month for Hamburg... for which I'm very grateful. Or, maybe I'm just getting used to it? It was a fun month for photography and I pulled the camera out more than a few times for fun. 





Wishing you all a fabulous November! Hoping you continue to enjoy all things orange and pumpkin until November 29... when we can put it all away... and start the next glorious season of Advent :)

Friday, November 01, 2019

Take 266

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Yesterday was Halloween... and thanks to Martin Luther, we get it as a bank holiday because it's also the anniversary of the Reformation. I would just like to say that Halloween is the minimalist/Marie Kondo enthusiast's nightmare. I firmly believe in "Making do" with what we have in the house... but then I'm quick to discover that we don't keep anything that's not our normal clothes... And our dress up "box" doesn't really exist. Thank the good Lord for the two princess dresses from my coworker... #WIN
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I thought you might like to see what German trick-or-treating loot looks like... because it's hard for me to even remember what American candy buckets were filled with... We have no skittles, reese's peanut butter cups, hershey's, twirlers (sob), butterfingers... etc. 
Some of these American candies can be bought in the stores, it's just that Halloween isn't big enough for all of these companies to sell the snack size version for Halloween.
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I laughed my way through this NYT video this morning. It's all true. Pretty amazing. I'm still not quite processing the fact that we have this opportunity to live in Europe. It's really life changing in a way that's hard to describe.
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Did you know that you can purchase a new notebook... that's a whiteboard?! 

My mind is blown.
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In case you missed it, I gave a little window into being pregnant in Germany on my other blog... but I had to mention here that my midwife appointment was today. AND! I found out that she will massage my hips and legs to decrease sciatica pain... and is willing to work with me weekly while it's still a problem. People. In my own home. It's so amazing.
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I finally bit the bullet and tried to figure out how to buy sheets for our American-sized double bed with EU-sized sheets. I purchased a new, soft fitted sheet for our bed... and let me tell you, folks. It said "flannel"... but this ain't no regular flannel. It's... luxurious.
And no. It didn't come with a top sheet... that's simply not done here. LOL.
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In exactly one week I'll be flying over Europe to land in Ireland... (my first time there!) I'll get to go to the Shine Retreat hosted by Blessed is She... and I won't be blogging. I'll be taking the week off and enjoying myself. Thanks, Brian, for sending me! See you all in two weeks!

Happy Friday! 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Take 265

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Brian is home! 9.5 days on a business trip and everyone--especially me--is very glad to have him home. Which reminds me that I should do my part to research how all the pro-moms with regularly traveling husbands do this. It's an endurance test. 
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I finally bit the bullet and bought a forehead thermometer. My kids don't quite get the "under the tongue" deal and now we have a thermometer that works both in the ear or scanning over the forehead. I feel like I need a masters degree to understand it. But, thankfully it's not just EU happy and gives me Fahrenheit when I ask. #WIN
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I had my socks blown completely off this week as I watched my neighbor clean morning dew off of his side view mirrors of his car with a sponge on a handle. It looks like a scraper, but it's just a sponge that wipes away water off the mirrors. Guys. In a town like ours--it's hardly ever ice, but rains a LOT... and by the way is dark for many hours a day in the winter... it's totally genius.
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Why does Pinterest only show me lists? I used to like scrolling through fun ideas for this topic or that category... now they all say "7 ways" or "Top 10 ideas" or "90 things to do..." Seriously people. I get attributing to an actual website... but those pins make Pinterest completely unusable in my humble opinion.
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Ok: one more app pet peeve: Why can't I see instagram profile photos enlarged? That little circle is SO small. Am I getting old??
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We've been enjoying Our Planet as a family. It's fun to watch high quality videos of the earth and learn something... This week I discovered Macarenia, a plant with pink blooms in fresh water rivers. It's beautiful.
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The kids and I enjoyed the slow way home one day this week to take advantage of the beautiful weather. There's a road we can take home that is horse farms almost the whole drive... and it's beautiful. People, if you get Autumn where you are, don't miss it! It's gorgeous.



Happy Friday!