4 years ago we packed up and moved from Washington State to Germany. It was an adventure we were looking forward to and boarded the plane full of excitement and a little bit of anxiety (traveling with a 15 month old, 3 month old and 2 cats adds a tiny touch of stress!).
We made it and settled into our home and routines. We were able to travel to some of Europe’s most beautiful cities and stunning countrysides. We watched our daughters grow from babies to sweet, beautiful little ladies. My hair has added a gray strand (or maybe 2), I went from my 20’s into the 30’s. JG jumped into his 40’s. We struggled as a couple and as parents. I like to think we ended this 4 year assignment ahead of the game. At a better point in our lives. Maybe we all grew up a bit.
We moved out of our home yesterday and walking away was a little bittersweet. My girls grew up here. All of their earliest memories will have taken place here. They are excited to move back to the United States even though they have no idea how different life will be there. I am happy they are embracing this time with joy rather than fear. I wouldn’t blame if they were scared as this is a huge move for a 4 & 5 year old. Yet, they act like they have done this a dozen times already.
I have a huge mix of emotions as I type this. I have loved this assignment, for the most part, and being able to live in Europe was something JG and I wanted to do. I will miss many things about Germany but I am ready to get back to the USA! I have grown to appreciate the slower pace of life here and I will imagine that I will miss this sooner than I expected.
My 5 year old will start kindergarten in August so this move comes at the most perfect time. We are ending one chapter in our lives and beginning a new, exciting one for our family. I am looking forward to the future but will embrace these memories for the rest of my life.