Hello Monday!

It’s been a while.  I have been super busy here. Prepping a family of five for a move to Germany is no small feat. We are leaving in June, our countdown is officially on. Hopefully this week, we will get the official orders that we need to have in order to schedule the shipment of our family vehicle and the packing of our household goods. Once those dates are on the calendar things will start to move super fast.

I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I have read or was reading the KonMari  Method book…The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. While I have not completed each category in my home, I do see the value of keeping things that bring me joy and ridding my home of the things that do not. As a military wife the purge part of a move is so important. Not taking things that weigh you down, things that your family does not need, that bring you stress, that your kids have out grown…etc, etc, etc. The countless trips for donations, items for sale and simply putting something at the curb for a treasure hunter to take away; this has been the bread and butter of cleaning and prep this past month. This month, I am sorting through what is left, categorizing into bins and storing it on the shelf space that I will have with me in Germany. Thankfully the military will store stuff that we are wanting to keep but cannot take with us to Germany. Now it is the deciding what goes, what goes to storage and what goes to Germany….all.the.fun.things.

Speaking of fun things…I have to test for an international drivers license and I can start 60 days before we arrive in country. Ed and I have traveled in Europe and rented a car while on vacation several years back. No special license needed then. Since we will be living in Germany and not just vacationing there we have to have a special license….one more thing to my ToDo list. Oh and German language courses online. I started one of those…I can’t hold a conversation in German yet…but I do have good word (written word) recognition so far. I am adding German language to our homeschool curricula this week and I’m pretty sure Ren will pick it up pretty quick.

Add preparing our home for the rental market…and ALL.THE.THINGS. We found a property manager and just finished updating the kitchen this past weekend. New appliances (except the refrigerator) are in and a crisp white tile backsplash is up. The wallpaper is down and I am loving the white cleanliness of it all. Once we are all packed up and moved into a hotel (May calendar) we will have painters come and new carpet laid down.

Our sweet Guinea Pig girls have a new home waiting to receive them as do our 5 chickens. We will miss the wide open spaces of this home, the sweet pets and fresh eggs.  I never viewed the “American Dream” (for myself) as a home with land, chickens, a big garden, etc. I certainly do now. Living here in Ohio has given me a glimpse of the life and type of home I want for my family when Ed’s military career is over. I am grateful for the time we have had here, the insight it has given us and the lessons we have learned.

Any advice, ideas, helpful suggestions are welcome. Wish me luck, send happy thoughts, pixie dust, prayers and a spoonful of sugar will all be good…We have a lot to do this month…April, I hope you are kind to me!



Linking up with Johannah and Heather for Hello Monday!


14 thoughts on “Hello Monday!”

  1. I’ve heard so many good things about that book!! I really need to read it sometime soon. I totally suffer from ADCD too. Story of my life…lol.

    1. It’s a good book. I read through all of it but never had the time dedicated to go through each category. Although now that we are moving I kinda am. I am glad I read the book. It helps my perspective for sure!

  2. Phew! I was tired just reading about everything you need to get done! I’ve never moved to another country but I’ve moved quite a few times and one of the most helpful things for me was color coding all the boxes with a sticker and then having a legend at our new house so anyone helping us would know which box went where. Not sure if that’s helpful to you, but I thought I’d throw it out there. 🙂 Good luck!

    1. Thanks for the tip Shani! I was going to label each box with a kids name or whatever…but color coding would probably be better….i have a lot of sharpies too!

  3. I didn’t know you’d have to get a German DL. I would be freaking out but as you know… you are made of stronger stuff than me. You are handling this move oh so well. I would have lost it a time or 10 by now.

    1. I am freaking out…this is me freaking out….LOL. You are stronger than you are giving yourself credit for!

    1. We are excited for the adventure for sure! I am so thankful that they store stuff for us…I can’t imagine trying to take all the things that we cannot use there but want to keep. Storage is so minimal there.

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