Tomorrow we will board the plane at 10:10am headed home to the United States. Home. Yet, not really home. We will be living out of a suitcase the entire summer bouncing from one family member/friend to the next. We won't have a home until we move to Saudi Arabia and it will be incomplete because Eliza will not be with us. This is what I will miss about Germany. Our time in Germany is the last time I will have had our entire family living together as a unit.
This expat experience has been rewarding on so many levels, but it has also been socially isolating for all of us. As a family we have turned to each other for most of our fun, encouragement, play, and emotional support. I have closer relationships with my children because with our 'smaller than normal' church community, I was their seminary teacher, and youth leader.
In 5 years we've not had a working TV. That is not to say we didn't find shows to watch on the internet, but not having easy access to TV media has allowed us to disengage from a lot of the garbage out there. It has encouraged better conversations around the dinner table.
I will miss our family life style in Germany. I know the changes upon us are all good, necessary and intended changes, but if I could keep us all together here just a little longer, I would.
Thank you Germany for providing our family with such a rich and rewarding experience. We've grown in so many ways because of our time in your country and I will miss you!