According to the Deutsche postal service, we live in the town of Homburg, Germany. (Pronounced: “Home-burg”.)
But as confusing as it may be, we claim to live in the town of Waldmohr, Germany.
Homburg and Waldmohr border each other and our front yard is essentially on the dividing line. So while our house is technically in Homburg, we consider Waldmohr to be our village.
Does that make sense? Ok, good.
Waldmohr is in the southwestern region of Germany — 1.5 hours from Frankfurt and a short 30 minute drive from the eastern border of France.
Although we are only a 20 minute drive from Ramstein Air Base (and the 60,000 Americans that live in the surrounding area), we feel very much immersed in our German village.
Our 1950s house is the last on a dead end street, making it very quiet and secluded.
There is a walking trail directly off our driveway that will get you to 2 small grocery stores in about 5 minutes: Edeka and Penny (which are directly across from each other).
Edeka is essentially a smaller version of Kroger and carries almost everything you need. Penny is even smaller than Edeka, but has a nice organic section. There is also a small bakery next to Penny, where you can buy fresh bread of any kind.
Off the opposite side of our house, there are woods with more walking trails. In Germany, almost everything is closed on Sunday so it is very common to see families out walking on this day. William and I have started a tradition of going to church, eating lunch, then taking a walk. I definitely look forward to this true day of rest!
The Waldmohr ‘lake’ is a peaceful 15 minute walk from our house. It also happens to be one of the few places where I almost forget I’m living in a different country.
And the Jägersburg “lake(s)” are a 5 minute drive from our house (although we could walk there as well). Jägersburg is another small town bordering ours and they are known for their lakes. Lakes on lake on lakes! (Which are actually a bit more like ponds to us).
We LOVE living so close to this area. The German’s LOVE to walk (all ages!) and spend the day outside with their family. You can simple walk for miles around the many lakes… or you can make pit stops for feeding ducks, playgrounds, mini-golf, obstacle courses, zip-lining, ice cream, pizza, biergartens, or even a nap! Seriously, this place is unreal.
There is also a bakery, flower shop, school, church, hotel… many restaurants, stores, parks… all walking distance from our house.
We feel unbelievably blessed to be a part of this community.
It’s hard to believe our Household Goods were only delivered a month and a half ago — it feels like we have been settled here for much longer. We have really enjoyed making our 2nd house (in 2 years) a home… but we’re also still adjusting to some things:
- All of the SPACE… We went from 1 bed, 1 bath to 3 bed, 2.5 baths! In St. Louis, I could vacuum our entire home from 1 outlet — now I have 3 floors to keep clean! 🙂
- Peace & quiet… We went from a home on a well lit-busy-city street with 24/7 noise and action… to the last home on a one way-dead end-street where you really never hear anything more than birds singing. Oh… and an amazing view of the STARS!
- Recycling… We pretty much have this paper, plastic, glass, bio, and trash separation thing figured out… but it’s not completely second nature yet.
- Closets… or lack thereof. Our home has ZERO closets. Not even a linen closet. Luckily, the military loaned us 3 wardrobes, which we were able to use (in addition to other clothing racks) to make a “closet room”. Needless to say, we are still getting use to going from room to room to room while getting ready and are getting creative with storage.
- German neighbors… We went from knowing all of our neighbors by name… to not being able to say much more than “halo” with a smile before the conversation is over. #mustlearnGerman
I’ve always felt that home is more than 4 walls with a roof. Home should be a dwelling place of joy, rest, celebration, safety, love, and grace.
It’s so much more the place you kick off your shoes at the end of a long day — it’s where the day begins and ends. The place you always come back to — after work, errands, vacation, or from changing the world.
It holds more memories than we can count, yet welcomes us just as we are.
How could we not want to give a place as special as home our love, attention, and creativity? I’ve found that the more I give it, the more it gives me in return.
Here are some of our favorite spaces in our new German dwelling place:
This move was extra-bittersweet. We’re finding that the military forces you to learn to love where you are, yet never forgetting where you came from.
Of course, we miss many people, places, and things in St. Louis, Atlanta, Birmingham… the United States in general… but we’ve made a choice to live in the present. The here and now. Where the Lord has placed us — where the Lord has deemed RIGHT & GOOD.
Oh, how He has been immeasurably faithful to us on this journey of moving home sweet homes.
To Him be the Glory.
“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” Proverbs 24:3-4