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Mar 16, 2011

Germany On The Brain

Hi, my name is Casey and I am a control freak, worry wart, and my OCD is constantly in overdrive.

Just a short introduction about the version of myself that I am currently battling with. This whole big moving to Germany thing is bringing out all the non-fabulous qualities about myself that I strive daily to keep tucked quietly away. I have this uncontrollable urge to get everything done NOW...actually, YESTERDAY...all the while knowing that these thoughts are completely unreasonable and ridiculous. It's how I operate. It's how I cope. There is no denying that I am beyond excited about moving to Europe, but there is also no denying that we have copious amounts of i's to dot and t's to cross before June 1st. I'll even admit that I've already had a little pre-Germany meltdown, complete with tears and irrational remarks. In my defense, it's mostly because there is an abundance of question marks and a severe lacking in check marks on my Germany To-do list. This is mostly because D has yet to receive his RIP (Reporting In Procedures). Along with this RIP comes the checklist. It's basically the military's version of what to do, how to get it done, and when it needs to be completed. I NEED this for my sanity. Once it's in our hands, we can really start making plans and moving along with our preparations.

For now, we've been making due with the resources currently within our reach. We spend our evenings together on the couch Googling everything German (romantic, right?). Car insurance, housing, electricity transformers, traveling...literally everything we can think of that might make us feel like we are being productive. Sitting around and feeling helpless is not an option. One comfort to this whole moving to Europe process is having friends already there that we can incessantly hound with questions! They've all been super patient with us and we've learned alot just from their experiences abroad. Having friends scattered all around the world is one part of the this military lifestyle that I absolutely love! There really is no better resource than "been there, done that!"

I must say, D and I did have a pretty productive Sunday this past weekend thanks to daylight savings! Although, our time at church had to suffer for it (we totally forgot to set our clocks forward and slept right up until the time church would have started...Oops). We ate brunch, took the pup for a long walk, and started making progress organizing the basement. We've made our TAKE, SELL, and STORE piles, and I already feel a sense of accomplishment! Just need to pinpoint a yard sale date back home in NC with the parents and we can move forward with that part of our checklist. It's funny though. I feel like everyday D comes home with yet another thing to add to our list. Check one thing off, add 2 more. But that's life, right? Just as you think there can't possibly be anything else to add, life throws a few more curve balls your way. It's all in how you come out on the other side of things that makes the ride worthwhile. For now, we are taking things one day at a time, one step at a time. I'm always striving to let go and let God do His thing. Let the chips fall where they may because I was never in control to begin with. I know this will prove to be yet another test of faith and patience for me. Oh, how He knows me so well!

Guess we did have a little fun organizing.
The ever-growing SELL pile!
I heard a song on our local Christan music station the other morning as I was driving to spin class and it made me smile. The song was Francesca Battistelli's "This Is The Stuff" and it couldn't have come on the radio at a more perfect moment. If you haven't heard the song or had the chance to read the lyrics, you are missing out. It speaks volumes of how we all get so caught up in what's wrong with our lives that we forget how blessed we truly are. In that moment it was like, "Hello God...nice to see you today...thanks for slapping that one across my face!" Don't you feel like that sometimes? Like He did that specific mind blowing thing just for you? To humble you? Well, that one was just for me that day. Dually noted, Lord. It's true...in the middle of my little {European} mess, I forget how big I'm blessed!


  1. http://www.lifelessonsmilitarywife.blogspot.com/

    Here is a wonderful blog that I've found helpful for our upcoming move. Lots of info on there.... Taking pets, what to leave home, how things work, etc. Awesome blog. I also have a pretty good amount of other websites I visit for spang such as the bookoo site, yard sale page (for off base housing) and a saber spouse page for spang spouses. I'm just like you, i'm a pre planner. I want things done yesterday!

  2. That checklist would frighten me! I guess knowing it doesn't have to be done today or tomorrow, does it? From the sounds of things you are really organized which will make the move much easier.

    I'm a new follower from The Thrifty Military.

  3. that is a impressive checklist!

    I am following you (suelee1998) from the blog hop, you have a great site. Would you please follow me back? http://susansdisneyfamily.blogspot.com/
    thank you :)


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