I was sitting on a train bound for Stuttgart, Germany to meet Sebastian’s family. We had met during our first few weeks of college at Creighton University and detecting an accent, I asked where he was from. I was a French major and always interested when I met people from other countries. After taking a … Continue reading Untertuerkheim: My Home Away from Home
1. Maximilian’s first grade year is coming to an end and he came home upset that he didn’t get to say good bye to a friend who moved away. A few refugee children were in his class and one in particular became a really good friend of his. We found out that he moved to … Continue reading A Few QT
I heard the terrible news this summer that my friend Betsy’s husband was fighting for his life; he had an aggressive form of renal cancer. This family has been on my mind and in my heart more or less constantly ever since. Maybe it is because I lost a little brother to cancer a … Continue reading Three Ways to Support a Family who Experiences a Loss
Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi here in Germany and I thank God that I live in our new town after experiencing this holiday, Mainz-style. Although it is not a holy day of obligation, we went to Mass and the whole place was packed with retirees, single people, moms, dads and kids. After Mass, … Continue reading The Feast of Corpus Christi in Mainz
‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food… “Mom, what’s for dinner?” “Honey, I’m craving pickles and I just got comfortable. Will you get them?.” “Can I have more yogurt?” I was thirsty and you gave … Continue reading I used to think my kids stopped me from serving those in need.
I just came home from a trip to the US after more than two years away. It was wonderful to be home and very interesting to see how my family and I have changed during our time away. These were the most salient feelings I experienced during those weeks in the States. As much as … Continue reading My Trip to the USA after Two Years Away
Two years ago, I was excited about moving my family to Wiesbaden, Germany. When my German husband told me that he was offered a job there, I didn’t think twice about moving our family to this new place. I had spent time studying abroad in undergrad, my husband and I loved backpacking in the summers … Continue reading 6 things I tell friends who are in the throes of culture shock in Germany