-joel deployed last year in may, and i stopped writing because there was little i could say of the stuff that consumed my every moment. he was literally on a top secret kind of assignment, and there was very little he could tell me, and even less i could tell anyone else. so for the sake of OPSEC (operational security-a military term akin to "loose lips sink ships") i shut 'er down.
-he returned, safely, 6 months later with a few awards and no stories to share (officially)
-we found out in march-ish that we were expecting our second little one, then found out shortly after we are having a little girl. i am due 9 november, making me 31 weeks right now!
-we also found out in march that we would be soon moving to germany. we arrived here mid july and have been enjoying the sights and smells (well, not all the smells) since.
so that's the highlights. a lot of other things happened, but nothing really worth mentioning. i absolutely love germany, but have definitely dealt a little with the isolation that being half way around the world with limited internet connectivity and having no cell phone can bring.
bella is now almost 3 and i have been planning her birthday while trying to prepare for the new baby. we haven't received our household goods yet, which makes it 9 weeks since i've seen my comfy bed, or any of the other things i have almost forgotten i own. but they should be here by the end of next week and i will be in hog heaven!
i have started really feeling the need to nest, which leads me to a lot of frustration, as we only have what we came over here with (3 suitcases, 1 of which was entirely filled with uniforms and military accouterments) and the few items we have bought out of necessity (pillows and blankets and a few pieces of cool weather clothes).
for now, i will leave you with some pictures of the few weeks we have been here.
main street (hauptstrasse), heidelberg, germany
walking up to the castle in heidelberg
heidelberg, over the neckar river