Seven months ago, we moved to Weissenfels, Germany. When we got there we felt lonely and confused. We were so close to moving back home. We prayed and prayed about staying and what to do. Finally, we felt that staying would be our best option. I think that is a decision we will never regret.
I will never say it was something that was easy; adjusting to new food, a new culture, a new language, etc. etc. However, it is something we will never ever forget; the friends we made, the places we visited, and the experience we had.
A few weeks ago, when I was in America- I called Matt one morning and he told me he just had a meeting with his manager. He said they were trying to get some things worked out to get another player, because one had recently been injured, and they wanted us to leavE! I felt sick! I was in America, and felt completely helpless. Nothing ended up happening...
I returned to Germany as planned and we had the funnest couple of weeks. After being home and returning to Germany, I felt like we should make the most of the time that we had spending together, being in a beautiful country.
Well, about 2 weeks after I was home, Matt walked in the house after practice one day and said we were going home. In between the two weeks they had found another player.
So, basically they bought out Matt's contract with 2 months left in the season! It was determined that Matt was going to receive almost all of his money, close enough I guess. They new player would be moving into our apartment and getting our car. We had 3 days to leave! We tried to get it worked out so we could stay a little bit longer, but nothing seemed to work out.
Okay, so I was really upset about the whole situation, the way that Matt was treated. I guess part of me felt like, Matt came here and brought his family, Germany was home to us, we had a lot of great friends, and we were given 3 days to say goodbye and move everything!
But, instead of feeling bitter, or upset, I am going to remember what an Incredible, life changing experience we had! The last 3 days before we left were Perfect! Couldn't have been any better (besides the frantic packing and cleaning).
Our little family @ Katrin and Basti's new house party :)
Some great friends, Sophie and Silke
Sylke, Missy, and little Zeke man
Katrin and I
Katrin, us, and Basti
Of course I had to snap these men singing in German-- I really should have recorded them because they were pretty dang good...
The good thing about leaving the Albrecht's is that they will be back in Utah in a year! The whole year we kept telling each other what a blessing it was that both ended up in that specific place in Germany-- of all places we could have moved! I believe they were an answer to our prayers :)
And yes...I lived there- it is beautiful!
Sylke had us over for one last dinner, along with the Gilberts and Annina and her kids!
Little Caroline- I always tried talking to her in German, and she probably wondered why in the heck I couldn't talk very well? Kind of funny, but we love her!
Sylke and Christian. From the moment we found out we were moving to Germany, Sylke was there to help. She e-mailed me before I even moved there. I don't think I have ever met anyone who served as much as she did. She was also an answer to our many prayers and we love them and will miss them!
Annina is Christian's cousin, and in the 7 months she learned quite a bit of English :)
Another farewell, the following morning at church. I absolutely loved going to church, and although we didn't speak their language, these people took us in and treated us like family. I will always hold a special place in my heart for the church members we met in Germany.
Nicole and her father (Nicole spoke very good English)
This wonderful woman in our ward didn't speak English very well, but she always tried to communicate with us. The day we were leaving she came up and told us how proud she was that even though we didn't speak the language, we attended church faithfully. I got a little bit emotional, because it wasn't always an easy thing driving 45 minutes to church and not being able to understand, but the spirit was always so strong that it was always worth it.
Our good friends Matthias and Patrick. Matthias spoke English really well, and we tried speaking German with Patrick :)
It was such a beautiful day I had to take a picture of our church building from the street. It is on the top floor of the farthest away building. I always find it funny, all of the amazing churches they have in Germany, that are definitely beautiful, but you walk in and it never felt the same as walking into our third story 4 room little church.
We had one last farewell at Katrin and Basti's also... everyone showing their # 31! We love you all and thanks for all your time, help, and friendships :)
The trip home was just another 24 hour trip across the world-- I must say I am getting pretty good at them, but probably won't be doing it again for quite some time! Colton was an absolute angel-- thank goodness, because leaving was hard enough! He slept for most of the flights and ate and played the rest. We flew on SWISS airlines. I HIGHLY recommend this airlines...it was the nicest plane I have ever seen. We had 4 seats, so Matt and I were both on the end and Colton had the entire middle to play :) We met some awesome people who were moving from Somalia to the USA for a better life. I thought it was tough for us to make a move, but they were moving with no future plans, just to try and find schooling and jobs. Talk about some faith!