Guten Morgen Xangaland!

Willkommen to the Blooming Fields of Germany.


Here in the Eiffel (which is what the area we live in is called) there are little fields of flowers dotting the landscape.… Ryan and I finally stopped to see just what these fields are for and we got a wonderful surprise!


In this simple area of farmland fields of flowers are planted on the outskirts of the crops.… Small trailers are then set up with donation boxes. The idea is to bring your own shears and vase and cut your own flowers.


It was such a beautiful day… the perfect day to pick flowers…


The suggested donation is 50 Euro cents, which is about 62 cents… And for that you can pick a beautiful bouquet for your home….


Aren’t they just fabulous?


They get more beautiful with every day…


You can bet that I’ll be back to do this again and again… and if any of you visit during the spring and summer months there will be fresh cut flowers awaiting you!


Auf Wiedersehen!


This is So true it’s a little scary… lol… anyone that knows me would agree with this I think… except I don’t really run around with Batleth and roar insults!


Your results:
You are Worf


Mr. Sulu

Jean-Luc Picard

Geordi LaForge

Beverly Crusher

Will Riker

Deanna Troi

An Expendable Character (Redshirt)


James T. Kirk (Captain)

Mr. Scott




Leonard McCoy (Bones)

You are trained in the art of combat
and are usually intimidating.

Click here to take the “Which Star Trek character are you?” quiz…



Hmm… Have I ever mentioned that I’m a Trekie?  Probably not… does this come as a shock? 

LOL and no I don’t know the WHOLE Klingon language… just a little.


(that means goodbye, farewell, or have success… take your pick… I mean them all!)


Ich fassen in Märchen!


…and so it is true… when someone tells you the weather is unpredictable they aren’t joking!  Yesterday it was 97 humid and still and today it’s 68 windy and storming… thunder and lighting…  yesterday I could not get cool and today I need a sweater… amazing…



     Guten Morgan Xangaland!

I can remember hearing stories when I was a little girl… stories of princesses and mermaids, of children lost in the woods and a girl locked in a tower who let a prince climb her hair to save her…

Who could have ever guessed that I would live in the land that inspired those tales that I heard as a child. Tales about a land so far away it never seemed it could be real. And yet here I sit in the middle of a forest that holds these tales within it.


I have to walk but a few hundred yards from my front door and I am engulfed in The Black Forest. When I walk into the tree line it is as if the very woods hold their breath… I have never heard such quite as there is here.


There is a magic here… a history you can feel surrounding you… You can almost believe in the tales that were born from this forest. There are paths that lead in and out of these trees shrouded in mist that does not burn off for the sun does not touch the ground here.


There are trees so old and twisted you could imagine them witnessing a small boy and girl walking through the forest dropping little white pebbles. There are stones that look as if they once were part of a castle that held a beast long forgotten… Paths that you can almost see Little Red Riding hood skipping down… or a wicked huntsman leading a small and beautiful girl to her death.  So many things from the imagination just outside my door


I invite you to come here and witness this magic with me. Come sit on a rock or a fallen log covered in moss and just listen. You can almost hear it… a voice softly calling from the next clearing, in which stands an old and long forgotten tower…

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
Let down thy hair to me.”


Ich fassen in Märchen! (I believe in Fairy-tales!)

Auf Wiedersehen.



Guten Morgen Xangaland!
Thank you for all of your well wishes and prayers!  I am feeling much better but it has been a couple of miserable days…  Remind me to never get sick in the summer in Germany, with no AC.  The last few days here have been miserably hot…  Yesterday we reached a record high of 97 degrees with a stifling 65% humidity.  I know some of you are rolling your eyes and comparing that to the weather back home but let me ask you this.  Do you have AC?  Do you have a cooler? 
Not me!  My house yesterday at 10 pm was 93 degrees…  That’s after the sun went down and it cooled off… the only relief available is a single floor fan that just blows the hot air around… and I laid in my bed the last few days sick as a dog sweating all day with no where to go and no relief… so seriously… remind me to NEVER get sick in the summer in Germany!!!
In other news, we are settling in nicely here.  This place is even beginning to feel a bit like home to us (especially with all this heat!)  I was walking into the laundry room last night to throw in a load and it hit me that I was home… and you know, I think I could really be happy here this next three years.  Sometimes it just takes a moment like that to help you feel content.
The boys are doing really well.  They are adjusting to the house and learning the walking schedule which is something none of us has ever had to deal with.  They are even starting to play with us again and with each other… which in Gandalf and Yoda speak means they are comfortable.  To be honest I think that they are just happy to be in a house with Ryan and I again.
Speaking of the boys, Ryan and I were walking them last night and you’ll never guess what we stumbled upon… A hedgehog!  I’ve never even seen one so this was a big deal.  It was a very cool little animal and I’m glad we got to see it… though Ryan was very disappointed that it wasn’t blue! Lol
Well I think I’m going to leave you all with a video… Just because I never got a chance to post it for you all.  This is my mother, Sandy, my sister, Charly, and me singing a hymn, Precious Lord… We sang it as a trio in church and thought we would record it before I left for here… so here you go… (please excuse the sound it is not of the greatest quality.  and please ignore the cukoo clock going off in the background!)
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Auf Wiedersehen!

I recieved this in my Grace Mail this morning and thought I would share it with all of you…  What an amazing thought…


In years past when shipbuilders were planning on making a great ship they knew that the life of the crew and the safety of the cargo depended upon the ship’s mainmast.

To make the mainmast they would find a straight, tall tree on the top of a mountain near the coast. Then they would cut down all the other trees around it so that it would be exposed to the full force of the angry winds and mighty gusts that blow off the sea. After many years of exposure to such harshness the tree would become stronger and stronger, its very fiber being strengthened by the intense buffeting it was experiencing day after day. Finally after many testing storms, alone on the mountaintop, the tree was ready to be trusted to be used as the mainmast of a great ship.

Do you feel like that tree, –singled out and everything around you cut away? Maybe you thought you were being picked on or “judged” by God. Instead it might be that God has marked you out for a great purpose in His kingdom plan.

  Guten Morgen!

Yesterday Ryan and I drove down to Ramstein Air Force Base to explore. We ended up having a really good time. It is a much bigger base located in Keiserslautern. It was fun to see some of the local crafts and to just drive through the country side.

I don’t really have any new news today. We are just waiting for things to get here and finish moving in. But until then I just wanted to show you this handmade sign that we watched being made especially for us yesterday!

Plaque from Germany

The castle is of course Neuschwanstein castle.  We can’t wait to go and see it!

That’s it for the day. I’ve actually been sick so I’m going back to my bed. (I would be on the couch but, um eww, I’m already sick.)  Hope all is well.

Auf Wiedersehen!


Guten Morgen (Good Morning) Xangaland!


I know that many of you have asked for us to send pictures on and honestly we’ve been so busy this past few weeks that we haven’t had much time to take any… but today I finished straightening up the apartment and thought that I should send you some pictures of our new home.


This first picture is the hallway when you first walk in the front door.  Immediately to the left is the bathroom and then the first door to the left you see is the guest room.  The door at the end of the hallway is the master and then the walkway to the right leads into the family room and kitchen.  The doors you see immediately to the right are two closets and a nick knack shelf.




This is the guest room, and as you can see the dogs room they especially like the foul loaner bed.  This will also be our office.




The master bedroom.




Here is the bathroom.  The shower is immediately left when you walk in.  See the shower head is on the wall instead of in the front… weird huh?




The other side of the bathroom, or the laundry room.  This place has tons of cabinets.




The sink and back into the shower.




The toilet and radiator.




The right side of the family room, it’s pretty good size and I love the floors.




the left side of the family room… note the cheap red sheets that will be burned when this stuff is gone!




My little patio.  I can’t wait to get one of those tall bistro tables with two chairs and put in some hanging baskets and window boxes and… and.. and… so many other things!  lol




A good picture of the how the window swings out… cool huh?




My kitchen from the family room… so many cabinets!




The kitchen bar which is great since we didn’t bring a table.




A long shot of the french cocern from out my bedroom window.  it’s beautiful and soon we’ll go down and take some good pics for you guys.




This is the building Ryan works in… He works in the second level down… the windows from the left are the men’s room and then the next two are Ryan’s break room… his office is across the hall from the break room… if I get a good set of binoculars I can check to make sure he’s not cheating on his diet! LOL




Well there you have it, a mini tour of our new home.  There will be many more pictures coming soon… Hope you all enjoyed these.  


Auf Wiedersehen!



Guten Tag Xangaland, from the land of fairytales!

I have missed you all so very much. But… I’M BACK!! We are in the house and have the internet hooked up so even though we are living with minimal furniture and just about everything else the important things are taken care of! LOL

We are all moved into the house now and are just settling in. It is so much nicer than I was led to believe, even if it is just an apartment. It is about 1100 square feet and has tile and hardwood floors which are just beautiful. The kitchen and bathroom in this place are bigger than any I have had in any house so that makes up for what it lacks a little. We have the loaner furniture in and I don’t think I can stress enough just how anxious I am for mine to get here! I don’t think this furniture has been cleaned once in the 20 odd years it’s been going from family to family for a few months a pop. The couch and chairs are a hideous velvety material that is all plastered down with various unidentified body fluids… shudder… the chairs smell strongly of cat pee and the couch has huge body grease stains along the arms and back… the bed is… there are no words… um yes there are… how about these… they delivered the bed at 11 am on Tuesday and by 3pm on Tuesday we had gone to all the stores on base and found one that had a queen in stock, bought it, borrowed the GOV to get it home, carried it with no help up the five flights of stairs to our apartment, and set it up. How ‘bout them words? The good news is that Ryan called TMO today and they said the boat is ahead of schedule and our stuff should be here sometime in the next two weeks, the car too. I’ll believe it when I see it but it’s nice to have a little hope.

Speaking of the car, one of the airmen in Ryan’s office has loaned us his junker car for the remainder of our wait… so we are mobile which is just wonderful. Of course if he needs it back for anything he has first dibs… but it’s nice to know that we can explore a little and get a forgotten item at the commissary or BX without walking two miles!

Okay back to the apartment. There are so many subtle differences in the way the houses are built here but so far there aren’t any that we don’t enjoy. For instance the showers have the spray nozzle on the side wall instead of one of the ends… it’s weird to get used to but I quickly realized it’s much more efficient and you have a lot more room. Another difference is the windows. The swing open wide or you can tilt them in from the top but they don’t slide… it actually helps with circulation and you can keep them open in the rain. They also have a window shutter that you can raise and lower from inside called a black out shutter. They have them because in the summer it is light here until about 10:30pm.

Speaking of the strange lighting… In one of our classes a lady asked if any of us knew just how far north we were. She pulled out a map and showed us some parallels. Let’s just say the bottom of Italy’s boot is the same parallel as the southern border of Canada!!! That puts us just a hair below Alaska!!! Right now in the summer it gets light at about 5am and gets dark at about 10:30pm and we have been told that in the dead of winter it doesn’t get light until about 10am and it gets dark by about 3:30pm. That is going to take some getting used to!

You are not going to believe what I’m about to do! I, a Phoenix born and raised desert rat, am going to complain about the weather! IT IS HOT!!! They are having the second hottest summer in 100 years. I know the yahoo weather tracker has been saying mid 80’s but it’s a lie. It has been in the low to mid 90’s for almost two weeks and the humidity has been in the 70%’s. I know that sounds hot but not unbearable and you’re probably wondering why I’m complaining but keep this in mind… This area had no air conditioning and I live on the third floor of the building. And though there is usually a breeze there hasn’t been one since we got here and as result there has also been a drought. In the 12 days we have been here it has only rained one time. So it is hot and sticky… Ryan and I have been taking two showers a day each, minimum. Okay I’m done complaining… LOL

Ryan is settling into his office nicely. He has already made a few friends there and to be honest so have I! The people are really great. He is enjoying the work and the feeling of belonging somewhere again. He also loves the area he works in. It’s called the French Cocern. It was built during WWII by the Luxemburg military and then was occupied by the French a few years into the war until it was over. The area is all cobblestone streets and old stone buildings… it’s beautiful and I can see it out my window since we are about half a block from Ryan’s office. That is also where our post office and library are located.

Well that’s pretty much it for now… I better go and get around to see all of you… it will probably take me a few days to get all caught up but I am coming around and visiting… Missing you, hope you are all doing well…

Auf Wiedersehen!


Song for awhile? Bach because he’s from Germany and classical just seemed to go…

And the picture on my banner is of Neuschwanstein castle here in Germany. It was built by King Ludwig II, “The Fairytale King” who bankrupt his country doing so. It is the castle that Cinderella’s castle was modeled after!

Good Morning Xangaland,


Just wanted to drop a quick note and let everyone know that we are here and have moved into our house and now have internet hooked up… we are still in the process of getting everything worked out but God has truely blessed us.  Everyone here says that things are just falling into place for us quickly and smoothly and that it isn’t like this for anyone…  We are so thankful to be reminded again and again in the little things that we are where God wants us.  Ryan is working his first whole day today in the office and I am getting a personal tour of the city of Bitburg by Ryan’s wing commander, Major Mazul’s, wife Trish today.  We will try to get on later and update everything and everyone. 


Ryan and Courtney Laube

Today we finished our second day of combat training and tomorrow is more of the same… I will say this… I will never again roll my eyes when Ryan comes home moaning and groaning about having “TWO WHOLE BRIEFINGS” in one day. Lol

Tomorrow should be a little bit exciting for us as it is an intro to the German culture day. They will be giving us a small language book and teaching us some of the most necessary phrases and then some of the customs… and then I believe we get a tour of the bases by bus…

Then on Friday we are being taken on a walking tour of Trier. It is about half and hour away, and from what we hear it is rich in history… It is said to be the oldest city in Germany at about 2200 years old and has an amazing amount of Roman ruins, including a coliseum and roman bath… They are going to teach us how to use the train system and then show us some of the sites and take us to a genuine German restaurant (though we already have a leg up on most because of our hotel here in Phillipsheim) and then they will send us back on the train and drop us off. It should be wonderful and we’ll take lots of pictures…

We get the keys to our house on Monday night and then get our loaner stuff on Tuesday… we are going to try to work out getting the internet set up as close to Tuesday as we can so that we can call you all as soon as the time zones line up. We are really excited about getting our own place and getting settled soon…

Well I better go we have to walk the dogs and explore some more of this wonderful place. We love and miss you all…

All our love

Ryan and Courtney Laube

Just a quick P.S. to you all…. For the record the German people to not eat children… not for at least 400 years now, according to our proprietor, (lol) it is not rude to smile at them! (Thank you air force…can you feel the sarcasm?) We could have easily brought our king sized bed and comfortably had it in base housing and our friend Dirk says German houses are much bigger than the base houses (insert eye roll here) And Charly? The crap shelf? Oh boy does it ever exist… but at least it’s not a trough right?