My Pet Rocks

One of the curses of being a military wife is that you are constantly leaving people behind.

I don’t make good friends easily and when I do it’s for life…  Three years in Germany and I didn’t REALLY open up enough to make good lasting friends until the last six months or so…  and I had to walk away with the hopes of keeping in touch.

My husband makes fun of me for having “online friends”, in fact he calls them my Pet Rocks!  But these women have made a wonderful impact on my life!

When the Air Force moves me the dynamics of all my life’s relationships change…  Everything changes… People who I see every week at church I won’t see for months, people I talked to every day I never talk with anymore because I don’t have a normal phone and it’s hard to calculate the time difference.  To leave my home, my family and my country behind and then to loose all of my connections is very hard!!!

But these women that I know online, that I read about and who in turn read about me, NEVER CHANGE!  It doesn’t matter what country or state I live in or even what time zone because this is where we’ve always known each other!

As with any group of friends there are a few that I’ve connected with in a way that makes up almost as close as sisters…  Over the years I’ve had the privilege to meet two of these women and in my travels of the past 16 days I have been unexpectedly blessed to meet two more!

When I flew home from Germany for the last time a few weeks ago I had a layover in Detroit. 

Imagine my surprise when one of these wonderful women e-mailed me to say she lived only 45 minutes from the airport and she would love to meet me!  This is Renee or (babybooties33)


 The funny thing about Renee is that when she and I met (online) she and her husband were living in Germany about 7 hours away from me due to his job.  Last year they moved home to the states and we mourned that things had never worked out for us to meet… Then lo and behold after living in the same foreign country together for over two years we got the chance to meet on a random layover!

We were excited to meet!!! 


 God truly blessed us with this opportunity and I found a true friend in Renee.  Obviously we hit it off!  It’s such a blessing to meet someone that you have a true connection to and find that it bleeds over into real life in a way that makes you sad to leave them never knowing if you’ll meet again… but we will!  In this weeks entry!


 Thank you Renee, for making the trip to meet me! 


The second woman I was privileged to meet actually lives in my new home town of Del Rio, TX.  Her name is Kris or (BigToePeople).  We were put in touch by ladies who knew us both when Ryan and I found out that TX would be our new home and we hit it off!

My parents and I took a road trip down to Del Rio (Much more about that later) to check out the town and look at houses to rent and I got the opportunity to have lunch with Kris!  We had a blast and talked for over two hours… and believe it or not my parents loved meeting her too!  We had a wonderful time!

As I said, God has truly blessed me in this.  I will now be moving to a new place with the knowledge that I already have a friend there!


 Thank you again Kris for making this possible. 

It is such a blessing to find that the women I “KNOW” online are just as real in person.  They are exactly who they appear to be.

It has been a pleasure to meet these four women who have enriched my life with their words and prayers and now with their trust!


I have so much to share from the last few weeks and I’m working on getting those posts ready!  I’ll be caught up soon and I’m going to make sure I’m back for good so look out for more, much more, from me later!

Have a great day everyone!  I’m off to enjoy the sunshine!




I would like to take a moment to apologize to you guys. 

I have been consumed in these past few weeks with my new life.

I’m trying to learn again to fit writing time and photo editing time into my life. 

Every other time I’ve come home to Phoenix in the past three years it was for a few weeks and I could look forward to going home and catching up with all of you and this time around I won’t be going home… I AM home!  So please bear with me as I shift and change things around…  For the first time I haven’t even had time to read and make sure I was up with all of you!  But… I promise that I will catch up in the next few days.

I can also promise that I have tons to share and some of it is GOOD STUFF!  (Well, at least I think it is…)

To give you a taste…  In the past 15 days I’ve met two Xanga ladies, I’ve explored my new hometown, and I’ve gone 4 wheelin’ in the desert with my Dad and cousins. 

I’m editing pictures and responding to emails as we speak and I’ll be back soon…  I’ll find a balance!

Until then… all my love,


Hit the ground runnin’

Hello all,

I’m here safe and sound!  I have been so very busy with family and other immediate projects that I haven’t had more than a few minutes here and there… let alone time to come online and visit!  Things are going to be like this for the next few weeks…

This week we are preparing for a huge yard sale on Friday and Saturday so my time is consumed…

Next week Mom, Dad, and I are piling into a car and heading for Del Rio!  I’m excited to explore my new town and look for a house!

When I’m back I’m sure I’ll have plenty to share…

Until then take care.  I’ll miss talking to all of you.



Time for my favorite number and number picture!




Tomorrow, after a long and tedious trip I’ll be back home in Phoenix, AZ where I will await Ryan’s turn to come home in the bliss of summer HEAT.


Ryan and I were up at 2:30am, boy did that come early!  We loaded the boys up into the car and set out for Frankfurt to send them on their way.

In the flurry of packing and moving things around yesterday the boys figured out that something big was going on.

Look at those big sad eyes…


And that little attitude!


I love his mushy old man face now that he doesn’t have any teeth!


Gandalf really started to pout when we took up his food last night… what a face!


So to make up for all the hustle and bustle we took them out for a good long walk and some play to ease their minds…

Both of them were so in love with the fresh grass and some sunlight!




Such cute little bunny ears!  Just in time for Easter!


I love that he got a good chance to stretch out… it’s going to be a while before he’ll get that chance again… 


This might just be my favorite picture of Yoda… EVER!  It perfectly embodies his awesome personality… from teddy bear softness to old man grouchiness… 


Their flight took off a few hours ago and they have a long 23 hours ahead of them.   They should be landing in Phoenix where my Mom and Dad will be picking them up just about the same time as I’m taking off tomorrow morning.

I’m anxious for them to arrive safely and so relieved to have this part of our PCS over!


Today is my last day in Germany.

It’s been quite an adventure, an opportunity of a lifetime…

I’ll miss it…

Today I spent a few minute in my yard enjoying the last day of German spring I’ll see…



I know that in a few short weeks this tree will be covered in blood red leaves and full of song sparrows…


The daffodils will sleep again for another year and my yard will be covered in tulips…


 But I was here just long enough to see my Magnolia tree bloom!


 Beautiful isn’t it!?


My last glimpse of my pretty German cottage… dressed for spring…  I will miss this… 


It will be a few long days before I’m able to write again…

Don’t worry… my stories and pictures will continue as we start the next leg of our adventure, there will always be something new to capture in a photograph or a sentence!

That said,

Thank you for coming with me on this adventure of a lifetime…  for exploring The Land of Fairy Tales by my side…

Until the next chapter begins…

Auf Wiedersehen!




There are now


days left until I move home to the States.



I’ve got nothing people… NOTHING!  I have wracked my brains all day for some interesting tidbit to share with you… some little piece of information to take the sheer boredom out of this post… and I’m still empty handed and empty headed for that matter!  So you’ll have to settle for little tidbits of news…

The dogs did NOT fly out today… the flight was changed for the third time at the last minute.

They now fly out tomorrow at 10:45am… but they have to be there at 6:00am… which means we have to leave our house at 3:30am… which means we’ll be up by 2:30am…  so much for resting up before my long trip! 

So we drop them off tomorrow and then I’m off on Saturday morning!  One awesome thing that has come up is that I get to meet Renee, one of my dearest friends on Xanga, for lunch/dinner in the Detroit airport!  She and I lived in Germany at the same time for two years and our schedules and trips just never crossed paths… How funny that after living on the far side of the world together we’ll finally be meeting in a random airport in the States…  I’m so excited!!!!

Other than those few bits and pieces the only thing going on is that we have our last dinner at the Landhaus Biehl this evening.  I’ll be saying goodbye to Dirk and Nichole, some of our best friends here in Germany.  I am going to miss them quite a bit and their hotel, her food, and Room #17 will forever hold a special place in my heart…

Okay, I’m off to pack and finish up the hundreds of little things that need seeing too before I leave Germany for the last time in ONLY TWO DAYS!!!!

Until tomorrow,




There are now


days left until I move home to the States.



All of my life I have struggled with spelling…  It is not, in any way, my strong point.  I am more thankful for spell check than you can possibly guess! 

Throughout my life teachers have used little lessons to try and make things stick… such as…

The HIPPO sat on the POT and made A MUS!  HIPPOPOTAMUS

I before E except after C.

And my very favorite…

The word DESSERT always has two s’s because you always want MORE!

However, I’m finding I have relapsed into having trouble knowing the difference between DESSERT and DESERT.

Because, right now, I want more of BOTH!

There is nothing in the world like eating an ice cream cone in the heat of a Phoenix afternoon…

A day in the DESERT with DESSERT melting down your arm! Or wait is it the other way around?  I’m not sure… 

(Just to avoid weird comments… please note that this is a joke and I still do know the difference between the words! 🙂

Until tomorrow,




There are now


days left until I move home to the States.


Things are spinning quickly down to the wire!

Ryan and I got an unexpected call yesterday that threw a huge wrench into our plans.

PetAir called to let us know that the dogs’ flight on the 14th of April had been canceled.  The forecast for the week came in with a temperature on the day they land in Phoenix above 85 degrees.

While I appreciate the care they are taking to make sure my boys are safe I personally think that the fact that the plane won’t land until late that night should have some bearing on canceling a flight only days before hand… but hey that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

So, now the boys are flying out on Thursday morning (yep in TWO days) and we have to make arrangements for them to be picked up without one of us there!

This is not a happy dog mom.  I do NOT like the idea of putting them on the plane and then not being there when they come off.  Especially when three years ago they basically had nervous breakdowns… they DO NOT like to fly and it’s three years later and both are well into their senior years… 

But, there’s nothing we can do about it so the house is abuzz with preparations for sending them off.

On a happier note I wanted to share a cute story I got in an email with you!

“While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, a minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt.  Apparently his five year old son and his playmates had found a dead bird.  Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased. 

The minister’s son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity he intoned his version of what he thought his father always said from the pulpit;

“Glory be unto the Faaaather and unto the Sonnnnnn,


Until tomorrow,





     There are now


days left until I move home to the States.


One thing that I will desperately miss about living here in Germany is the spring… even more the suddenness of it here.


I’ve lived all my life (before Germany) in the Arizona desert and I will return once more to the desert when I leave here.

I’ll miss the beauty of the changing seasons.


The desert has spring, sure, but not like this!  I’ll miss it…


What do I mean by the suddenness?

Check these out!  This picture was taken on Friday of my favorite big read tree in my yard… it’s just beginning to bud. 


 This one was also taken on Friday.  The Magnolia tree in front of my cozy Germany cottage.


 On Sunday morning I took Ryan out front to show him how much the trees were already changing.  He’s never seen a spring here and I wanted him to really see it this one last time…

I was in shock when I looked at my trees!



How does this happen in just a few days!?


We explored our little front yard to see what else had changed in the few days I hadn’t been paying attention… 


 Everywhere we looked something was blooming…


Even in the cracks of the sidewalk…


We even found that the first Grape Hyacinths are already up and blooming!


 Aren’t they beautiful? I think they will always hold a special place in my heart…  Just like the Daffodils…


 As in every part of life there is a balancing force… Namely something I WON’T miss! 

In this case it’s the plethora of bugs!


 I can certainly do without these guys!


 Until tomorrow,




There are now


days left until I move home to the states! 


Today I want to share with you a glimpse into my daily life as Ryan’s wife.

I was standing in the bathroom putting up my hair when Ryan bounded in and spun in a circle… 

“What are you doing?” I asked in pure puzzlement.

“I”, said my darling husband, “Am sharing with you, THE AEROSOL OF DEATH!”

And then he farted.

He giggled and darted out of the room leaving a lingering scent that puts Fabreeze to shame.

The Aerosol of death, I ask you…


Yes, I really will miss him…

Until tomorrow!




There are now


days left until I move home to the States.

Yes, that’s right, just one week left!


One thing I will miss about The Land of Fairy Tales is the Daffodil season.


There is just something about the promise of spring born on the fragile petals of these cheerful little flowers…


Until tomorrow!