We’re gearing up for a move to Germany! Here are the answers to some of the more frequently asked questions we’ve been getting.
When Peter and I got married in July, we knew we shared the desire to have kids. We also knew that we didn’t want to start a family without any support close by. Unfortunately, neither of us have anyone near Milwaukee, so staying put was out. My family is fairly well spread out across the US, but not in places where Peter could move for work. Eliminating the USA left us with one option – Germany!
Just about all of Peter’s family is located in one area in Germany, as is his company. Proximity to family, employment opportunities plus easy access to travel made Germany a perfect choice!
Where in Germany?
We are moving to Baden-Württemberg. Located in the Southwestern corner of the country, this area is home to Stuttgart and the Black Forest.
We will not be in a major city. After three years in Downtown Milwaukee, two in Miami and a few more in Salt Lake City, the idea of switching to a more rural setting is exciting!
Is The Move For Work?
The short answer is no.
The long answer is that while Peter will be transferring with his current company, it wasn’t an assignment. Once we started thinking about making the move, things just kind of fell into place!
Do You Speak German?
Again, the short answer is no.
I am learning, though! One of my resolutions was to practice German two nights a week for an hour. It’s already making a difference, but I think immersion will be a quick teacher!
What Will You Do There?
As I mentioned above, I don’t really speak German! Peter and I agree that learning the language will be my priority. For the first few months, my main focus will be on learning Deutsch!
In addition to getting a handle on German, we will be doing some crazy home renovations. Call Chip and Jo, Peter and I are taking on a fixer upper! There’s a lot of work to be done, but I’m looking forward to making this house our home.
Is This A Permanent Thing?
For the foreseeable future, yes. Life is awfully unpredictable, but we are moving with the intention of making Germany our forever home.
Thanks for sharing! We’ll keep you in prayers for a smooth transition. You have thought this through well, it appears; and you are good communicators (English, anyway, ha!). Good on you!
So happy for you! Much love from Steve and B.J.Caron.