Monday, March 25, 2013

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany.

Here is the thing about living in Europe. There are days, many of them in fact, that just aren't glamorous. Most days are filled with daily routines. Eating, sleeping, cooking, cleaning, essentially the same life for most stay-at-home moms around the world. It is easy for the mundane to take over, for the bleak winter days to lead to complaining about the size of the apartment or other trivial matters. (When really we should just be happy to have a roof over our heads at all, right? Preaching to myself here. Moving on.)

 And then there are days that we get a bit of a break from the routine.

Days were every. single. detail. just seems beautiful.


Moments when I feel like I have to pinch myself because I just can't believe that we are here. Europe. Germany. Rothenburg.


Moments where I watch my Kaleb run up and down stairs of an enormous church in a walled city and think "he has experienced more at age two than many do in a lifetime."


Not that he will remember it. But, we will always have these photos. And stories to tell.


Stories of when we packed up the car and drove longer than expected to get to a beautiful city to explore for the day.


Rothenburg ob der Tauber- you had us at hello.


Lured us into every single nook and cranny, begging us to meander through your cobblestone streets and alleyways.



Made us stop and reflect. To make memories- as a family.








There are so many places in this world to explore. We just have to be intentional about finding them and also be willing to get lost in order to explore. The end result is worth it. Every time.



Amy said...

Oh how I love these images!!! Can I borrow his hat?

ssickel said...

Oh man, I agree with both parts. Sometimes people think life in xyz country must be like a vacation, but it's mostly going to the grocery store, trying to keep dishes from overrunning the sink and answering emails. Every once in a while, though, I think, "Really? This is my life? Incredible."

(One of my friends told me (sarcastically) after we got back from a trip to the States: Welcome back to the mission field. Where every day is like a mini vacation. :) )

Rita said...

Tureks! I love your pictures. I can't believe how big Kaleb looks. He's such a little man! Hope you guys had a fantastic Easter! We missed you here. We still had an egg hunt, but it was a little more intense than last years.

much love,

Maria said...

I fell in love with Germany after visiting Rothenberg odt my junior year of high school. I love that place in ways I cannot express in words. So many memories...