Our Story

Babes in DeutschlandI’m Brigette, he’s Jon, she’s Aurora and the little guy is Gray. Our story started with two starry eyed high school kids who kind of liked each other but waited a long time to ever date. When we finally did, we knew right away that it was the real deal. Halfway through college we were married, three fourths of the way through we found out we were expecting a baby… that was a bit of a shock! So off he went to Air Force basic while I finished my degree in secondary education (I have yet to use that thing). Six months later Aurora was born and we were sent off to Hawaii for three years (tough first assignment, right). Baby Grayson was born 20 months later and we finished off our first tour amidst the sunshine, waves and rainbows as a family of four.

Now we’re in the midst of relocating to Ramstein, Germany… our entire world is about to be turned upside down! I think we are feeling a good blend of 90% excitement and 10% trepidation as we approach this move. So much is going to change, the language, the measuring system, the culture, the currency… it’s hard to envision what will be the same actually. Regardless of the uncertainty we face, at least we are facing it together and overall we are pretty darn enthusiastic about it! Once we arrive in country, we’ll spend some time house hunting and getting settled and then it’s off to see the world with two little ones in tow! Thanks for joining me in this adventure we’re about to embark upon, wish us luck! Auf Wiedersehen!

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Babes in Deutschland


13 thoughts on “Our Story

  1. Oh my you guys are a lovely couple and your kids are so cute. I hope you enjoy Ramstein. We live just around the corner (Ktown) 🙂

    • Hey Suze, thanks! How long have you been here? Maybe we could meet up sometime after we get settled. I feel like I’ve been unpacking for MONTHS (it’s only been a week, but my brain is convinced this torture has been going on longer 😉 ).

      • Sure, if you can stand my horrible German accent 😉 I am originally from southern Bavaria (and hereby German!) 🙂 Kevin is 100% American though and the reason why I moved here by the end of 2010. After 2.5 years here (and moving 3 times within these 2.5 years!) I still feel like I haven’t settled in. Pretty weird given that I am German..

  2. I just stumbled upon your blog and so glad I did! I recently got back from spending close to a month in Germany with my daughter and her children (my son-in-law was sent to Jordan for 6 weeks)! My son-in-law is in the British military and they have just been relocated to Bergen, the British Forces camp. I loved absolutely everything about Germany (my dad is from Dortmund) and can’t wait to go back. Do you have any tips for young moms trying to settle in Germany? I will be passing your link on to my daughter; I’m sure she’ll be thrilled to read your blog, as she can totally relate. FYI, I found an app for my phone called ‘Wie Geht’s’ before coming to Germany to help with the language. I like that it says the words/phrases so you know how they’re supposed to sound, so much better than using a book. Many blessings to you… Tschüss!

    • Hey Cathy,
      How exciting that you got to come visit for a month, which cities did you visit while you were here? As far as tips for trying to settle here… it was a different experience for us because we have the support of the military. They handle most of the annoying relocation issues. It has been a huge social adjustment though, everything seems to work differently here than in the states! The only real “advice” I have is to give it time, most people say that it takes at least 6 months for things to begin feeling normal again. We’ve only been here for 3 so we’re still getting acclimated ourselves! So glad you stopped by my blog, I would love it if you passed it along to your daughter!

  3. Love your ideas for kids, especially your busy bags for travel time. We moved to Germany a year and a half ago for my husbands job with BASF. We have four little ones and everyday is an adventure here!

      • It’s actually a large German based chemical company. We are living about 20 mins west of Mannheim. We are here for three years and have explored a lot of great cities and neighboring countries even with our little ones! Hope you have a great adventure!

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