Friday, April 22, 2011

A Whole New World of Adventures

Well people, we are about to venture into a whole new part of German life.  That means many, many new adventures.  Many, many new stories to share.  Many, many more laughs for you all as you read about our run ins with German culture, German bureaucracy, and well just Germany in general.  Many, many....oh I can't think of anything else but whatever it is, there will be many of them.    


Luis is out of a job, and we are having our first experience with registering for German unemployment. 


Nope, just kidding.  That's not it. That was last summer as we waited months for KSC to scrape together some money so they could offer us a contract.  And boy are we sure glad they did cause we sure do like it here.    


We didn't actually file for unemployment but we were pretty darn close.  Although, if things don't turn around with his current team, that could very well be our reality again this summer. 


Oh life sure is exciting for us.  I have learned to live with less expectations and a heckofa lot more of faith! :)



We got fined for breaking the Silent Laws in Germany and are fighting the accusations against us.  The police came to our house and everything.  


Something about turning our car on at noon and our engine being too loud...okay I can't keep this one up.  Again, I'm kidding, but I wouldn't put it past someone to complain about such nonsense.     


No, the only run-ins we have had with the police are with their sneaky cameras.  They sure do like to photograph us driving.  It's like the Polizei Paparazzi.  We are quite famous apparently cause they send lots of pictures of us.  Mostly of Luis of course, and most definitely not me.


Okay, maybe there's some of me somewhere in the mix.  Okay, maybe they're mostly of me.


Fortunately though, they're only about 10 Euro.  A deal, if you ask me, compared to the $150 you pay in America.  I've had a few several tickets in my year-and-a-half here, but even if you added all of them up it still wouldn't equal what I would pay have paid for one in America.  


So did we get audited by the German IRS?  Bing bing bing!  Or not...again kidding, thankfully! I don't even want to begin to imagine what a nightmare that would be.  Although, that reminds me, we do need to do our taxes over here...yay.

So just what am I talkin' 'bout exactly?  


This little guy right here.  




Or little girl of course.  It's too early to tell the gender, but at the moment, I think we both want to be surprised.  As if our life didn't give us enough surprises already!


So not only are we entering the world of parenting, but we will be doing it over here in Germany.  Hence the many, many new adventures.  The many, many new stories.  The many, many...I won't do that to you again, but you get the idea.

And with this blog post, my family will feel like they have been released from prison or something.  They have been DYING to tell the world about this precious little baby, but we made them swear secrecy till we saw the heartbeat, which we did on Tuesday.  Pretty incredible.   


God really is amazing.  In just these three short months, our little guy or gal has developed just about every little part you could ever imagine, right down to the fingernails, and yet he or she is only an inch long (25 mm according to the ultrasound).  I have just been blown away by the miracle of life as I read each week what's going on in my womb.    


Seriously, amazing.  And on this Good Friday...Karfreitag as it's called here in Germany, I am reminded even more of the amazing gift of eternal life that we have through the sacrifice made on the cross so many years ago.  I am so grateful for the gift God gave through His Son, Jesus, and for the gift He has given to us of this little life inside me.


Much joy and peace to you all on this Easter weekend!  


Update: Please Read "A Little Goodness Amidst the Not So Good"

17 comments:

Shannon said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh Cara! You are such a beautiful blessing. I am so excited for you and Luis both. Maybe you could even pass on not being part of the Polizei Paparazzi to your little one... just kidding! (: I love how God is so prevalent in all that you do! God bless and have a great Easter weekend!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so so so so happy for the both of you! Huge congratulations and Happy Easter love!! :)

Julia

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Very joyful news Cara! I know how exciting that was for you to see that little heartbeat! We wish you both, with little one, a wonderfully blessed Easter!
love,
Lucienne

Cara said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks girls! :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Cara, CONGRATULATIONS!! I couldn't be happier for you. How are you feeling? I am also expecting our first child, we're due Sept. 23rd. Do you have a date yet? Oh wait, I just saw it on the ultrasound picture for Nov. 14? Keep us updated!
Have a wonderful Easter!
-Courtney Thomas (Hewitt)

Jaci Moseman said... Best Blogger Tips

CARA and Luis!! Congrats to you both! This is such a great experience and getting to share it with everyone - that is wonderful! If you need anything let me know! You are in for a fun filled time.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations to ALL of you! I saw the big news on Facebook earlier this week when your family was released to spread the word! Wonderful news! We are so excited for you and will look forward to hearing all about your newest adventure!

God Bless You!
Leslie

Morgan and Tyler said... Best Blogger Tips

So excited for you guys! How are you feeling so far?

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Cara, you had me going on a couple of these. However, you can't fool your Mother regarding who is photographed more by the Police Camera's. I know you inherited my lead foot :-) See you Karfreitag morning.
Nonny/Mom

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations, Cara! What exciting news :o)
Heather Erlandson

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Woohoo! Congrats Girl! I am sooo excited for you. Welcome to the Club! I hope that you guys are doing well. There is always room here at the Swinton Residence.

Blessings,
Crystal, Ja and Adoniah

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BTW here is a link to Ja's new website, check it out and let us know what you think!http://jajaswinton.acnrep.com/h_index.asp?flag=1&CO_LA=US_EN , It may be a way to supplement your income.
Crystal

Frank Hartmann said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations! I'm really happy for the two (or shall I rather say 'three') of you and I'm sure that you and Luis will be great and wonderful parents and master all those marvelous adventures that come along with the miracle of a new life ;-). And of course it would be great to have you experience these adventures here in Karlsruhe instead of somewhere else or even while in search of e new employment, although things currently do not look too well.

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

Cara, You probably don't remember me, but I vaguely remember you from being in the same circles in Sierra Vista. I got lost on Facebook and ended up seeing Luis' page and saw his soccer jersey. I thought curiously, that looks like a German team...hmmm..so I go check it out and see he plays for a German team and you guys are where you are. So interesting because my husband and I were in Heidelberg a few years ago (with the Army though), our best friends (and downstairs neighbors) were there in Germany because he played soccer in Mannheim. I forwarded your blog along to Heather (the wifey) and she could completely sympathize with your new reactions to German life and explaining how you came to be an American living in Germany. She also told me that Luis and her husband Jon are friends on facebook. That's because Jon works with the United States Football Club and has connections with most of the guys playing overseas. Crazy weird random things, but I just wanted to say hello and wish you guys luck and also to say I'm a little jealous of all your wonderful German stories. We dearly miss living in that country. Congrats on the baby to be!

Megan (formerly Lumpkins)

Cara said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks everyone! And yes, Megan, I remember you. :) Small world with the whole Luis, Jon connection! Hope all is well.

Hockey Wife said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Cara!

I went to school with Luis at UP ... flash forward a few years and now, my husband plays hockey in Germany. We were just a few hours from you guys last year but this season, we're in a new city.

I was trying to find Luis on Facebook, to find out if you guys are still in the same place ... but you popped up through my search! (I'm going to add ya). So glad I found your blog - I've been keeping one over the past few years as well (anonymously).

Anyway, can't wait to read about some of your adventures! I'm going to use some of your recipes too, I can use all the help I can get over here! Cooking is not my forte!

And a HUGE congratulations to you and Luis on your pregnancy - babies are such a blessing! We have a two year old, though I swear he's going on 16. Keeps me on my toes but has taught me so much about myself, life, and love.

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