Merry Christmas 2013 – In Germany with our Air Force Family

This month marks the 10th month that we have lived in Germany. We have met some wonderful people and made some amazing friends. Today we visited 3 different houses; one for Christmas brunch, another for Christmas dinner, and another one for hors d’oeuvres, drinks and games. There was more food than we could possibly consume, more laughs and hugs than we could ever hope to have, and more love and the feeling of family than many will ever be apart of. I guess it’s true when people say, “Military friends are your chosen family”. We choose them, they choose us. They are untraditional, some unlikely, and most by chance, but in this odd and challenging lifestyle, we bond as if we were always together, just like family. So Merry Christmas to all our military family, where ever you may be tonight as well as our biological families in America. We love you all. Thank you for your love, kindness and support. And, may we never forget the true meaning of Christmas everyday of the year. Happy Birthday Jesus!

Christmas Trees of 2013 A Christmas Tree at every house.

KAILA JENN AND HOPEThe Girls

THE GRILS CHRISTMAS 2013Silly Girls

KRISTIN ERYN AND HOPE My girls

the boys and the gangThe boys and the gang

2 thoughts on “Merry Christmas 2013 – In Germany with our Air Force Family

  1. “Military friends are your chosen family” — truer words are hard to find. The first day of school at KAHS in ’67, jostling around, trying to learn the new building, new teachers, new future friends (David was to become one). We were both new to KAHS, new to each other, but we hit it off, and became friends.

    His family became mine, mine his, his mother was a German national, his dad a Sgt in the Army, that first year we shared lots of life together, spent time visiting with his German relatives, and we spent a lot of time walking. Every where we wanted to go in Vogelweh was just a short walk away 🙂

    A year later he PCS’d back to the states, and then two year’s later was PCS’d back to Stuttgart, and it was as if he never left. And even though he was in a different school, we were still family, and went back to doing the things as if no time had passed. That year we both graduated and our family’s were both PCS’d back to the states, we both wound up in Illinois, he north of Chicago, me West, but we remained in touch, we both began looking to college, he wound up in South Dakota, and I Texas.

    We stated in touch for a few years, but as happens we lost addresses and phone numbers, and both went our own ways. For about 30 years we looked for each other off and on, over the years, but it was not until the internet boom and social media explosion, that we located each other again. We found each other a couple years ago and picked up our relationship as if the 30 years were minutes. We have almost caught up on our history, and it has been fun doing so. Skype, Facebook, twitter, and email, certainly makes it so much easier than snail mail, and quicker!

    Stopped by mom’s on Christmas day to share some time with her and my brothers and their families, first person she asked about was David, for she too chose him. We have now been ‘chosen’ family for over 46 years, and look forward to as many more years as we both live to have.

    Glad your Christmas was merry and joyful!

    • What a wonderful and touching story Dan. Thanks for sharing part of your life here in Germany with us. We are happy that you enjoy our blog and it brings back such happy times for you. We always look forward to your comments and observations. Happy New Year! May God bless you and your family.

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