Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween at Burg Frankenstein - Darmstadt, Germany

We spent Halloween Eve at Frankenstein's Castle in Darmstadt, Germany, which was full of monsters, ghosts and scary sights. Annette was attacked by many monsters, who seemed to be attracted to the fact that she wanted them to stay far away from her.

Honey, do I look fat in this outfit?

I'm gettin' married in the morning...

When I said spiked, I just meant my hair!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Our New Burg

We recently moved from Fredericksburg, VA to a furnished "chalet" in Germany. Below are some pictures of our new cozy abode...

Sleeping Quarters

The throne

Domestic Engineering Center

Mess Hall

Living Room

Monday, October 04, 2010

On Our Way to Germany

I just entered the mobilization processing site in Norfolk, VA today. I found it surprising that the first presentation to deploying personnel was by a chaplain on the importance of spirituality and faith in relation to being deployed. He talked about how having something higher than ourselves to believe in and rely upon has a tremendous impact on our ability to weather tough times and come through stronger. Many in the room were on there way to places a lot more dangerous and austere than my destination, and without the benefit of family visits. I was especially glad for them that those in charge of the process chose to begin it this way.

Also interestingly, today is the anniversary of the day that I entered the mission training center in Provo, UT thirty years ago prior to serving a church mission in Hong Kong, which was the last time I left the USA for an extended period of time.

I was processed in less than a day, and found myself on a flight to Germany the same day. Here starts this new adventure for me, and Annette who will follow soon.

For now, this blog will serve as a way for us to chronicle our journey for our friends and family.