22 Signs That You Have Been Stationed in Germany During Your Spouse’s Military Career

22 Signs That You Have Been Stationed in Germany During Your Spouse's Military Career

22 Signs That You Have Been Stationed in Germany During Your Spouse’s Military Career I was recently added to a Facebook group for my husband’s first duty station in Schweinfurt, Germany. While the post has been closed, the group is mostly about our memories of our time there. My husband arrived there in late 2005 and me, and my son joined him in March of 2006. We lived there until May of 2008 when we moved to our second duty station in Germany, Grafenwoehr. We were there until we moved back to the states in 2010. Spending four years in …

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Amsterdam & The Netherlands

Amsterdam

While we were overseas we were able to do a little bit of traveling. I am glad we were able to do this.  In May of 2008 I took a USO tour with some friends to visit Amsterdam & The Netherlands. It was a two-day tour but you were supposed to sleep on the bus. I think I was one of the only ones that couldn’t do that but it was still worth it, even though I never got to sleep. We were able to go to a cheese farm, a place they made wooden shoes, the Keukenhof where we got to …

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When Being Stationed Overseas is Hard

When Being Stationed Overseas is Hard

When Being Stationed Overseas is Hard It’s been 5.5 years since we have returned to the US from Germany. We were over there for four years. In some ways, it seems like a lifetime ago. I look at all the photos from that time and they warm my heart. I think about how simple life was then. How beautiful everything was. How much I got to see. It is easy to forget that our time there wasn’t always easy, especially since my husband was deployed twice for a total of 2 years and 3 months. I tell people that if they …

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On Living in Wiesbaden, Germany

On Living in Wiesbaden, Germany

Happy to have this guest post by Rebecca on Wiesbaden, Germany. Please visit my Duty station guest post page for posts on other locations or more information about how you can write a guest post about where you have been stationed.  I had the privilege of living in Wiesbaden, Germany from January 2008 through December 2010. This was my first experience living overseas and it was an adventure! Back in those days, military and their family flew on commercial flights, which landed us in Frankfurt. We were then bussed to an inprocessing center and then finally bussed to Wiesbaden Army Airfield. …

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Why You Have To Say Yes To A PCS To Germany

Why You Have To Say Yes To A PCS To Germany

Why You Have To Say Yes To A PCS To Germany Even though the Military is shutting down some Military installations in Germany, people are still PCSing to Germany. Sometimes they have a choice, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes the spouse thinks about staying in the US. As someone who spent four years in Germany, I have to recommend that if you have the opportunity to go overseas, do it. I say this as someone who didn’t always enjoy being there, that missed the US a lot more than I should have, and who hated being so far away from everything. It’s …

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Bye To Schweinfurt, Germany

Bye To Schweinfurt, Germany

In March of 2006, my oldest son Daniel and I flew to Germany to join my husband at his first duty station. Daniel was just 18 months old and we had been waiting to join him for the past 4.5 months. It would have been longer but we decided to buy our own tickets and head over once the Command Sponsorship was done. They sent us our No fee passports about 6 weeks later. I remember when we flew in. I didn’t know what to expect. I had never been to Europe before, I hadn’t even been out of the …

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After Two years and Three Months What Do I Really Miss About Germany

It has been 2 years and 3 months since we got on an airplane and left Germany after being stationed over there. A lot of people come back from Germany missing it like crazy. They don’t enjoy being in the US and want to go back. We were not like that. We were so ready to not live in Germany anymore. We were so ready to be back in the US. We were so happy to have that chapter close in our lives. Well now it has been a while. It can be common to miss certain things about places …

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One Little German Village, Erbendorf

I wanted to post about where we use to live.  Now that we don’t live there anymore I feel more comfortable talking about it.We use to live in Erbendorf which is about 25 minutes from the Grafenwoehr Army post in Bavaria. We use to live in Erbendorf which is about 25 minutes from the Grafenwoehr Army post in Bavaria. The village is cute.  It’s small.  Really small.  The people are friendly.  Lots of cute places to walk. We lived living off post in Germany outside of Graf. We lived in Gov’t leased housing.  Which in Germany means living off post …

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So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen Goodbye…

Well…it’s time.  This will be my last post from our home here in Germany.  Our internet is being turned off tomorrow.  I have a Kindle I can post from so I will try to blog again soon but not totally sure about when. Tomorrow I say goodbye to all my friends 🙁  That will be hard. Then it will be time to leave.  Pray for us on our long journey.  It is going to take forever to get there.  But then we will be in America again and I will be super happy 🙂 I think the boys pretty much …

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Shopping in Germany, Tchibo Stores

Being over in Germany I miss a lot of my favorite stores.  But that doesn’t mean I haven’t found a few stores here in Germany that I love to go too.  One of my favorite shops that I know I am really going to miss is Tchibo.  And no they are not paying me or giving me anything free (I wish.) My mom actually discovered Tchibo first when she bought a super cool sweater for one of my boys while she was visiting in Dec 2006.  This shop has a little bit of everything from clothing to furniture to decor.   …

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