This is our second year of celebrating Christmas in Germany. Last year, I cried every day of December, right up until the 24th. Yes, you read that correctly; 24 DAYS of tears! My husband definitely deserves some sort of sainthood for being so loving and supportive to me during that time. This year I am pleased to say I have cried considerably less. :)
I was actually feeling pretty good about my homesickness this year. In fact, Paul had a few days that he was pretty down about being so far away from family, and I actually kept it together and was able to be a support to him. However, I think I may have gotten a bit too cocky and ended up shedding some tears on the last day of classes before Christmas holidays. While the situation that initially made me cry was super frustrating, I don't think I would have cried in normal circumstances. However, it had been an incredibly stressful week, with 4 assignments needing to get done, and then so many people were talking about going home for Christmas, and it all just became too much to handle. I hate that I cried in front of people. But alas, I am prone to tears and as much as I try not to be, sometimes my emotions get the better of me.
I am super excited for next year because my baby sister will be here in Germany, and we will get to do Christmas together. :) She is going to be attending a bible school in Germany for nine months and I just can't hardly wait to have a sister so nearby again. Well, she will still be a seven-hour drive away, but still so much closer than in Canada! I am already starting to plan and scheme all the things we will do next year. :)
When we moved into our new apartment complex in March, there were only a few other people living here. Now, almost all the units have been moved into, and we have been enjoying getting to know our neighbours. Kaya (our pup), has found a BFF named Argos. These two dogs are crazy about each other and love fetching balls together - every day if possible.
One of the biggest challenges this year was transferring into the university here. Due to German regulations, I had to fight really hard to convince the university that I was capable of the course work, since I didn't have all the necessary qualifications to gain admittance through the regular application process. After many months and three professors at the university vouching for me, I was finally accepted and I am enjoying the majority of my courses.
School is keeping both Paul and I very busy! I definitely miss the days of having a job, and only working eight hours a day. The steady income was also very nice! ;) All the hard work and long days will pay off though and I am very grateful that we are able to be on this adventure.
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas season and can spend time with the ones you love whether they are near or far away.
Merry Christmas from our house to yours. <3
Pic: Our tree Dec. 23, 2015