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Hand Painted Wrapping Paper and Gift Tags for Christmas DIY

I love coming up with a wrapping paper theme for my Christmas presents every year. I don’t put a whole lot of thought into since by the time I get to the end of wrapping all my presents, I’m usually ready to throw them in a plastic bag and call it good! But I do […]

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A Walk Through Partnach Gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Day Eleven – November 9, 2014 (It’s my birthday!!!) I’d have to say that waking up on the morning of my 35th birthday (Holy cow! I can’t believe I’m that old!!!) to this scene was pretty amazing. I sat out on the balcony in the frosty morning air and wrote this depressing post. After getting […]

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Driving Through Bavaria to Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Day Ten – November 8, 2014 On our last morning in Switzerland, we had our last breakfast at Hotel Baren, packed up, and asked Britta (our GPS) to take us to Garmisch-Partenkirchen for our last night of vacation before Jay had to head back to Munich for work. It was about this point in the […]

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Thanksgiving Day Brunch and Dinner 2014. Glittery Leaf Place Card DIY.

We are so blessed. How do we even begin to count? Sometimes I feel guilty about it, but when I start to feel that way, I just thank God for anything and everything that comes to mind. Thanksgiving keeps you humble, grateful, real. This amazing Thanksgiving started with my parents moving into a little house […]

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Exploring Thun, Switzerland

Day Nine – November 7, 2014 – Part 2 After traversing the Schilthorn and taking a nice little nap, we decided to head back out. I really wanted to see one of the lakes better, and I’d just read about the city of Thun in a Francine Rivers book, so on a whim we decided […]

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Schilthorn Piz Gloria Switzerland. Going Up the Mountain.

Day Nine – November 7, 2014 On the ninth day of our trip to Europe, we woke up to clear, blue skies…perfect for going up mountains. We woke up early, had a nice breakfast, and headed to Stechelberg in our car. Here’s a map showing the area we were in. It’s a bit confusing because […]

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Interlaken, Plans for Schilthorn, and a Walk Through Wilderswil

Day Eight – November 6, 2014 Our first morning in Switzerland, we enjoyed a lovely breakfast at the hotel filled with all the typical Bavarian treats: eggs, fruit, sausage, bacon, fresh bread, croissants, fish, cheese, etc. Plus our milchkaffee, which they call schale in Switzerland. We were afraid that the cable cars and trips up […]

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A Wild Drive to Wilderswil and Hotel Baeren

Day Seven – November 5, 2014 – Part 2 After touring the Heidelberg Castle, we headed back to our car, asked Britta to take us to Wilderswil, and left Heidelberg behind. The drive to Switzerland was quite adventurous. It rained the whole time there and was dark and gloomy. At one point it started snowing! […]

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The Cadence of the Autobahn

by Jay Sandidge There are a lot of things to like about Germany especially for a task-oriented, let’s-get-down-to-business personality like my own. One of these is driving on the Autobahn. For many years I thought that Autobahn was a proper name, a singular road in Germany where speed limits did not apply. Where boyhood dreams […]

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