Goodbye DBS

Today was my last day at DBS, the school where I’ve worked for the past year. German schools have Project Week the last week of school, where kids get into groups and create things or learn new skills. As a parting gift and project, I made a video about the week along with the help of students. Enjoy!

 

Tag der offenen Tür Video

Here is a little video I made to capture ‘Tag der offenen Tür’ at my school. This is essentially a day when prospective students and parents come to check out our school! I did face painting and the classes put on booths, games, obstacle courses and much more. It was so much fun. Take a look 🙂

 

Fulbright Month One Video

Hey friends, how are you? I finally got around to compiling my video clips from the last month into a complete video. I really enjoy capturing my life in this format, but I must admit this time around I’m feeling a little wary of posting. Not because these clips aren’t great or accurately representative of my life, but they simply don’t tell the full story. Sometimes I decide not to post photos or videos to Facebook because I don’t want anyone to feel like their life is less than or negatively compare their story to mine. While living and working abroad has been an incredible experience this far that I wouldn’t trade for the world, I also just want to be honest and mention a few of the many things that aren’t featured in this video, such as:

Frustrations with Visa paperwork
An endless struggle to get internet at home
More than a few missed trains and buses
Trying to decipher utility bills in German
Insecurity about my language ability

And so much more. So while I hope you thoroughly enjoy this video, I just wanted to say that whatever you’re going through, you are not alone. Everyone, without exception, struggles. Social media may make life look shiny, but at the end of the day we are all trying our best to make it one step at a time 🙂 Wishing you a good one, friends!

A little Christmas film

I am the family member who is constantly carrying around a camera, getting in people’s faces and generally slowing everything down. But hey, once they see this little Christmas film I made, I think they will agree it was well worth it! There’s nothing quite like a video to capture moments that photos simply can’t do justice. In fact, I took way more video footage than photos this break. My little cousins are so adorable, I am glad I can go back and watch their tiny faces whenever I want now, no matter how old they get. Christmas 2016 lives on in perpetuity! Enjoy friends.

Aufwiedersehen Frankfurt!

 

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The day has finally come to say goodbye to Frankfurt. Who knows what the future holds after my graduation in May, but for now I need to return to school to finish what I started! This summer has exceeded my every expectation. And if leaving people and relationships can break a person’s heart, I’m certain leaving a place you love can too. Though I’m looking forward to seeing family and friends again, I can’t help but cry over leaving the new family and friends I’ve made here the past three months. But God is infinitely good and sovereign, he already has a good plan for me. I think this C.S. Lewis quote from The Four Loves fits my current situation quite well:

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

I know it was worth every bit of pain, because I loved these people and this place deeply. I was vulnerable, I shared my life with them, and it made all the difference. Aufwiedersehen beautiful country, thank you for everything, again.

^A video I made of the entire summer!

A Little Thanksgiving Film

Hey friends! It’s been too long.

How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was one for the books. My immediate family and I flew to Nashville last Saturday to spend the week with my extended family. Our clan is spread out through all ages, but right now we have six little kids under the age of five! As you can guess, this makes for ample amounts of fun and equal amounts of chaos. I adore spending quality time with them and watching them grow up year by year. I was blown away by the difference one year can make. It is truly a special experience. This year, we decided to dress the little girls up as pilgrims, straight off the Mayflower. America is in good hands with them! Be sure to watch this little film I made above to see their cuteness in real time.

Have a good one friends, and if you find yourself stressed out, just remember that Christmas is right around the corner.

P.s. More Nashville Thanksgiving posts to follow soon.

The Return

Happy Friday friends! Last night I attended an event called The Return here at Pepperdine, where alumni of the different International Programs set up booths to answer the Freshman’s questions and get them excited about applying to go abroad. My Heidelberg group showed up in full force (and Leiderhosen and Dirndles) to convince the world that Germany really is the best program. Above is a video they showed and below are a few photos from the night. Enjoy!11949366_10207341834331670_961381084620797586_n.jpg
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P.s. I’m taking a little break from my Friday Obsessions series, but you can read past posts here.