Thursday, March 4, 2010

My 'Psalm 37:4' moment

Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE my husband's job? My dear, intelligent, entrepreneurial Jeff has been offered a guest scientist position in Germany for two months. And, just like with Seattle, he has (of course) invited me along! What an incredible blessing this unexpected opportunity is!

This has been in the works for a few months, since we knew he was presenting at a conference in Prague and I was going to accompany him there. What began as a week in the Czech Republic has expanded to an additional seven weeks in Berlin at their federal institute to do research and form collaborations. It's all paid for and we get to pick the dates, set the agenda, everything!

They're putting us up in an adorable historic villa that's been converted to self-catering apartments.It's right near all the public transportation lines and shopping districts, so it will be super convenient to come and go. I've even found a riding stable less than 3 miles away on the edge of the Grunewald Forest, so I'm hoping to partake of some of the authentic German classical riding instruction while there.

While Jeff is playing in the well-equipped labs and networking with international scientists, I'll be taking an intensive German course in the mornings and then experiencing the sites of Berlin.

This feels like the realization of a dream from years ago. I always wanted to study abroad or work as an au pair or backpack through Europe, but I put those pursuits aside to push forward the fulfillment of other goals. I could never have imagined during those poor student days of cramming German and working in the stables to pay for riding lessons that I would one day be able to "summer in Europe" with my amazing husband and enjoy the language and culture of Germany!

Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. -Psalm 37:4


  1. What an awesome opportunity for you both! So much to learn and experience.
    Careful, you're going to make every woman reading your blog jealous. :)

  2. Wow, I'm jealous :-) That is so awesome, what a blessing!! I'll expect, of course, detailed blog entries cataloging all your German expeditions. For some reason (perhaps because I"m currently reading the book) it makes me think of Julia Child's memoir when she was in France.

  3. We will miss you while your touring Germany. We can't think of a more deserving couple. Bring us back some great stories.

  4. So awesome! Have FUN!

    Glad to be reading you again.

  5. Congratulations on such a fabulous opportunity! Is Da Vinci going, too?

    My parents told me you were going to live in BELGIUM... BERLIN is even MORE exciting!

  6. Wow how exciting! This is me being just a smidge jealous... Have fun and please share lots of pictures and stories with us. Pretty please!