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    Hello, This is merely an account of my life with three Littles and a fabulous husband. I made it with the hopes to stay connected to my dear loved ones that I unfortunately don't get to see everyday. I guess and hope that this will evolve and become something else with time, but for now, it will just be an honest account of how I spend my hours, minutes, days.

oh me, oh my

So, lets see… since I last posted some time has passed. Bummer how that happens so quickly! You think you have it down and a month and half goes by. Well, right now in my life I feel like I am 40 steps behind on just about everything so, I guess I’ll just have to live through this and pick up where I left off. Which is: we moved.

I hate moving. But it was worth it. This place is a little paradise.

We have tons of kids, tons of cherries and tons of awesomeness and love for what we are doing. not to mention tons of work!

This was a uh, motel? and all the rooms are being transformed into livable spaces. Inotherwords, walls are getting ripped out, bathrooms are getting ripped out, kitchens being built in, etc etc etc. The potential is enormous but to get there we are having to sweat a little.

But I love it.

Here are some pictures:

(Don’t worry, the children were getting paid by the hour.)

just kidding. They had fun riding up and down the lift. and they really liked being “helpful.”This is our new place. Us and 4 other families!We had to store all our stuff in the barn for the meantime.This is one small part of the very spacious garden. (I can’t call it a ‘yard’ cause, well, it just doesn’t fit. So, I am going to call it a ‘garden.’)Onto our apartment.

This will be the girl’s room. I am working on the floor now and it is turning out really cool. I am painted it and am in the process of stenciling it.This will be our sleeping room.Right now this is our living/eating room until our kitchen/living room gets built.This my friends…will be our kitchen. Chah. sweat, is what I said. Right now it is the attic. It will be amazing.This will be another room (connected to the kitchen) and we are planning to dedicate it to…


It will be a place where I can make things. Glorious!The weather had a freakish warmth that turned into heat. Yet again, glorious! So we had to bust out the sunscreen. This happens 3 weeks out of the year.The kids are happy. and cute. and all over the place.All of the rooms have showers. (ALL OF THE ROOMS) and none of them bathtubs. So, we took a showerbath for the kiddos.World Cup: Outside.I love these people.This is our living room at the moment. It has furniture in it now and everyday I look outside and bam! GREEN.

Soothes me despite the trantrums.

The view from my window.Like I said, we have a lot of cherries. When I say a lot, I mean, we could pick 3 buckets full a day and be picking for weeks. The tree is blessed in God’s abundance.So we picked cherries, go take dip, pick some more cherries….like I said, it is a little paradise!And when we are not playing this is what is going down. ARBEIT! This is what it looks like to tear out an old motel and turn it into a livable home.And in the meantime, the kids are together, all the time. playing, being adorable and sometimes bugging eachother. Being together all the time is a whole new ballgame for all of us and we are learning how to find the balance and pull away when we need to. But actually, the new challenges that come along with all these projects outweigh the old challenges.If you want some cherries, come on over!

June 22, 2014 - 6:34 pm

Mathias Lange - We enjoy to see all the pictures of the ‘paradise’ and all the lovely people! :)

July 1, 2014 - 10:44 pm

Elly Kadner - It looks amazing Jocelyn!! So I saw the W.s, H.s, you – and who else moved in? What a great project to be doing together!! Be blessed and please give our love to everyone :-) . Elly

I love weddings!

I don’t know if you remember the pictures I took last year of my friends. They got engaged. Then a year went by and they got married.

That year went by fast. Then the long awaited day came upon us. Sam and I got all cleaned up, packed our kids clothes and with a blessing of ” You can do this” handed them to my in-laws for the weekend. !

It was glorious to be able to enjoy this day without having to be responsible for anyone else. (how selfish does that sound! gotta love it.) Anyway, Sam and I turned to one another with the questions, “And you are?” “oh, your my husband! ah ha. not just the father of my children… right!” “I forgot how attractive you are!” I was also looking for something to take care of. Sam had to remind me that I was allowed to relax. So I did. I had 2 glasses of sekt, 1 glass of wine and a glass of beer. All over the course of the day. That is more alcohol than I drink the whole year! So, I was relaxed and happy. Sam and I danced till 2 am.  We got 3 hours of sleep that night. Then went to pick up our kids the next day at 7 am. Top that off!

Here is a little peek into the lovely day. Thanks, M & F, you love birds, for such a great weekend!!Do you see this cheeky photographer? I then asked the bride later if that bothered her, she responded with,”What photographer?”

now, That is a good sign.

My brain is buzzing

Have you ever moved? Do you remember how full those days were? Did you remember how you planned and packed and organized and dreamed? Yup, that is where I am at. My brain is buzzing with the newness of change. Good change. Change that I have been begging God for. The last years were trails and tribulation, but we are coming round the bend and I am starting to feel a long lost sensation; Joy. I forgot what it was like to bubble around singing and dancing. Now I find myself playing with my kids cause I am simply happy. I cannot express how wonderful it is to have hope. Especially the  hope that comes after a hard season.

Because I have been packing and doing I haven’t taken ANY pictures – that I can post on my blog. I tooks some shots of my friends getting married. That was delightful. But they need to be brushed up a bit so I won’t be sharing those.

Instead I found some shots I FORGOT to post about. Perfect timing, cause I am at a loss right now. So, here are some pics of an ultra awesome mom date time. I am starting to love having 3 kids that are really close in age (they are all 1 1/2 year apart- more or less). People told me this would happen: it is starting to get…shall I dare and say it? : EASY. I can go to a playground and I have nothing to do. Weird. They play together all. day. long. Like I said, life is becoming bright again!

so these are from um, March. We went to the farmers market and then the Hygiene Museem and saw the Tanz! (dance) Exhibit.

She picks me flowers every chance she gets.When you walked or moved it was projected onto the wall. We had a lot of fun being silly there.

I pray that God will fill you with hope and joy.

May 9, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Christina - Loved Loved Loved your post!! So joyful with you for what he’s doing in your heart AND family(so nice to have peace and fun.. we are still… coming round the corner!). I love joy and often I need so much more of it. Loved the photos. You have a great eye. And you really capture your girls innocence, beauty and fun. Much love, Christina

May 14, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Jocelyn - Thank you so much Christina! Thanks for reading and thank you for also sharing with me the joy!

April goodness

Don’t you just love spring? It is such a wonderful time of year.

The girls and I were watching an old man feed a kitty. It was cute. I have a little catching up to do: We had a lovely Easter. CurlyQ and I went on a 6.1 km bike ride. That is a whopping 3 miles. It was up and down hills and it was beautiful! We first went on a train ride got off the train and took the bike the rest of the way. It was fun. She is a great travel buddy.After Easter was over I had to focus on my little project and get it done. My little friend was scheduled to come my way and I needed to have it finished. It was a really fun project. I got the pattern from etsy. It was also a relief and a joy that it was finished. I am happy with how it came out.Then we went to Sam’s grnadmother’s 80th birthday party. It was so fun.I love this pic so much.She was pretending not to want to take a picture. Although she wasn’t fooling me. If this isn’t a pose, I don’t know what is!She wanted me to chase her. She likes that.So, My little friend came over and she really liked the dress. She and the girls had to make themselves pretty. So, in the bathroom they went. I love having girls.We have been doing a lot but also not so much. It is amazing how much you can accomplish in 24 hours. It is also sometimes amazing how little you can accomplish in 24 hours. I am experiencing both right now in the midst of April. We have big birthdays, wedding events, sewing projects and not to say the least we are supposed to getting prepared to move. Somedays I feel like a work horse, somedays like a big fat stressed out jerk, and sometimes I am super happy about the new season we are coming into.

Today I didn’t pack, I did other really needed chores: like filling the fridge, washing and folding, wiping butts, cleaning plates, filling tummies, airing out the kids and my brain.

Here we are enjoying the springy fresh air.

Just pray for May to be gentle. Moving… is not my favorite activity in the world. Although I do it often!Just pray for May to be gentle. Moving is not my favorite activity in the world. Although I do it too often!

April 30, 2014 - 6:14 pm

Claudia clover parkinson - Your dad shared with me. So cute

May 8, 2014 - 11:46 am

Jocelyn - I am so glad he did! Thanks Claudia.

Just the happenings

BUSTED!! Preciousbabe cutting her “Kitty,” (which is actually a tiger.) Naugh-T.  “Where did you cut your kitty?” “Here, Momma.”I went to wake up CurlyQ from her nap and I walked into the room wondering where she was. I eventually took one step deeper into the room and saw evidence of a little girls snuggle in a nest. Isn’t she amazing?This girl.In the midst of moving I decided to start a very detailed and extensive sewing project. I know. It’s the smartest and most genius thing I could have done.

We only have about 50 more boxes to pack.

The Hu also wanted to do something creative. She loves watching me sew. She actually just loves to be around. I love it, too.

She created a German flag and a horse.I am creating a heavenly princess dress for a friend of mine. She is little girls who squeals when she sees pink. She is awesome and fabulous, so her dress will also be awesome and fabulous.First movie with the bigger girls. It was really cute. We watched a German movie called “Findus und Peterson.” It is actually based off of a Swedish childrens book series. Very sweet.Our new paradise. This is where we will be moving. After living 7 years in TEENY apartments and no green…this is a dream. It will be an open heavens here. I guarantee that you will want to be here with us. The is plently of room for visitors. You are invited.The cutest landlords I know.  (and the dorkiest renters I know)Coriander on my freshly washed whites. (and some blacks) the evidence of a TWO YEAR OLD!!!!Oh! It’s Easter. Happy Easter!

May 2, 2014 - 10:31 am

Jervynna Teh - You have the cutest photos!!!!!