This is Us

It is finally nap time and no housework to do for once so I’m giving it my best shot to finally write our first blog post after creating my blog almost 2 months ago. I thought it’d be good to introduce ourselves first before I write more about everyday topics; so here we go:

Pictured above is my beautiful little family (minus the fur babies) last December. But let’s go all the way back. My name is Lisa and I was born and raised in a small town in Germany (as in 8,000 residents small). When I was a teenager my dream was always to come and visit the USA and after graduating high school it was finally my time to go. As an Au Pair ( aka foreign exchange nanny) I arrived together with 30 other European girls in New York City and I knew I was about to have the best year of my life. After a week exploring Central Park, Times Square and many visits to Starbucks it was already time to say goodbye to the Big Apple and head to the great state of Texas to meet my host family and my three kids I was going to take care of. Arriving at the airport in Dallas, I was welcomed with hot summer temperatures and felt at home right away (Germans typically like it hot and sunny since we don’t get enough in our area). The former Au Pair of my host family picked me up and showed me the house and my tasks. The family was still on vacation and was going to arrive a day later. That was in July 2011.

Fast forwarding to October the same year when I met my now husband Tommy. In my first few months in Texas I had been living the life and it felt like every day I experienced so many new things, ate Tex-Mex for the first time, meet so many new people, and spent every weekend by the pool (because that’s about all you can do in the summer) and spend every paycheck on clothes and food. One night my friend Tanja, who was also a German Au Pair in her second year in Dallas invited me to watch the 5th game of the Baseball World Series with two guys, one of them being Tommy. We got to his apartment and had a few beers, watched the Rangers loose and had a great time talking and laughing. On the way back home I remember thinking that Tommy was funny and pretty cute. After that night I didn’t see him again until a few weeks later at a soccer game and we again had a great time at a bar we went to after and it was then he declared he was going to be my “American boyfriend”.  In the next months we got to see each other a lot and in February on Valentines Day five years ago now, he finally asked me to be his girlfriend (Justin Timberlake and Nelly may or may not have been played that night ;)).

July 2012 came way too fast and my year in the States was about to end when Tommy started asking me all these life questions, me not knowing what it was all about. We had been trying to figure out ways we could be together but knowing that long term and long distance relationships hadn’t worked out for either of us before, wasn’t an option. I still remember that moment we were driving in his car when he told me about his family doing immigration work and about a certain visa that would allow me to come back a so-called “fiancee-visa”. I looked at him wondering if he was serious. He then told me he had thought about us a lot and didn’t want to live without me and eventually wanted to get married and spend his life with me that’s why he had been asking me all the questions.

This post is getting so much longer than I intended it to be when I sat down (it is now the next day and nap time once again…), I hope you’re equipped with a beverage of some sort and snacks, but to sum up the next few years: I returned home to Germany, told my parents basically the night I arrived I was going to go back to Texas to get married and live there happily ever after. Of course, that’s not what they wanted to hear from their 20-year old youngest daughter, but over the next months while my paperwork was processed they somewhat came to terms with my decisions. In September 2013 I finally packed up my life in Germany in three big bags, said goodbye to friends and family and my home of 19 years. Back in Dallas, I started school, work, we had a beautiful wedding the following April and thought we had life figured out. The ‘original’ plan was for me to finish school, find a great job in the fashion industry and then eventually add a human baby to our two fur babies. But you all know how plans sometimes work out and sooner than we thought I had a missed period and a positive pregnancy test 16 months in our marriage. And then just a few months later we became first-time parents to baby Luca, born in April 2016. I want to include more detailed posts to certain parts between then and now but that gives you a little overview about our family. To add a few words about my husband, he his born and raised in Dallas, growing up with a diverse family environment with a Peruvian mom and dad with roots in Germany, Sicily, and Ireland. As I mentioned before he is funny (sometimes too funny for his own good), caring, and incredibly hard working partner and dad and I couldn’t do this motherhood thing without him.

I want to thank everyone who has made it this far into our post and hope you are having a great week. I am very excited to start planning and writing more posts about fashion, motherhood, diy projects, and some travel.

xoxo, Lisa

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