Sunday, February 9, 2014

My Sunday Blessings

We are so lucky to live in this area of Germany, which is so rich in history and tradition!!! I thought you might like to know a bit more about where we live, and where Thomas works.

In 1907, Prince Luitpold, regent of the Kingdom of Bavaria, selected the area near Grafenwöhr as the place best suited for training of the Bavarian Army. Construction began in 1908 and by 1915, the training reservation covered an area of 37 square miles. The first artillery round was fired in the training area at 0800 hours on June 30, 1910. Throughout World War I, from 1914-1918, the area was used for training and equipping of combat units. After the end of the war, the Berlin High Command used Grafenwöhr Training area for the 100,000 man German army. In 1936, the training area was expanded to the present size of 90 square miles. On 5 and 8 April 1945, the camp and town were subjected to Allied air raids. On 20 April 1945, the last German Commander of the training area surrendered to the American forces. After World War II it became an important Cold War training site for the United States Army and allied forces. Many German Bundeswehr units still use the training area for maneuver and live-fire weapons training.

100+ years of history! 

Construction of the famous water tower

How it looks today

Overlooking the formal parade grounds

I'm more than a little obsessed with "tiny homes", lol! I think they are so awesome, and some are truly beautiful. The thought of having such a great home, truly owning it (as opposed to a bank owning it!), being self-sufficient in terms of utilities, and allowing for a simpler lifestyle is so appealing to me! I found these beauties on Pinterest...

Zombie proof?? Until the lake freezes, lol!

Love the patio and garden!

Could you imagine living in a tiny home? Think how quickly you could manage your housework!

And saving the best for last...some oh-so-cutie pics of my grandbaby, Emmett!!!

I wanna boop his nose!!

And nibble on those toes!!!!

He's getting so big!!
*happy heart*


Gail said...

Thanks for the history lesson.
The pictures are great!
Emmett is sure growing!
Have a great week!

Rita said...

That doesn't look like any water tower I've ever seen. It's actually pretty! :)
I LOVE tiny houses!! I couldn't climb the stairs to the loft easily and probably couldn't even manage the ladder version. I already live in a small apartment, though, so I know that this is about as small as I would like to go--LOL! But I do have an endless fascination with tiny houses, too. Have spent too much time looking at them online, I think, but they just draw me in.
Emmett is darling--and growing fast! :)

Amy said...

What a darling baby! Hope you get to kiss those cheeks someday soon!

Loved the history and the beautiful pictures!

April said...

Yes, you are very fortunate to be living where you do. Milk it for all it's worth! Your little grandson is PRECIOUS! Hope you'll get the opportunity to meet him face-to-face very soon!

Intense Guy said...

That is one wild "water tower" and a lot more easy on the eyes than the rusty steel one I see out my office window!!

Aww... cute lil' guy!!

Deanna said...

You definitely are lucky to have the opportunity to live in such interesting places. Thanks for sharing.

I, too, love looking at those tiny homes, but cannot imagine living in one. Face it, would our scrapbook stuff even begin to fit? Where would I put my sewing machine?

Emmett! So precious. Truly a gift from God.

AliceKay said...

Beautiful country.

Cute little houses.

I'm glad you're able to share in Emmett's growth thru his pictures. I know it's not the same as being there and holding him, but it's a good start. *hugs*

Christina Wernstrum said...

LOL where on earth would we put our craft stuff? have a 2nd tiny home? Sorry thinking practical here...Emmett is so cute was loving his how you doing? look.