One Year

What!?!

That can’t be right…

We’ve been living in Denmark for one year!

Seriously. It sounds so cliche but where has the time gone?

When we moved here, we didn’t really know what to expect. We definitely didn’t expect a pandemic to trap us in our new country but it hasn’t been a horrible experience.

We’ve made friends; traveled more (especially within Denmark); visited the ocean on multiple occasions; experienced a new culture.

I’ve loved the many family trips we’ve made and I can’t narrow it down to a favorite. The international community around the school has been a huge blessing in helping me not feel so alone as a foreigner in another country. I love all the nature parks around this country and how a fun hike is literally just around the corner. The Danes and foreigners in our area care for one another and it feels a lot like the Midwest spirit; neighbors helping neighbors.

But I do miss home. I miss easy shopping. Reading labels is a HUGE part of my life as I’m looking for wheat ingredients. While I have figured out the Danish words for said ingredients I must avoid, I don’t always catch it. Luckily, I’ve caught it all before getting sick.

I miss the memories that are being made with my family at home. My girls miss their cousins and grandparents dearly.

I also miss my old job. I’m honestly surprised I do because the work hours were a bit ridiculous at times. But the weather here is straight forward. I definitely miss the four seasons of the Midwest (yes, even snowstorms).

While I’m sad we couldn’t make it home this year due to COVID-19, I do not regret us moving here to this little country.

I may not speak the language yet (or at all) but there are moments I dread having to leave. We are definitely making some fond memories here.

What do my kids think about the last year? Well I asked Claire a few questions in the video below:

Her answers did surprise me a bit. And she’s a ham, like her mom was/is.

So to celebrate our one year in Denmark, where did we go?

Kolding botanical gardens.

You may remember (or not) but we have been here before. We went back in early October to participate in a little get together with other foreigners new to the area. I had been disappointed but not surprised (it was early fall after all) that the award winning rose garden was barren. So when I saw their Facebook account announce that the roses were blooming, I told the family it was going to be our next (repeat) trip.

It was a pretty dreary day when we went. It was the day after a cold front passed and kicked the heatwave out of Denmark. There had been a lot of rain the night before so I was sure the girls were dressed in rain gear and the umbrellas were packed.

We started the experience by following the path through the garden. We started in Chinese foliage and made our way through a bamboo forest to some caves. The girls spent quite a bit of time climbing up and down the caves exploring all the nooks and crannies.

Next, we made our way through Japanese foliage, to northern Europe foliage and North American. We found many flowers along the way.

After walking through a small patch of climbing roses, we entered the rose garden.

It was beautiful!
There were so many different types of roses and every one had blooms as big (if not bigger) than my hand. We may have missed the peak of the bloom as it seemed a lot of petals had accumulated on the ground. But we still had an excellent experience.
I walked from aisle to aisle taking in the smell, the sounds of the pollinators and all the colors. So many colors!

The girls did get bored quickly so I handed over my phone to them and ended up with some of these treasures:

The husband and girls headed off to the playground while I took in the last aisle of roses.

As I walked over to them, well, it had started to rain. Typical Danish weather. But after a year of living here, I was prepared with the umbrellas.
We finished the day with a picnic and a viewing of the animals. Avery was in love with the bunnies so we spent a long time with them before we called it a day.

I’m unsure what the next year will bring us. Will we be able to travel as USA citizens within Europe? Will it be safe to travel home in the next year? We’ve had three trips we have planned canceled so far due to travel restrictions and uncertainty.

There are still so many unknowns but whatever the next year brings us, we have each other to experience it with.

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