Here we are. Our family began in 2012 in the town of South Bend, Indiana:


Four years and two beautiful red-headed children later, we thought long and hard about what was next, and we jumped into the big adventure of graduate school for Brian at Harvard University. This year has been a big leap for our small family, and it has been a wonderful year… in a gorgeous place.


As the year progressed, we discerned very carefully what was next. We considered career moves, our children, what kind of housing we want, and what kind of life we want. We considered the small things like laundry in our apartment, to whether or not we want a yard, to how to care for our marriage. We had absolutely no idea it was coming, but the amazing opportunity that presented itself to us was a career opportunity for both of us at the same school in Hamburg, Germany!

Us in Hamburg

Thus, Couch von Rot.

I’ve been blogging for 12 years at Couch of Red and I thought that this massive family transition would be a fun opportunity to start fresh in the blog world as we begin our own family international adventure.

My hopes for this blog is to share with you what it is to be an American family in Europe. We have big hopes for this year, and I plan to share it all with you. Our son, George, will be 3 1/2 and our daughter, Rowan, will be two when we arrive in Germany. By the end of this year, we fully expect to have two children who use the German language against us.


Additionally, I love photography and look forward to sharing with you what our life and travels look like!


Welcome to our new phase of life. Thanks for joining us!

[Want to know more? Check out my first blog post for more practical details!]

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