A Few Minor Changes

If you follow us on Instagram (and you should… we’re fun people!), you may have noticed a minor thing or two has changed around the Little House – nothing big though.

Nothing like having a baby, changing/quitting jobs, or putting the Little House up for rent, packing up, and moving 5,000 miles to another continent.  We’d have to be crazy to do any of those things… let alone all of them.

Oh wait. That’s us. Beals, party of three, all aboard the crazy train – or crazy plane – from sunny Dallas, Texas to a small town you’ve never heard of near Munich, Germany.  

The Little House up for rent!


  Shortly before our beautiful daughter, Isla Grace (pronounced Eye-la), was born, Kevin accepted a position at his company’s international headquarters in Freising, Germany. I’ve since left my job as a mechanical engineer to be a full time stay-at-home mom and semi-professional tourist (and sometimes blogger).  We rented out the Little House and boarded a plane on January 6 bound for Munich, Germany. 

Airplane Selfie! Taking off for Germany!

So far, it’s been an awesome, terrifying, humbling, and incredible experience.  Kevin and I still look at each other daily and wonder out loud how we found the courage to pull up the roots we’d so recently put down in Dallas and fulfill a shared life-long dream of living abroad.  It wasn’t a decision we took lightly; we prayed for weeks and had more late-night discussions that I can count.
In the end, we looked at it this way:  in twenty or thirty years, if we decided not to take this opportunity, would we look back and wish, for our sake and for Isla’s, that we had taken it?  Would we regret not taking the chance to let Isla learn a second language and experience a culture different from her own?  Would we miss the opportunities to travel and explore more than we’d miss the Little House?

The answer to all of this was a resounding “Yes.”  We would have so much regret if we never gave this a chance… so here we are, living out of boxes in a 900 square foot apartment built in the 15th century, waiting on our furniture to come by boat sometime in February.

The air shipment arrived!

We’ll be sharing more about our new apartment on Wednesday and about our new hometown, Freising, on Friday, so be sure to come back and check us out!  In the meantime, if you have any questions about expat life, getting back to blogging, Isla, or anything at all, leave a comment here or head over to our Instagram (@littlehousebigheart) or Twitter (@lilhousebgheart) feeds and ask away!

It’s so good to be back!

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  1. Rebecca W says:

    CONGRATS! You are both crazy and awesome! I’m not sure I could have made such a decision but all your reasoning is absolutely true. What a fantastic experience for you and Isla (beautiful name by the way). Excited to see what you share. And I need to go add you on Instagram!

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