Saturday, February 18, 2012

From Germany to Souderton (Feli + Stefanie + Olaf) Philadelphia Family Photography

Stefanie and Olaf and Feli came to Philly from Germany.

Olaf's work brought them here.



When Stefanie and Olaf first arrived Stefani's English was limited.


Conversing was difficult.



There was something so nice about Stefanie though.



It didn't really matter that we couldn't understand each other, I was glad she was in our neighborhood.



I loved the kind of mother she was even though I couldn't understand the words she used.



Feli and Stef learned so much during their time here.



They went from barely speaking and understanding English to speaking it almost exclusively.


Stefanie and Olaf were sad when Olaf's contract was up and they learned they would be returning to Germany.



Although she greatly missed her friends and family in Germany,
 Stefanie had quickly because accustomed to the United States.


I will forever be thankful our paths crossed.


I hope they return again some day. 
I am wishing this beautiful family all the best. 
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.








41 comments:

Brian Miller said...

smiles...they look like a beautiful family...lots of smiles...and i like the kissing pic with the little between them...

Tracy P. said...

Oh my goodness, Becky! You knocked these out of the park!! I have about a dozen favorites.

Christina (fivewalkers) said...

What beautiful pictures, Becky! You always seem to be saying good bye to someone. You have a lot of strength and a lot of love.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Great pictures and looks like such a nice family! It's so sad when we make friends and then they have to move way.

Josh said...

Cute series. Love the hat!

Wayne W Smith said...

What a great story in pictures. Glad to hear you had such a good experience even though the end is bitter sweet.

Tamar SB said...

What a sweet family!! I hope your paths cross again soon!!

Sylvia R @ the Sylvr Pen said...

That second photo is one of the neatest, sweetest family portraits I've ever seen. Lovely collection.

PS Do you live in Souderton? I used to live in Solebury Twp, and before that Hatboro, and before that Doylestown. I liked it there.

Nancy Claeys said...

A beautiful and courageous family. I wish them well.

Your photographs are outstanding.

Patrice said...

Fabulous fotos!

Formerly known as Frau said...

What a beautiful family! And how nice to have a chance to meet such nice people and lucky to have you as a neighbor! Happy Sunday!

hennymats said...

gorgeous pictures and funny that they're from Germany, too! Wishing them a safe trip home and hope they'll adjust back quickly. When I returned from the US (ages ago) the culture shock going back here was much worse then coming to the States. Funny, but true. Anyhow, I'm sure they'll always keep that adventure with them :)

happy Sunday!
Swenja

Desirae R said...

Beautiful family. I love the b&w of the girl in the cornfield.

Tara R. said...

Such a beautiful family. I hope you all will stay connected after they move back to Germany.

Nukke said...

Beautiful photos !!!!

Thanks for your comment !

Keetha Broyles said...

Very sweet.

CiCi said...

The family photo with Olaf holding their little love bug and she has a band aid on her knee is the cutest picture ever.
And the one with the little cowboy hat brim over one eye and one blue eye shining at the camera. Great pictures.

kimmyskids said...

These are great! I love their sweet little girl in her hat! Precious.

Mad Mind said...

She is a beautiful girl with stunning eyes. Nice set of photos. They will treasure them forever.

Andrea Dawn said...

Such a lovely set of an adorable family. Love the blessing you gave them.

Adrienne said...

What a gift ~ to give them such gorgeous photos of their sweet family! We lived over seas for years, and have known many families that have come and gone like this. We are so much better for knowing them ~ seems you loved your connection with them in a very special way!

tiarastantrums said...

I want to walk around in a field of sunflowers!

Pieni Lintu said...

Lovely shots all :)

MG Atwood said...

that first shot is perfection! So beautifully composed, lit, and angle. Nice job. Have a great week.

Skeller said...

such darling family photos!!! and super kudos to Stefanie - learning English is NOT easy. Becky, I'm sorry you & your neighborhood are losing such sweet friends ...

Bek said...

Beautiful set! I bet the friendship will continue also across continents.

Amanda said...

Sweet story! It's amazing how quickly people can learn a language when you're immersed in it daily.

Anonymous said...

Dear BeckyShe was one of your nicest friends. I hope you see her again. From Mom

Selena @ Stoneyville said...

beautiful shots!

Melanie said...

These are ALL just A-mazing! WOW! Such a beautiful family. You rock!

Ashley Sisk said...

What a sweet portrait session - such a beautiful family.

Brooke said...

So sad that they are moving back.... What a darling family.

Stefanie said...

Very sweet images of what sounds like a lovely family, inside and out!
Happy Sunday :)

Wendy said...

Love your set of pictures. Great work!

Stasha said...

Beautiful, happy family. You captured them perfectly.

Molly said...

Beautiful pictures and the story is lovely. I love that these peoples path crossed with yours and how much you have obviously got out of knowing them.

Mollyxxx

BF said...

What beautilful shots!

Unknown Mami said...

You've got me missing them and I don't even know them. Beautiful shots of them.

Satakieli said...

Beautiful, what a sweet family!

Thanks for taking part in the Poetic Winter Photo Challenge :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

They are such a beautiful family...so glad they got to know YOU too.

Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud said...

So sorry to hear that your friends are leaving, but glad that your paths crossed! I love that photo of the little girl peeking out from behind her hat. So sweet!

Thanks so much for joining us in the Poetic Winter Photo Challenge. We're moving on to our final theme on Friday, Calm. Hope you'll stop by and join us again. Have a great day!