Tuesday, February 8, 2011


After my last 2 posts, I have a lot of questions that I hope to answer {and I don't know how to email you all back!}

First off...Germany!
We will be stationed at an army base where my husband will be "paying back" three years. The army paid for 3 years of his schooling plus gave us $$ to live on every month. {Anyone who is in dental school right now wondering how they are going to pay off loans might want to look into this!} So far, we've been nothing but pleased with this process. In January they sent us a list of bases that will need dentists in August. We were to send back with our top 5. We put Germany as number 1 and got it...lucky us! Matt has to go to officer basic training this summer in Texas while the kids and I "live" with my parents for June and July. Then we head over to Germany where Matt will be a dentist {& captain in the army} at the clinic on base taking care of soldiers and their families' teeth! The army will pay us a salary and give us a housing allowance to pay our rent and utilities. We also have complete health care coverage (sweet...I might have to have another baby!}

Ever since Matt's second year of dental school, when we signed up with the Army, we hoped and wished for the chance to go to Europe...now I pinch myself that it really is happening for us. We just get so excited about all the fun travel opportunities that will come our way.

**I will have a VERY comfy guest bed for friends who want to come see Europe...seriously...

Now...My OHIO STAR quilt:
*Here is a helpful tutorial for the star block
*Here is a great tutorial from my friend Allison at CLUCK.CLUCK.SEW for quilting {start to finish}
*I pieced and quilted this quilt on my Bernina {Artista 630} sewing machine. I got mine in September as a floor model for less than 1/3 of the original cost. I saved years for this puppy & I LOVE it. I used my Bernina Stitch Regulator {BSR} to help me quilt it. It's an investment, but I sew all the time...so a good machine was worth it to me.

Friday, February 4, 2011


starting August 2011
the ellingson blog {and family} will relocate to:

{Stuttgart to be exact}

from castles, to vinyards, to modern buildings to gardens...
and weather ranging from 35 to 75 degrees...
2-4 hours to:
Paris, France
Vienna, Austria
Salzburg, Austria
Prauge, Czech Repbulic
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Zurich, Switzerland {only 2 hrs}
Frankfurt, Germany {my closest temple - 2 hrs}
and just a bit longer to:
Florence, Italy
Rome, Italy
London, England

{we've already promised the kids a trip to Disney Land in Paris}

{if you couldn't tell}

we have tons to do to get ready, but what a blessing to know now!

we'll still visit AZ once a year {like we do now}
and everyone else start saving your $$$ to come see me!!!