Being poor does not mean being unhappy - just the contrary!
Dieter's first job as Construction Engineer and Architect was just enough to pay our small rent and buy groceries. From there on Dieter frequently changed employers to climb up the money ladder, which also meant changing locations of residency. The apartments got bigger over the years and so did Dieter's reputation as a Professional. At some point big Construction Companies sent their Managers to our door to win Dieter over and convince him to change.
We were a family with two sons when we started to make vacations at the Holland shoreline south of Rotterdam. When we had our daughter we had moved already to a neighboring city and when she was 2 years old, we had to move to Bremen. The Apartment at "Huchtinger Bahnhof" was spacious and involved 2 floors with another room under the roof. It was so nice that we never really had the urge to buy an own house. It was also a matter of money. We both loved our vacations and we always taylored those to the needs of our children. Later on our camper trailer changed to a bigger size, a small boat with an outboard motor was added - and our vacations stretched out to Austria and Norway. Our boys were active Kayakers participating in Ralleys and Dieter helped them and their peers to transport them and the kayaks to starting locations. Dieter and I were also members in a Camper Community at the river Weser and had our own lot. We invested into that too, and we were driving to that wonderful spot outside Bremen almost every weekend. Of course - our children loved that.
Finally - in 1977 we had that idea to buy our own
Our property was the biggest one in size and located at the end of the development and had access to the garage court where Dieter's business car was parked. Dieter had built another big double garage for my Audi and his BMW with the garage door to the garage court. He was pretty busy converting a dirt patch of old lawn into a park-like garden. I can publish only some pictures from it because so many others are showing persons of our family and friends and I do not expose them to the public according to their wishes.
This is the front of our part of the house coming from the street Dinklager Weg in Stuhr via a foot path.