I had one of those moments last night, when I realized all that was coming up in our lives.
I mean, I know about all of these changes, but it seems to hit me in waves at times. Am I sad to leave my parents and sister? Oh yes. It is so hard to imagine holidays and birthdays without them, and it's especially hard to imagine just our day to day living without them.
Am I excited about the adventure that is coming? Oh, yes. But it's mixed with a tinge of sadness. Don't ever let my excitement for our move rule out the fact that I am so sad to be leaving everyone. And just so you know, I never imagined this life. I always pictured getting a beautiful country home near my parents, raising our kids by them, and spending holidays with our ever growing family.
I never thought that I would be moving across the Atlantic Ocean to the Middle East, to a land where most of my family is terrified of visiting me. I put on a brave face and say "you'll visit right?" but I know that most people won't, and that breaks my heart a little.
I do, however, know that this is the right thing to do. This is where we should be moving, these are the people we should be amongst, the culture we should integrate with.
So, our timeline looks like this:
Currently: Living in FL with my in-laws and brother-in-law
Late August: Move to TN to be with my parents
Mid September: Quick trip to Jacksonville, FL, to be officially appointed for our job
Mid October: Move to Richmond, VA, to begin our two months of training for cultural and language acquisition
Mid December: Finish training, head to TN for Christmas, FL for New Years.
January 2nd ish- Move to the Middle East
So, if anyone wants to plan and adventurous vacation, start saving! Ya'll are all welcome to come out to Jordan to see us!