Once in a while, you have big, huge, epic life-changing events which you have to work hard to get to. Sometimes they work out just as you had planned, and sometimes they don’t. This is one of those times where it didn’t work out, and that’s OK.
After five months of waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) and wondering when were going to be able to settle down, the cards finally got all laid down on the table and we did not have a good hand. How about that for being vague? Essentially we are coming home at the end of August. We are not sad at all. It was an interesting ride. We learned some French, visited a lot of places, and best of all learned a lot about what we can and can’t handle as couple and as a family.
I didn’t write it down here, but the first two months were some of the most stressful and emotionally painful days of my entire life. I never wish to repeat that again. I wrote about all the lovely things because that got me through. I am a very positive person by nature and try to see the bright side of things.
We made our decision to come home after two days of long discussion about how things would work in the future, with the options we were given to live here, and it was a little nerve-wracking. We would have had to change the whole way our family lifestyle worked ie. I get a job, girls go to school and daycare, etc. We weren’t up for that. Or at least I certainly wasn’t. I like my job just as it is: mama by day, artist and writer by night.
We’ll be back in Tucson by the end of August and I of course I will still be blogging. There will be a lot more of the homesteady, cooking diy, simple frugal living coming up as we will be back to living in our own space for a at least a year or two. Dreams of our own house and land are still in the works; enough savings for a down payment are accumulating, and we just need to center ourselves and decide where.
We are very excited to re-establish our home with an eye for simplicity and frugality. I will attempt to borrow, Craiglist, or freecycle most of our furniture. Keeping plastics out of our lives as much as possible and looking for environmentally friendly options when we buy new. And most important of all not buying impulsively because we need to get things. In this past 5 months I’ve learned to cook just as well with two pots and one pan, one knife and a wooden spoon. So there is no need for every size pot and pan, every cool-colored spatula and so on. This is such a unique and exciting opportunity.
I hope you’ll stick with me as I move back across the world. What a crazy year this has been. One for the record books for sure!