After the initial adjustment period ends, the hardest part about moving overseas isn’t the differences in language, driving on the “wrong” side of the road, different food at the market (or different names for common foods).
No, the hardest part about moving overseas is being so far away from family.
We’ve been fortunate that our parents have been able to make the journey, as well as a favorite Aunt and Uncle, but the cost of travel and family schedules has made it difficult for us to visit siblings as often as we’d like and for them to come here.
I’m grateful for Facebook and Skype, to be sure.
This past April, we were able to catch up with ALL our siblings over the two-week break. The Chicago area, St. Louis, Williamsburg and Richmond Virginia – it was a very busy, manic trip.
It was, in a word – FABULOUS.
It was brilliant to see all of our children together – to see all the personality traits they share, the mannerisms, the expressions, the features.
I hope we don’t have to wait so long to get together with everyone again, and I know that having them all to go back home to will make our eventual move home more appealing for the kids.
This is week 102 of the Gallery: Family.