Day 274: Homeward Bound

It’s bound to happen some day. Our some day just happens to be coming very soon.

94 days to be almost exact.


When we set out to move abroad, we agreed to one year away with the possibility of three. We were always fine with one year, until we started talking with friends and other expats, who kept telling us one year wasn’t long enough. We doubted ourselves momentarily, but soon realized what is best for our family is different than what is best for other families. There are several excellent reasons why we are choosing to move back to our home town after our one year is up in July. The number one reason is that it is best for Jeff’s career. Secondly, Christian is starting high school and we are happy for him to start back with his peer group at the beginning of his freshman year. And the younger children still prefer California over Holland, so they are thrilled.

Even though we’ve made this family decision, it still is challenging to accept the change and prepare for the transition because our life is also good here in Holland. I’m happy to move back home, but I also like our home here too. It’s what I like to call a high class problem, in that we are so blessed to have two homes now with friends and family we love in both places. Saying goodbye is never easy.

The movers came today to do an inventory and give us a quote to move our belongings back to where they belong. This made things feel real, and gave me a little anxiety.

I believe in living in the moment and living it up, so I’m not going to give much time to feeling sad or confused, because that will be living it down. I’m going to keep enjoying my friends and doing the work to prepare us for the big move home. I’m going to play and have fun and continue to make travel plans to see as much of the world as we can before we leave this continent, not that we can’t travel back here once we are back in America, its just easier from here.

Today I Am happy and sad and ok…and almost ready to start packing things up.


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17 thoughts on “Day 274: Homeward Bound

  1. We are looking forward to having you and your family back with us in California. However, I would encourage you to keep up with your daily blog posts from home in California. You have such a wonderful perspective on the big as well as small things in life, and those are great reminders to us all to keep things in perspective.

    Counting the days till your return,

  2. The experience of living abroad with your family Adriana will be in your hearts and minds forever. Your blog tells of a different life most of us will not experience , but we get to live it through you each day in your posts…. I feel like it is a gift I will hang on to for a long time. I hope you do keep up with your blog even when you are back.. It makes me smile…:) I truly am looking forward to seeing you again… Miss that SHINY girl!!! Xo

    Peace, Christine

  3. Very happy to know you are coming home sooner rather than later, but then again I feel a little of the sadness too because I will miss your European life updates and enjoy living vicariously through these blogs. But, it will be great to see you in person! Best of luck to you through the whole process. love, jess

    • Thanks Jess – you understand me and the whole happy and sad, yin and yang parts of this journey… I’m going to keep on exploring and enjoying and sharing each day and learning from this experience. It has changed me and I am going to take this adventurous spirit home with me and keep on living it up, every damn day back home too! Where shall we go explore? It’s time to create a new bucket list!

  4. I have missed you and have followed your wonderful adventure. I am looking forward to seeing you again and seeing how your children have grown and matured.

    • Wow, Shirley! I didn’t know you were following with me. That’s so nice to hear. Thank you. We are happy to see you again too. I always loved seeing you out on your walks with your dog.

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