One year ago today we got on an airplane and moved back to California from Amsterdam. It was bittersweet. I cried before the plane landed, not quite ready to give up our expat life and the day to day living and sharing with our new friends and family.
One year already? How did that go by so quickly? I had so many things I was going to do this year but haven’t. It went by so fast.
I still miss my friends and our jetset schedule, but I’m happy to be home in our little house where the sun shines every day.
Kristin walked by our house this week as I was coming home and had a huge bag of plums to share. Her kids are house sitting for another neighbor and their prolific plum tree produced probably 20 pounds of plums. She offered me a fair share and today I made my first gluten free plum cobbler for dessert tonight from the bounty.
This just made me happy to be home. I am thankful for my neighbors and friends. I am thankful for our beautiful weather. I am happy to be a stay at home mom who has time to be with my kids and cook random desserts and that I have time to think and shop and prepare family dinners.
Today I got to play tennis outdoors and ride the bakfiets to pick up Charlie at a friend’s house, besides the 101 other tasks.
Even though I miss Holland and Barbara and Joseine and my family and everyone else, I am really happy to be living in California again.
Life is good. I am happy.