Looking Forward

It's no secret that I am counting down the days until we move back to the U.S. It's been a long (almost) three years and I want nothing more than to say that I once again live on American soil. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything and I know that we have been incredibly blessed for the opportunities we have had and the amazing people that we have met.  I am SO grateful.

That being said, I have to be honest and say that I'm ready. I'm ready to be home. In my country. Close to the people that I love.  Even though we live in a country that is modern and well established, there are still days where it's just not easy to live here. Of course it's nothing big and we haven't faced any major trials, but there are just little annoyances that can get to you after a while. And I think knowing our departure date has really made me ready for this chapter of our lives to come to a close so that we can begin our next one. Along with those deep feelings of longing for home, there are also some simple things and little conveniences that I just can't wait for. And yes, some of them are incredibly shallow and trivial, but I'm excited about them nonetheless. So until we're actually in the land of the free and the home of the brave, these are the little things I'll be looking forward to:

-buying something without having to convert the currency to USD

-being in the same time zone as friends and families

-texting and calling anyone anytime I want (without having to rely on the slooow internet)

-having a Target and Wal-Mart within a few miles

-wearing sleeveless shirts, dresses, and shorts whenever and where ever I want

-finding every ingredient for a recipe (without paying an arm and a leg for it!)

-clearance racks. It's pretty much impossible to do any kind of bargain shopping here so it will be fun to be able to do that again.

-grocery stores without parking garages and escalators

-finding craft supplies when I need them

-frozen food (You know like Lean Cuisine and frozen pizza. I know that stuff isn't good for you but it's nice to have everything now and then.)

-sending and receiving mail in days instead of weeks

-decorating our house with our furniture and decor (We've been using government issued furniture while ours has been stored)

-shopping at the commissary (military grocery store)


-flying home to see our parents in 5 hours instead of 20

-holidays on American soil

-real Mexican food

-buying wine and beer at any store without a liquor license

-thrift store, Craigslist, yard sale shopping (and repurposing)

-plugging in any appliance without a converter

-having a data plan on my phone

-seeing all of our stuff that has been in storage for the last three years (Did I ever tell y'all that I left ALL of our photo albums and pictures in storage? It's one of the things I look most forward to unpacking.)

-having two cars

-seasons (not just hot, hotter, and unbearable!)

-feeling settled (I think this will come with knowing that we are going to be in one place for several years. This is essential because we will have moved 3 times in 3 years by the time we make this last move.)

I've had several of these things in my head for a while now but some of them just came up as I started writing. It's funny just how much you miss without even knowing it. (Though I guess you don't really miss it that bad if you don't even realize it. Ha!) Of course there are some things about this place that I will miss- the list may not be as long as the one above- but there are some things. I'll save those for another day.

Emily Powell said...

Mexican food! That is what my SIL missed the most when the lived in Germany...she learned to cook really good Mexican food since she couldn't buy it. It's the little things...

Meg G said...

WOW! I would not have thought of most of those, we really take what we have here for granted on a daily basis. I usually get homesick after a week away from home (and that is just traveling within the US), I cannot even imagine three YEARS in a completely different country! Yikes! Prayers to you!

Laurin said...

YES! I lived overseas while growing up (SE Asia) and coming back 'home' was awesome. There are times when I really want to go back to visit (my family now lives in Mumbai) but I'm not sure if I could do it long term. You're almost there!

Stephanie said...

It's crazy the things that we take for granted, after reading your list we have it pretty good over here.

Lindsay said...

so excited for you to come back on to american soil. what a blessing that will be :) the list is all the things we take for granted....but it is so real.
excited for you and your family!! :)

Paige said...

Wow! That is quite a list. Travel safe and I hope you and your family get to enjoy all of things once you are back in the US.

Natalie said...

Those are some wonderful things to look forward too...it's crazy to see how the small things can really be missed when you have to do without!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

I couldnt imagine having everything in storage for that long, it will seem new again!

Rachel and John said...

Totally Fair. I just moved across the country 4 years ago, and I missed silly things like reflective road paint.

Ya, road paint! So I kinda know how you feel! I wish I was moving home!

luvbnmom said...

I would totally have agreed, especially with the target thing!

Mandy said...

Girl, your time is almost here to be back in the US and I, for one can't wait!!!! :) How sweet will it be when I find a great clearance item at Target that I can text you a pic so you can check your Target for one? lol :)

Jessica K said...

So glad to hear you're coming back to the US so soon!! Target is a must have! It's amazing the little things we miss. :)

Megan said...

I think I would miss target and real mexican food the most. I want to go overseas so badly, but I would miss all you stated a ton too!

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