Catching up on all my favourite blogs, a post reflecting on the year past is, unsurprisingly, a common theme, and after the year we’ve had I thought I should make the effort to do the same.
Writing about our move has allowed me to remember, and record, a lot of my thoughts, feelings and enduring memories of that major event. But, there was a lot of ‘small stuff’ going on too. I don’t want to lose those moments in the chaos of the relocation.
It was a year of big decisions, of that there is no doubt.
New jobs. Resigning. House buying. Moving. New schools. New friends.
It was the year we welcomed our beautiful daughter to our family. While I was pregnant with number three everyone asked if I wanted a girl. It seemed as if I was expected to be disappointed if I had a third boy. How could I have been disappointed with a beautiful new baby? I was honestly able to say that I didn’t mind, and we fully expected to have another boy. Our girl was a huge surprise to us! I will however admit that I was more thrilled than I could have imagined. I still look at her in wonder, and feel truly blessed by my wonderful family.
Our 6yo completed his first year at school. He made the transition from nursery to school brilliantly. We were so proud of our little man, making new friends, doing well at school, enjoying every minute of it. His excitement each morning was infectious! It was the year he learnt to swim without arm bands. The year he learnt to read his chapter books. The year he started to sound like the teenager he will become…
Our 3yo continues to amaze us with his stories, his DIY skills (really!), his climbing, scooting, and cycling – his enthusiasm for everything! It was the year he learnt to write his name. The year he learnt to swim on his own. The year he built his sisters Moses basket…
Leaving the UK really brought home to us what a wonderful group of friends we were leaving behind. Even as I make new friends here, I miss all those back home terribly.
Moving to the States was a little daunting, but we could not have moved into a nicer, more welcoming, community. I’m sure future posts will highlight what a lovely town we are living in, but for the moment a few thoughts:
It was a year of change, and while some of that has been hugely stressful, all in all the change has been for the better. I am excited about discovering what 2013 holds for us. But, whatever else may be in store for us, our calmer, less frantic, life is welcome and I embrace the opportunities that it brings.