People ask me, “What do you miss most about the States?” My answer is always, “The people.” In other words, our community, our friends, our neighbors, our family, etc. We’ve been here for 1.5 years and there are still days I long for those casual dates with girl friends, young and older, talking about everything under the sun. I had my regular dinner dates, bible study group, mother’s helper, church community, double date friends, neighbors popping in, and more. I was surrounded, supported, and encouraged by many who knew my heart. I’m thankful for the seven years I had in San Diego to gain the friendships I now have for a lifetime. I grew a lot being on my own with my new husband and reaching some significant milestones like graduating with my Masters degree, buying a house, and having a baby. As well, I can’t forget the few friends I still have from living in the small town of Connecticut and going to uni there. You ladies know me the longest! As I write this, I’m wondering what I’m trying to get at, haha. Maybe it’s a thank you to my loved ones in the States (and those relocated elsewhere). Since our family prepared for and moved here, you guys have been amazing supporters, knowing that though you encouraged us to follow our dreams, it meant letting go of us. Thank you for your selflessness and positive attitude. I know you always let us know how much we are missed and we probably don’t do it enough since we are busy setting up our lives here. WE SURELY MISS YOU GUYS HEAPS!! We know we are walking in God’s will and this is the new chapter in our lives. We know your part in our last chapter was and is purposeful until God intersects us again. I’m already seeing how He is doing that!!
As I try to find new friends here, I remind myself that you’re irreplaceable. I wish I could clone y’all and reenact the same life here. I know I’m silly to think that and I know I’m silly to try to find replacements for the best friends I have already across the world. I just have to be patient and wise as I find the right women and couples to invest in as we journey here in the Gold Coast. I do thank God that He has blessed us with a church community of young families who are walking the same walk as us right now. It makes me not feel alone as I try to tackle motherhood daily.
Miss each one of you and am eternally grateful for your desire and commitment to remain in touch.