It seems like just yesterday I was counting the days to leaving Kuwait and making our move to America. I remember vividly when the countdown started at ’121 days’ which, at the time, felt like an eternity. In all honesty, a part of me felt like moving day would never arrive. I recall even hesitating while packing items to be shipped… thinking, “What if we don’t leave? I can’t be without this item. Should I really pack it?” I’m not sure why I felt as though that day just wasn’t going to come. I’ve traveled around the world so often the passport isn’t even eligible for additional pages anymore. Was it because it felt so final during a time it really shouldn’t have?
Obviously our travel day did come and it’s been almost a month since we arrived to America. Oddly enough I had some silly vision of having our home unpacked, organized, and fully decorated within the first week. Funny how when we imagine things we forget to add the little factor of time and hours in the day into our fantasy. Needless to say, it didn’t happen. Several weeks later and I’m finally not having to slide boxes out of the way when making morning coffee. It’s all coming together nicely.
Before moving into our new home my husband and I decided we would make every effort to make ‘home’ our primary place of entertainment. Sure we’ve gone out and explored, had meals at some of the most amazing restaurants in the area, and done some shopping for antiques, but overall we want to invest in our home life. We have a massive piece of land, a pond so large I often refer to it as ‘the lake’, and a fully renovated beautiful home. We want to plant a large garden in a few short weeks and focus on a more organic lifestyle… on all levels. I’ve already acquired some awesome pieces of furniture I’m working towards refinishing and staining (as opposed to paying someone to do it). In summation, we just want to embrace simplicity. Pinterest has been my best friend.
Do I miss Kuwait? Not even for a moment. But what I do miss are my in-laws. Far more than I could have ever imagined. We do get to talk to them daily and Skype video calls make me feel a bit closer. But nothing compares to the comfort and security I felt when having them so close. We’re already planning a visit to Kuwait for about a month in early November. For now we’ll continue to focus on living our simple American life.