Well, hot on the heels home from our trip to Rome, I threw myself into planning several more trips in the coming months. Half of it being the high of just having had a successful family journey- and the other half being the sheer terror that we’re just not going to see all of the places that we want to see before our expat contract was up at the end of October. Because let’s be real here, shall we? We’d never spend this much time in Europe again with the kids. This is our one shot. Talk about pressure.
That all said—- we’ve got some news. Some very, very, very good news on our end. I mentioned a while ago that our hopes were pinned on the fact that January would be the month we found out what’s happening next. Where we would go- if we would stay as expats, and so on. We flirted with a few ideas and a couple of leads, but the universe stepped in and has given us what we truly wanted all along: to stay right here in our very own village of Oisterwijk until (get this) 2017!
Holy cow, can you believe that?! I still can’t. But I am so so so excited, grateful and, well, relieved. We’ve struck gold with the school the boys attend- and when they’re happy- mama’s very happy. B’s Dutch is so good at this point that I would have hated to take it away from him in the US. The twins are coming along with theirs and- well- I did make a deal with myself that if we stayed I’d make a true effort in learning Dutch too.
So at this point, they will be 7 and 8 years old when we come back. I don’t know if anything blows my mind more than that.
I’ll have to get over my fear of flying back to the States with the boys for a visit or two- and we will continue to invite our family over to visit. Of course the Omas aren’t thrilled, but supportive. They know what this means to all of us, and most importantly for the boys.
I was bumming that my husband couldn’t run the Paris marathon this year due to a scheduling conflict, but looks like he’ll get another shot. The possibilities are endless and we’re pretty content. Additionally- we like the idea that we can slow down a bit. We want to enjoy traveling with the kids- not feel like we had to slam stuff in just to do it. This, in itself, is a relief.
It’s not all sunshine and rainbows though- we still don’t know if we can stay in this specific house since our landlord initially wanted to sell- so that’s still up in the air. Since my husband’s new position is with the same company, just in another town- we can stay in Oisterwijk and would look for a rental here if we do need to move. And coincidentally, our tenants back in SC are breaking the lease early. Minor headaches, but hey- what are a few bumps in the road?
So cheers, high-five, and a hip-hip-hooray! The friends I’ve made this side of the pond- we’ll be seeing you