My first birthday overseas, my best birthday ever!
The day started off with homemade cards from my beautiful boys, banana pancakes and tea prepared by my husband and a swim in the pool.
For lunch we headed to the beach with friends. We ate. We played. We enjoyed the feeling of having no agenda, having nothing to accomplish, and having good friends to spend a day at the beach with.
We ate dinner at my favourite restaurant with our feet in the white sand.
The sunset was extraordinary.
The kids played games on the beach while the adults talked and laughed. I saw a shooting star. Seriously! Then there were fireworks. Seriously! Then we lit a paper lantern and I made a wish as I watched it float up to the sky. Seriously! How cool is that?
I could not have asked for a better, more perfect day.
I have been continually pausing throughout our days and saying to myself, “I can’t believe this is my life!”
I feel incredibly blessed. Although we have had our ups and downs, most of the trip has been completely amazing. The kids are learning about more than I could have ever imagined. They are thriving in this foreign environment. Their self confidence grows each and every day and every day they amaze me in some way.
Now that we are settled in a house Mike and I have more time to pursue our interests, more time to spend with our children, and more time to be with each other. Time was one of the biggest things I looked forward to while we were planning our new lifestyle and now we have it. Now we embrace it.
We are one month in to our six months away. We are learning lessons on traveling with children, on finding community, and on going with the flow. There are many more lessons to come.
This was so worth the years of work and planning it took to get here. So worth it.