Adam and I board a plane going one-way to India Monday night. We are a ball of mixed emotions as we say goodbye to our life as we know it here in the States and begin our crazy adventure on the other side of the world. I thought I’d document what I’m really excited about in regards to the move and what hasn’t been so fun. Maybe it’ll just be a fun way to look back and remember such a crazy time in our lives, but maybe it’ll encourage others I know who are in the same process as us that this time is absolutely bittersweet in every way I could have possibly imagined. (Note: None of these are in any particular order. Also, I could go on for days and days about each but thought I’d limit myself to three each for everyone’s reading stamina.)
Let’s start with the hard first so we can end on an up note!
What has been the hardest parts about moving:
-Goodbyes: Humans, in general and including myself, stink at saying goodbye. I think we probably weren’t intended for goodbyes (seeing as heaven is forever and all), but it’s definitely a real part of life. The best way I know how to describe what it feels like to say goodbye to every person, place and thing that I have held dear for such a long time is to say that it’s downright messy. Sometimes messy looks like the nasty cry while sometimes I feel numb. Other times it’s seriously awkward. 🙂 No matter how the goodbye goes down, it’s not fun.
-Packing: I will say that I have done a rather fine job at fitting all of our stuff into 9 checked bags and 4 smaller carryon bags…but it’s been rough. Most days I make a much bigger mess than I knew was possible before it gets organized and stuffed into our bags. And there’s always that “one more thing” that keeps cropping up. But ready or not, we almost have our entire lives into just a few bags.
-Logistics with money: This one might sound kinda silly but there are a million and one behind the scenes things that have to take place in order for us to get our money efficiently in India. It’s all worked out now (thank you, Jesus!), but I had no idea how complex it could be to get it all sorted out!
What I am most looking forward to about moving:
-Starting a new home: I miss having my own space. Don’t get me wrong…it has been a joy to live with my parents over the past 6 weeks! But I’m ready to decorate! I read “The Nesting Place” by Myquillyn Smith and it got me SO excited about finding treasures all around India to fill our home with. Adam said it best the other day when he said, “All of India is like one big thrift store!”
-Learning a new language: I love languages. I spent two summers taking intense linguistics classes really because I just love the subject so much. So moving to a country littered with rich and diverse languages excites me! I’m excited about finding a language tutor and learning a TON in this next year!
-Going on an adventure of a life time with My Favorite: I say this often (hopefully!), but there’s no one quite like the man I am privileged to be married to. Adam is hilarious, patient, genuine, creative, deep, faithful and straight up handsome! He leads me to Jesus over and over again and stands strong in the face of difficulty and change. Even when we have to say goodbye to everyone else, I’m deeply thankful that I don’t have to say goodbye to him!