Reflection: 2 months on

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It’s been two months. Our South African holiday is coming to an end. It has been a very special time for the kids and I, perhaps a little less so for my dear husband who held the fort in the desert for most of that time. While time flew by for us, I can only imagine how it must have dragged for him.

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He will never really understand how thankful I am to him for this time at home. We went on road trips, remember Moolmanshoek and Kiara Lodge? I got to catch up with life-long friends and make new special memories with family. We started building our home here and were there on the day they broke ground. I got to fetch my nephews from school, we went for all our necessary health tests that were long over due, (YAY, I was cleared of lymphoma). I got to be present when my brother launched his very own high-end security company. What a Blessing….all of it!

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The hardest part of living an expat life is living away from family, my husband and I are both very close to our families and they add such richness and quality to life.

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Two days ago I was there to pay my love and respect to my dearest grandfather who passed away in his bed at home at the ripe old age of almost 89. He was the head of our clan! The patriarch! Strong, wise, funny, a family man, confidant, and kind. These are the qualities I will hold onto when I think of him. A good man who is finally at peace.

We have packed up our big cargo box full of family favorites that you can only get in SA and it should arrive in Kuwait the same day as us. And this weekend will be a weekend of warm wishes and fond farewells.

It’s bittersweet going home. We are looking forward to seeing our international friends again, to getting back to having our own space again, and above all else seeing our beloved little dog again.

This was literally me yesterday trying to go to the toilet by myself:

YES – I NEED MY SPACE!

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While my head is getting back in the game and preparing for our long journey home, I’m also trying to silence the heart that has started missing my South African home, family, and friends. I’m so thankful once again for our families who have welcomed us into their homes for weeks at a time, it’s not easy adding 5 extra human beings into any given household, yet you did so graciously.

I have many more stories out of Africa to share with you all and I can’t wait. But for now, I need to get back to packing. We are at the end of our laundry, the kids have zero matching socks and I’m pretty sure they’ve grown a dress size in the last two months as well. We are all looking a little wrinkly and mismatched, but we are happy and content and full of love and life.

As the Northern hemisphere welcomes fall, I come to you from Sunny SA and wish you all:

Happy Spring Day.

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xoxo

la

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